Felim Egan investigated the relationship between form, line and colour. Drawing inspiration from the waters and shores of Dublin, his home for many years, Egan's paintings are imbued with the intense atmosphere of their source, and the deep hues and saturated fields of colour that hover above the surface of the work lending it a melancholic quality that closely echoes our experience of limitless skies and the vastness of nature.
Egan's focus on composition, and its inherent poetry, counters the enormity of his subject and grounds the work within our visual register. Each painting explores the nuances of how line and colour combine with those of balance and harmony with respect to the whole.
'They are clearly that mysterious thing, both a map towards home and pictures of home itself. Marginal, limi-nal, lonesome, and of course always with that astounding technical accomplishment that goes without saying (but worth repeating). Look at the fragments of stars, look at the drawn path of these stars, lost lights surely, but bound on their journeys, and joining by some means those lonesome squares of dissolving, resolving colour'. (Sebastian Barry)
Felim Egan (born 1952, Strabane, Ireland. Died 2020, Dublin) studied art in Belfast and Portsmouth, prior to attending the Slade School of Art in London. He spent a year at the British School at Rome in 1980 before moving to Dublin. His work is in many museum collections including: National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; British Librabry, London; Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.