© Martin Gale
Martin Gale, Irish, b.1949
Title: Over and Above
Date: 2017
Medium: Oil on canvas
110 x 60 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 2018
Object Number: NGI.2018.26
DescriptionThis painting featured in Gale's solo show 'Bloodlines' at the Taylor Galleries in 2018, in which the artist explored people and places of personal significance, a recurring concern in his work. The body of work on display also featured numerous depictions of fauna, and marked the artist's family's longstanding connection with horses. Though Gale had not addressed this family association directly in his work before, he has expressed his familiarity with and feeling for the countryside clearly over many years. His representation of the landscape is, typically, unsentimental and often features figures in incongruous or isolated settings. 'Over and Above' is rather comparatively decorative, but similarly confounding, as the artist presents us with a rook's-eye view of a ploughed field.
ProvenancePurchased, Taylor Galleries, 2018
Exhibition HistoryMartin Gale. Bloodlines, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 11 May - 2 June 2018

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