Landscape and ecological change are at the centre of these new works by Kurt Oppermann, showing in the RHA Ashford Gallery. The landscape is re arranged, altered, and manoeuvred as to facilitate function, efficiency and aesthetic.
While the paintings depict no clear or identifiable place they articulate a system of processes that can perhaps be felt or recognised. These landscapes continually attempt to reach a pictorial balance by any means necessary, combining areas of flatness and depth, rough spontaneous handling is offset against sharp representational elements. Underlying motifs throughout the paintings reference bar charts, graphs and financial indexes. This two dimensional abstract visual language opens a dialogue between historical representations of space and depth and the expanding need to condense content and information.
Living and working in Dublin, Oppermann graduated from NCAD with an MA in Fine Art in 2017 and with a BA in Fine Art from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2010. He has exhibited in a number of RHA Annual exhibitions including the 189th Annual Exhibition where he was shortlisted for the Hennessy Craig Award.
Other exhibitions include; Limits and Range, Ormond Studios and Gallery, 2018, NCAD MA Graduate Show, The Annex, Dublin, 2017, An Exhibition of Portraits from the State Art Collection, OPW, Farmleigh House, Dublin, 2016, Side by Side, MFA Group Show, Frawleys, Thomas Street, 2015 and he currently has a studio at Richmond Road Art Studios, Dublin.
Image: Kurt Oppermann, Day Trader, 2019, Oil on canvas, 90 x 80 cm, Image courtesy of the artist.