Artist Eoin Butler presents Inscapes, a lyrical and engaging exhibition of landscape-inspired abstract works at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, opening on Friday, September 7 at 7.30pm.
During the course of his MA in fine art at the NCAD in 2004, Eoin Butler began making drawings from his native Midlands landscape, a personalised view of the local landscape observed and imagined. Eoin’s work now tends towards a delicate abstraction, and engaging in the creative play that embraces the dynamics of visual form: problem solving, exploring pattern, colour, and space.
“The work might be figurative or abstract. It grows out of an enquiry, a creative response and energy to ideas, materials and the combinations of sometimes incongruous and juxtaposed odds and ends. Butler has always endeavoured to open a discourse between material reality and this unseen spiritual inscape,” observes commentator Desmond Kenny. “Colour, forms, and materials combine and resonate to reveal this inner quality of our visual world.” Eoin gives the work its own identity, “creating anew, and evolving a fresh dialogue in the making”, which critic and poet Cherry Smyth has described as “a rare, gentle and profound skill.” Eoin works full-time in his studio in Dun Laoghaire.