In 2018 I spent my third artist residency at the Institut fur Alles Mogliche in Berlin, GERMANY. There I started to read Homer's The Odyssey about Odysseus's return to the island of Ithaca after the fall of Troy and his many adventures along the way. This led me to make 10 acrylic gouache on paper drawings in situ and on my return to Ireland I set about making paintings on the same theme.
The first painting was completed in late 2018 and called Ithaca, the island home of Odysseus. This is the start of Homer's story but the story itself is not chronological and moves backwards and forwards in time and for that reason shows a very contemporary style as a piece of writing. Other paintings have followed in turn and the series is ongoing.
See Gallery page for images under the heading The Odyssey.
Drawing 531 (Ithaca)
Acrylic gouache/paper 56.2x57.3cms 2018 Collection: the artist