Phillip D Foley

Contemporary Irish Visual Artist

Phillip D Foley

Contemporary Irish Visual Artist

The Hinterlands Exhibition

This exhibition of drawings by Galway based artist Phillip Foley investigates this connection of the land to our sense of identity.  It documents the often dramatic landscapes of the west coast and questions the changing perceptions of them as our relation to the land changes. 

Hinterlands is Phillip Foley’s First UK Solo Exhibition and takes place at the Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square from 29th March to the 28th April 2018 in the Sunburst Room. Admission is free. For more information click Here.

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The areas of extensive countryside around the west of Ireland are often referred to as “hinterlands”, a term that comes from German and loosely translates to “the land behind”. It describes how we perceive these places as remote, yet connected to us. This exhibition depicts these natural spaces and investigates their underlying connections to our sense of time and place. The hinterlands inform our sense of both in subtle but crucial ways.

When we think of time we do so in human centric scales: months, years, even centuries and millennia. These timescales however break down when we consider the ancient and, to our perception, eternal nature of the natural landscape. In reality, landscape is beyond human time. In a single lifetime or even multiple generations, the landscape will not change perceivably. This reminds us of the scale of nature. It’s easy to become caught up in human centric timescales as we go about our lives sheltered by modernity. Reminding ourselves of nature’s scale in contrast to our own gives us perspective of our brief existence in relation to the monumentality of nature.

My images are a way of expressing this timeless quality in the small, limited, and human way that I can. Through representational drawing, I create images that evoke the timescales of nature. As these timescales can be hard to grasp, the understandable act of drawing allows the viewer to engage with them in a very human way. Drawing is itself ancient and as seemingly eternal as the landscape. Representing the world through lines and tone has been part of us since prehistory and predates the written word. This human way of seeing stands in stark contrast to the inhuman scales of nature and allows us to interpret it in a relatable way.

As the modern world has changed our perceptions of time and place, the connection we feel to the land has also changed with it. From urbanisation to the depletion of natural resources, changing perceptions of the land reflect changes in our sense of identity. This show seeks to understand these changes and situate an understanding of the contemporary relationship to landscape in scale.

-Phillip D Foley

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About Phillip Foley

Phill Foley is a visual artist based in the west of Ireland who creates drawings of natural spaces. These drawings focus on weather, atmosphere, geologic time and natural scale. Foley graduated from GMIT CCAM in 2014 with a 1:1 in Painting and has since exhibited with galleries across Ireland and abroad. In addition to this Foley also works as an art teacher providing arts education for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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About Phillip Foley

Phill Foley is a visual artist based in the west of Ireland who creates drawings of natural spaces. These drawings focus on weather, atmosphere, geologic time and natural scale. Foley graduated from GMIT CCAM in 2014 with a 1:1 in Painting and has since exhibited with galleries across Ireland and abroad. In addition to this Foley also works as an art teacher providing arts education for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Loughrea, Galway
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