Turning Buttercups #2

2008

McKeown, William
William McKeown is best known for his luminous abstract paintings that explore states of mind, such as happiness and freedom, as well as qualities of nature like light, air and sky. His works in oil on linen have highly finished surfaces achieved through meticulously applied thin washes of paint. The titles of his works, such as Turning Buttercups #2 (2008) typically point to memories, emotions or ideals. The artist also created wallpaper, which sees the gallery transformed into an artificial domestic environment. Cloud Cuckoo Land (2004-2018) is a vibrant design featuring cuckoos perched casually on branches with nooses around their necks. The artist’s paintings are displayed against the wallpaper, appearing on the wall like small windows. The canvases draws the eye away from the ill-fated birds, offering a glimpse into the openness and expansiveness of light and colour.
  • Artwork Details: 46 x 46cm
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  • Material description: Oil on linen
  • Credit line: © William McKeown Foundation. Image courtesy of Kerlin Gallery, Dublin.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Painting
  • Accession number: ACC15/2017

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