Fintan Whelan’swork involves constant assessment, measurement and exploration of pigments and their configurations, combined with varnishes, oils and a variety of materials.
His art is both deeply abstract and grounded in the physical realities of whatever he's using to create it. All these variations determine a complex whole that is essential in shaping an artwork. Whelan's method of painting is characterised by an immediacy ofprocess and an urgency of vision, which he has been developing over the last decade.
This exhibition is an exploration of how the fragility of pictorial illusion subsists amid a world of contingencies.In a contemporary visual culture in which images flood and overwhelm us, Whelan aims to re-establish our sense of images as elusive, mysterious and hard-won.