Jim Manley, ARUA
He has exhibited extensively at home and abroad over 3 decades throughout Ireland, London, Oxford, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Rockcliffe.
1979 McGonigal Prize, Oireachtas.
1984 Patrons Prize, EVA
1997 Landscape Prize, RUA
1997 Elmwood Gallery, Smallworks
1999 Painting Prize, IONTAS
Works purchased by Public collections include:-
Conrad Hotel; Ulster Television; Stormont Castle, Belfast; Abbot Hall, Kendal;
The Walker Gallery, Liverpool; Bank of Ireland, Dublin; AIB International;
Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Jim’s works have a strong environmental message they are inseparable from their place in the world and from his relationship as a painter to his environment. His shorelines take on a complexity far removed from the natural place we have all experienced. Bottles and rubber gloves are painted analogously with birds and fish and the non-biodegradable indestructibility of man's most recent technological confusion is set against the beauty of Gods creations.
In Jim’s words “Drawing makes you look at things”. He has a very large number of drawing books and always carries one with him for “shorthand notes. I draw from life.” I wait for ideas. I’ll think about something for a couple of weeks and do some drawings. I work on groups of three or four paintings at a time. They take a long time to dry and I don’t want to overload the surfaces so that they become opaque. As a result I tend to work around the same set of ideas at any particular time.
“I don’t like to be in control all the time, but you can’t let a picture go on its own”
“I prefer subdued colours, so I’m pleased when it doesn’t dry out so strongly.”
Rockcliffe Gallery, Barons Craig, Rockcliffe, Colvend Coast, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
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