Lunniagh Theme


Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 308gsm Paper
76 x 114 cm
Edition of 3

Flanagan’s work as a sculptor has led to international acclaim…. He has now transferred his skills to abstract painting. These have a breath taking serenity and, often, an underlying sculptural feel from both their composition and the layers of colour Flanagan uses to build up a picture.

Independent on Sunday UK – ALEX WADE



    In my Heads I am imposing my personality but not a style, I have no definite conceptions of my sitter’s character but concern myself with mapping out the features.


    The inspiration for these paintings comes from the play of light on an exterior patio, in Rome, viewed through louvred shutters from a dark interior.


    I am interested in the ‘plastic’ space of a flat plane, such as a canvas: perceived rather that real space, a landscape of the imagination that concerns itself with firmness and balance of volumes, proportions and structure, simplicity and purity.


    The region appeals to me for its fast-moving, changing light, an area of sand dunes and large granite boulders that border the Atlantic.


    I want to convey the landscape but I want I want to convey it in an abstract sense. I don’t want to paint and draw the topography. I want to see how far I can push the thing – abstract it – and still maintain its character.


    I’m interested in the energy of the Fermanagh countryside and want to get across a feeling of calm, of solitude and stillness. Looking out over the landscape, it is clear that there is more to the whole thing than is first visible.


    The Gozo paintings display surface forms that point towards harmonious relationships of shape and colour, but present us with breaks in structure that frustrate any easy synthesis.


    The paintings stem from numerous visits to Kearney in County Down, N.Ireland. In the works I suggest rather than describe the topography of the landscape. They are a contour of my feeling or response to the setting, an inscape as opposed to a landscape.

    Concrete Block

    The inspiration for these painting came from the play of light on a small concrete block, an austere, plain form relieved by several chamfered lines at one side, which created an important vertical emphasis. The block had impact because of its simplicity and purity.


    The word ‘Bullersten’ is Scandinavian in origin. It is most often used to describe a boulder in a stream that produces sound when moved. I search for reality behind a surface appearance, a landscape of the imagination where form and space fuse to create an overall unity.

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