This exhibition will be the artist’s first display of works solely preoccupied with the experience of place. His method is derived from a knowledge and understanding of the methods of both abstract and figurative painters of the past which are synthesised in his own work.
Permanent Green is concerned with the ways we understand place, nature and memory and how these ideas intersect. Ten large scale paintings make up the principal body of this new work, which is rooted in the raw and elemental countryside of County Mayo in the west of Ireland. O’Donoghue has visited the area frequently since childhood, both sides of his family having emigrated from Ireland during the early 20th century. As he arrived in Mayo as a child from the urban environment of Manchester, a sense of wonder in nature would dominate his experience. This sense endures as an imaginative presence and reference point in the artist’s work and is returned to both literally and figuratively.