Messum’s are proud to announce a major new exhibition of Alan Cotton’s paintings focussing on the West Coast of Ireland.
There are certain places where the special contours of a landscape trigger Alan Cotton’s creative imagination. The West Coast of Ireland is one such place. It forms the main focus of this exhibition, filling Messum’s gallery with the potent blues and violets and rich grey-greens characteristic of the countryside that skirts the Atlantic ocean. Here the weather is the main protagonist, and the skies, heavy with rain-bearing clouds or streaked with pearly light, dominate many of Alan Cotton’s paintings. He has explored the territory of Kerry, Connemara and Donegal with a passionate intensity, steeping himself in its history and internalising the shapes and colours of winding lanes, rocky walls and coastal cliffs. Elsewhere, whether Provence, Tuscany or Transylvannia, Alan gives us a rich travelogue of colourful impasto imagery evocative of terrain and a sense of place.