Gravitational Geometry: Method of Movement and Attraction by Daniel Donnelly at Six Foot Gallery.
18th August 2016 – 31st August 2016
Gravitational Geometry: Method of Movement and Attraction is an exploration and appreciation of history’s great artists, writers and philosophers that have inspired Daniel Donnelly throughout the years.
The title sums up painting that, as a craft, he has pursued over many years, and the merging of many roads travelled. Put simply, this work is inspired by his personal need to appreciate the devotion of history’s great artists, writers and philosophers, with whose works he has encountered in books, galleries and museums throughout the years.
The portraits themselves are evolved in a slow manner that represent how he feels in regard to these artists’ influence upon him, these feelings are evident in the pieces, clouding them almost like a mood.
To brighten the darkness of his portraiture he has also incorporated geometric pattern into his ouevre. His first work of this description was after he had completed making 40 handmade artist’s books, full of unique and varying patterns and colours. Using this as an source of observation, and understanding the vast amount of variations within this kind of work, he can now put this forward both as a research tool, and a finished work. After making several of these books he began to acquire a knowledge of a particular form set down by my pencil and brush; a language of his own.
We sat down with Daniel ahead of his Exhibition to find out more this body of work, Listen in: Six Foot Gallery In conversation with Daniel Donnelly