A poured painting that holds control and unpredictability in equilibrium.
Fintan Whelan luxuriantly pours pigment onto a blank canvas. Then tilting and moving the frame, he allows the colour to move across to create mesmerising patterns and swooshes.
In this game of chance, for every painting that is successful there are many that do not achieve this perfect balance. Only these successful paintings make it out of his studio, an old church organ factory in Germany.
"My way of working has become more meticulous through constantly adding or applying new materials like silk fibres or testing new techniques to push my process to its limits. This continuous experimentation is a key element to my new works."
The open ended nature of Fintan's work is something he takes pleasure in, imagining the viewer completes the work by adding to it their own experiences and vision.
Recent solo exhibitions: 508 Gallery, London 2019 and 2018. Gallery Wasserscheune, Adelebsen 2018. Lichtenberg Project, Künstlerhaus, Göttingen 2017. Wavelength, Johanniskirche, Kassel 2017.
Recent group exhibitions: Steidel Contemporary, Palm Beach 2019. 508 Gallery, London, 2018. Einfach Ohne Alles, Luzia Sassen Gallery, Cologne 2017. Abstract, Le Dame Art Gallery, London 2017.
Fintan Whelan was Artist in Residence at London's Chelsea Harbour Design Centre and is a member of BBK the Federal Association of German Fine Artists.