Charles Tyrrell is widely respected as one of Ireland’s most consistent, rigorous and proficient painters. In the Spring of this year Tyrrell exhibited a new series of large scale works in the Soltice Arts Centre, Navan and in the Crawford Gallery, Cork, the two venues collaborating to afford him the possibility of showing in his native county and in his adopted county, Cork, where he has lived on the Beara Peninsula since 1984.
These new works are physical and robust. In many respects this work is sculptural, having more in common with the profound simplicity of Richard Serra’s sculptures and their exploration of gravity than with the issues of abstract painting. Shapes are compressed, fractured, fissured and faulted as if Tyrrell is taking the forming of the earth itself as his subject. More tectonic than topographic Tyrrell’s paintings speak of the essentiality of paint and existence, of fact and of metaphor with equal passion.
A full colour catalogue will accompany this exhibition.