'SHELDUCK', oil on panel, 24" x 36".
© Fergus A Ryan 2012
Looking across the bird reserve at low tide, in evening light. The figure's hair and clothing echo the chestnut and white of the striking shelducks, and there is a fainter echo in the chimneys. The scene was inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni's evocative film 'The Red Desert' (Il Deserto Rosso), starring Monica Vitti, set in the industrial landscape of Ravenna. I first came across the film when reading of the influences on the work of Belarusian artist Andrei Zadorine, and a similar theme occurs in the paintings of Julio Reyes. The setting in this painting is the causeway to North Bull Island in Dublin Bay.
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