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Michael Canning

Drawing I

87 3/4 x 57 3/4"


Michael Canning's paintings on paper result from a methodical creative process and an exploration of the process itself. Pigments are built up and then abraded to create a deep, tactile surface. The delicate, flowering weeds are monumental in their isolation, defiantly blossoming from a blackened foreground of soot and sediment. Vast landscapes reaching into the distance are inspired by the environs of his home and studio in the West of Ireland. The flowers suspend between light and darkness, a meditation on time, transformation, and memory.