I have amazing news, I have been awarded a grant to help develop my work by The Pollock Krasner Foundation. The Pollock Krasner Foundation is based in the New York and makes awards to artists internationally,”helping to stabilize and to strengthen the careers of artists, not to mention their personal lives as they do their creative work.” I feel very honoured to be the awarded this grant, knowing the quality of past recipients and the fact that I am only the second artist in Ireland to have been grantee.
The grant will help me to work on a series of drawings and paintings based on people in places. This new major body of work will combine elements of my plain air painting with the portraiture I explored in The Andy Parsons Project in 2009-10.
Participants will be asked to pose for a portrait outside somewhere that has significance to them. The initial portrait session will be done in situ, outside the studio, with optional indoor studio sessions. The aim is to challenge the way we rely on photography to mediate our experience of the world and to produce images that have emotional power and personal meaning.
As a precursor to the project I have produced this 3×3.5 foot drawing, ‘JM at the sand dunes’. The drawing brings together a plain study I began in 2010 with a portrait of my wife.