Artists

Winter sun reflecting off Kenmare Bay - near Sneem, Co. Kerry

Peter Zöller

We are delighted that well established Photographer Peter Zöller decided to exhibit his stunning work with us.

 

A native of Germany, he visited Ireland for the first time in 1979 when he fell in love with the country and its people. He couldn’t resist Ireland’s call for long and the following year he came to stay, settled down and started his photography on a professional level.

 

The next 32 years, from 1981 until 2013, he worked as a freelance photographer for the Irish company “Inside Ireland” representing his images on their postcards and calendars. Nowadays he is taking a more leisurely approach shooting images for pure enjoyment.

John Dillon

We are excited to introduce to you the work of photographer John Dillon showing his wonderful down to earth perspective. He is living in Kenmare, Co. Kerry and has this to say:

 

“After relocating from the UK to Ireland in 2001, my early interest in photography was rekindled by the gorgeous landscape surrounding me. Ireland has a unique beauty, and as someone with a passion for the outdoors, I love nothing more than trying to capture that beauty, in all its moods and in all weathers, fair or foul. I appreciate the opportunity to share my work, and to share the eternal appeal of this beautiful country with a wider audience”.

 

John Dillon

Moody sky over Muckross House
CG001Kingfisher with insect Grub

Chris Grayson

Chrístóir (Chris) Grayson has allowed us to share his magnificent Irish wildlife photography with our audience. He states that the reason behind watching the various animals for hours on end to get the most representative shots of any species, preserving their images for prosperity, is his love of life. 

Lee Tiller

Artist Lee Michael Tiller has joined Carl’s Gallery to exhibit, share and offer to you his beautiful original artwork.

 

Born in 1960 and originally from England, for the last twenty four years Lee has lived amidst the mountains of the Macgillicuddy Reeks near the town of Kenmare. His  studio is an old converted bothy that overlooks a glacial valley known locally as ‘The  Pocket’.  

 

Tiller says “I draw immense inspiration from this place. Its feral untamed beauty  provides endless contrasts to our otherwise orderly state of human existence. The  natural majesty of the mountains with their dramatic terrain often leave an unsettled  air of intimidation, but can conversely serenade you with a calming gentleness too. It  is a magical place indeed.”  

Lee Tiller-Tree poem 5

His influences are many, but he is especially inspired by the great French  Impressionists of the 19th Century like Monet, Pissarro, Caillbotte, Manet, and more  recently the post impressionists like Bonnard and Van Gogh. It’s no coincidence that  his paintings are often referenced in publications alongside the names of Vincent Van  Gogh and Claude Monet.

His works are collected around the world and can be found in private collections in many countries including the UK, Ireland, the USA, France, Germany, Italy, Norway,  Holland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Japan.  

 

Tiller says “almost my entire professional life has been concerned with the transient  effects of ‘Light’, either creating it or capturing it. As a photographer I would  endeavor to capture the fugitive effects of light on film. As a lighting designer I  would use light effects within an architectural environment, creating effects designed  to enhance form and structure that engages with the human experience. 

 

However, it is as an impressionist painter of nature where my creativity truly finds its  voice. As a professional artist I strive to recreate the effects of light and shadow in  the landscape through colour, tone and form. I adore the process of creating art, the  seduction and anticipation of a blank canvas, and the challenge of placing daubs of  oil upon a flat two dimensional surface in an attempt to convince that a third  dimension exists. My aim is to paint the atmosphere that exists between the viewer  and the subject rather than just the mere subject. It is to reveal the air, the dust and moisture and the particulate which refracts, reflects and diffuses the light and hence  the reality of what we see. 

 

Within my paintings, as in nature, you will discover microcosms of colour harmony  that often surprise and intrigue. Through the sensitive yet often bold use of colour I  hope my paintings instil a sense of place and convey an emotional statement for the  viewer. I think art transcends conversation, because it implies or expresses emotion  through a flat space of silence. 

 

Exploring my paintings you’ll discover minute colour combinations that resound with  chromatic harmony and tone, much like the rich and resonant sound of a twelve  string guitar chord. Up close you will find intriguing combinations and juxtapositions  of hue, tint, tone and shade, but stand back and the disparate pieces perform as a  whole and give unity. 

 

I think art can be delicious, sexy, romantic, contemplative, or any one of a multitude  of life affecting and affirming experiences. Without question, art is the oldest form of  communication known to man and although sonically silent, exudes a loud  voluminous splendor that is rarely if ever equalled. 

 

With grace and good fortune, the artworks that we create today will continue to speak  and engage with others far beyond our own lifetimes.” 

 

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