S Y N T H E S I S
noun, plural syntheses
1. the combining of the constituent elements of separate material or abstract entities into a single or unified entity (opposed to analysis) the separating of any material or abstract entity into its constituent elements.
2. a complex whole formed by combining.
For his very first solo exhibition in London, the Irish artist and Artfinder bestseller, Fintan Whelan is exhibiting a selection of his recent work at 508 Kings Road Gallery. The value of Fintan's art doubled in the past year, making him one of the most sought after international artists.
The title of the exhibition – Synthesis – suggests both a work process and an accumulation of these creative efforts. The content of his paintings allude to his living environment in the broadest sense, where any kind of objects or any kind of sensations somehow creep into the paintings. This exhibition is an exploration of how the fragility of pictorial illusion subsists amid a world of contingencies. In a contemporary visual culture in which images flood and overwhelm us, Whelan's aim is to re-establish our sense of images as elusive, mysterious and hard-won.
Despite the appearance of serendipity, Whelan's technique involves constant assessment, measurement and exploration of pigments and their configurations, combined with varnishes, oils and a variety of materials. His art is both deeply abstract and grounded in the physical realities of whatever he's using to create it. All these variations determine a complex whole that is essential in shaping an artwork. Whelan's method of painting is characterised by an immediacy of process and an urgency of vision, which he has been developing over the last decade.
The challenge that Whelan's art constitutes his motivation - that is to create resonances between or among the senses by exploiting the ever-changing detail of light and texture. His abstracts are worlds eliciting a multitude of emotional and intellectual responses that we, as viewers, must resolve.
Fintan Whelan was born in Dublin. He has spent his adult life in Ireland, Spain and Germany (his current home). His work has been exhibited and acquired by numerous collectors across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and featured in prominent residential projects in UK and USA.
Born in Dublin, in 1967. Living and working in Göttingen, Germany. Studied at DunLaoighre School of Art and Design, and Dublin Institute of Technology Mountjoy Sq., Dublin
2017 Oct. - The Innovative Art Fair, Contemporary Art Ruhr, represented by Galerie Luzia Sassen, Germany
2017 Sept. - Focus Show, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London, UK
2017 Jan - Artrooms 2017, Meliá White House, London, UK
2016 Oct - Kunstmesse Kassel, documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany
2016 July - ART SANTA FE 2016 (USA)
2016 June - Projection of 70 artworks selected from my portfolio on 30 ft screen / BigScreenPlaza / 6th Avenue, Manhattan, NY
2015 March - July - Installation Project "Wow Brows" funded by the Association of German Fine Artists in Lower Saxony
2014/2015 Art'pu:l, Cologne, Germany
2013 May - June - Art'pu:l, Cologne, Germany
2007 Nov.-Jan. 2008 Kunstmarkt, Hannover, Germany
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Aug. - Gallery Wasserscheune, Adelebsen, Germany
2017 June - "Lichtenberg Project", Künstlerhaus, Göttingen, Germany
2017 Jan. - April - "Wavelength", Johanniskirche, Kassel, Germany
2016 August - Rothe House, Kilkenny, Ireland
2014 Oct. - Arts and Culture Centre, McAuley Place, Dublin, Ireland
2014 Sept. - Winkelman Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2014 May - June - InterView III - Kunstlerhaus Gallery Göttingen, Germany
2013 Oct. - Beautiful Losers - 4h-art Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2013 Sept. - Oct. - Torhaus Galerie, Göttingen, Germany
2010 Feb. - Atelier Block 16, Hannover, Germany
2009 Nov. - 2010 Jan. - Silberstein Atelier, Göttingen, Germany
2005 March - ‘Luz y Espacio’, Museo de Blas Infante, Granada, Spain
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 April - May - "Einfach ohne alles" - Luzia Sassen Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2017 Feb. - "100% Abstract" - Le Dame Art Gallery, London
2016 November - December - Annual Exhibition of Federal Association of German Fine Artists, Kunstlerhaus Gallery, Göttingen
2016 June - July - Gallery Bottega d'Arte Merlino, Florence, Italy
2015 November - December - Annual Exhibition of Federal Association of German Fine Artists, Kunstlerhaus Gallery, Göttingen
2015 November - December - Culture Bunker (Kulturbunker Köln), Cologne, Germany
2015 August - SweetArt Summer Festival - Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2015 August - Oct. - Boundary Art Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2014 July - Faust Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2014 April - 4h-art Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2012 July - Dall'Acqua Nasce L'anima. Ex Chiesa di San Nicolao, Bellano, Italy
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