Oil on canvas, 150 x 100cm
Mixed Media, 28 x 21cm
Mixed Media on paper, 46 x 39cm
Fionnuala Nolan's paintings seem to emerge from some mythical Ireland we all recognise but can't easily express. Our instinct is to cling to recognisable hints of mountains, cliffs, fields and oceans – elements of Irish landscape painting - that materialise out of a soft mist or disappear in a torrent of sudden 'weather'. But are we looking from above the clouds, or from below the waves? We begin to see and feel the whole landscape all at once, succumbing to the elements, allowing ourselves to drown in the terrible elemental beauty.
It is familiar, we are not afraid. We dive in.
Throughout her career Fionnuala has communicated her sense of awe and enjoyment in the environment, the daunting wilderness, but also an intense engagement with it.
"The recurring theme of Fionnuala Nolan's work is space. It might start from a physical space, a landscape, but the earth and the sky are only the soft edges, the failing parameters of eternity. We are invited to enter this infinity, comforted by the familiarity of boggy green Irish lands, and temptingly summery skies, but once we succumb we are frighteningly free, released into ourselves and suddenly boundless. This is a landscape, familiar yet unknown; it is our internal selves."
© Fionnuala Nolan 2022