Etching with aquatint on 300 gsm Zerkall
23.5cm x 34 cm
Edition of 40, signed and numbered
Printed by Graphic Studio, Dublin
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Gale has occupied and important place in Irish art since the 1990s. His photo-realist work responds to the Irish landscape, and how people interact with it. Employing both oils and watercolour his landscapes reject romantic ideals and create a dark and edgy commentary on rural life, lonely figures look away from the viewer, a circus tent or a trampolines sits in deserted field. This edition is present by IMMA in association with the artist and The Graphic Studio, Dublin to accompany the exhibition
Born in Worcester, England in 1949 Martin Gale was brought up and educated in Ireland, and graduated from National College of Art and Design in 1973. In 1980 he represented Ireland in the XI Biennale de Paris and has since represented Ireland abroad a number of times. Solo shows include Artists' Choice, John Martin Gallery, London, 2008, Martin Gale, Fenton Gallery, Cork, 2008, Recent Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 2006, Nissan Art Project, RHA, Dublin, 2004, Lost Fields, Fenton Gallery, Cork, 2002, Hardlands, Taylor Galleries, Dublin,2001, Two Places, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1996, Still Life Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1992, New Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1989, Drawings, Galway Arts Centre, Nun's Island, Galway, 1988, Beyond the Garden Wall, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1987, Artists's Response, Arts Council touring exhibition, Irish venues, 1981-82, Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1981 and Neptune Gallery, Dublin, 1974. He is a member of Aosdána and the RHA and is represented by the Taylor Galleries, Dublin.