Belfast Telegraph

Drawing inspiration from houses

By Liz Baird

Fine Art Ireland, 168 Lisburn Road, Belfast, Until May 14. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm

This is the third time that Aidan Bradley, who the gallery refers to as “one of Ireland’s most respected and gifted painters”, has had a solo show at Fine Art Ireland.

Born in Dublin in 1961, he graduated from the National College of Art and Design and has exhibited regularly at the RHA annual exhibition.

A landscape and architectural painter, he draws his inspiration from the historical features of Dublin, with its streets of Georgian houses and wonderful variety of doorways to the rough and unforgiving landscape of the Achill coastline. Bradley — a painter’s painter — has little interest in painting the human form, not because he feels it unimportant but because he aims to capture the intrinsic humanity of his subjects in more subtle ways.

Consider the title of this exhibition.

Humanity is clearly important to him but expressed through bricks and mortar. He has a loose, free, painterly style which has moved increasingly towards abstraction and away from ‘prettiness’.

Aidan Bradley is not about design or pattern but rather about editing out the unnecessary and ending up with an almost flat picture plane with an absence of perspective. This exhibition reveals Bradley’s search for pure, expressionistic representation of form, through the use of line and colour.

For information look up www.fineartireland.com or contact Paul McClements at 028 90 681685.

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