Oliver Durcan
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© Oliver Durcan, 2017
Site by Luke McDonald
Relic I, 2015
Oil on Board
(h)55 x (w)37 cm
Relic II, 2015
Oil on Board
(h)59 x (w)38 cm
Private Collection
Relic III, 2016
Oil on Board
(h)55 x (w)37 cm
Private Collection
Relic IV, 2015
Oil on Board
(h)50 x (w)31 cm
Relic Paintings, 2015-16
This is the first series by Oliver Durcan to exclude figurate references entirely from his paintings. The project began from finding multiple photographs of unfinished, progression shots of paintings in his studio. These throw-away iPhone pictures inspired source material for creating the paintings that in contrast, require concentration and delicacy to make.

Each painting is a realistic illusion, simulating itself as wrapped up and complete. They are made using traditional oil painting methods; on sanded gesso panels with multiple colour layers and glazes applied edge to edge and on the borders. There is a disruption in their status as ‘realistic’ however as the strong glowing reflections seen in the paintings do not react with the lighting in the gallery environment or with the movement the body makes around the paintings. Viewers may have an uncanny interaction with the work as the paintings sit on the fence between legitimate objects and illusions.

Although there is an aesthetic goal in the paintings, - inspired by pre-modernist, romantic painters - the intention of the series is to highlight different, usually undisclosed statuses that an an art object can exist in.
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