One Mind – Five Views
by Damian Talbot

Exhibition runs 17 – 29 April 2018
Opening Night: 6-8pm Tuesday 17 April
Artist Talk: 2pm Saturday 21 April

I am a self-taught artist and work as a medical doctor training to be a psychiatrist. Through the years these two aspects of my life have worked in parallel, intersecting at times e.g. themes and interests. I consider them equal and balanced parts of my outward philosophy or means of expression.

I completed my art studies in high school, and since this time I have maintained my knowledge by regularly reading art books, visiting museums, and directly interacting or consuming other cultural pursuits.

I love all styles of art but am most fascinated with the colour theories of Post-Impressionism. More recently, I have been interested in Greek mythology, which I think works in tandem and is inspired by my psychiatry training. I have also loved painting from life, particularly en plein air painting. There is something about the freshness of a work painted outdoors that can’t be emulated in the studio.

My psychiatry training has enabled me to think laterally and has challenged me to question a lot of things about society and life in general. This is why I use a wide range of techniques: from classical drawing (such as charcoal for its fluidity) to pointillism championed by Seurat and Signac. I am yet to find my preferred method of producing art, but I particularly like using oil pastels and soft pastels because of their pure and vibrant colours and the rapidity of their application.

I love animals and my cat, Charlie Paul, features prominently in the exhibition. He has such a warm and loving personality and a sense of majesty and softness that I love to capture.

I think that art can be created by anyone and with anything. Someone’s masterpiece may end up in another’s garbage bin. It is all relative and subjective, often a critique of psychiatry. In this respect, I wanted to hold an exhibition of some of my work to demonstrate the many techniques that can be employed to produce a piece of art.

‘There are always flowers for those who want to see them’. (Henri Matisse)

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