Patrick Molloy Visual Arts

In pursuit of my interest in the optical effects of rendered textures, tones and colours, I document samples of observed industrial intervention in the city and suburban landscape; in particular the intervention on roads and pavements of utilitarian mark-making; industrial graffiti. I have chosen the square format canvas and oils by which to abstract and explore the proportioned areas and layers of perceived depth underlying such graphic interventions. I pursue this through the patient build-up of layered glazes, using varied brush strokes, stippling, daubing and fine splattering on unmasked areas, then  re-masking and un-masking, continuing the process until a point of completion is perceived. 

Each work is augmented on the reverse with title and notation of the observed original location, the stimulus for the process, and with a set of Cartesian coordinates (latitude, longitude and elevation) by which the viewer can ( should they wish to do so ) locate the observed original location further investigation. For example: Sydney Parade, Dublin        53 degrees, 19 minutes 19.72 seconds North by 6 degrees, 12 minutes 37.63 seconds West, Elevation 6 meters 3 Anchor Bay, Cape-town     33 degrees, 54 minutes, 24.63 seconds South by 18 degrees, 23 minutes, 43.39 seconds East, Elevation 3 meters However as such utilitarian industrial graffiti markings herald future intervention by Utility Services; the markings may have eroded and the surface of the intervention will have changed utterly.

Work bought by private collectors 2014-2020

A series of studies on Mountains, Cloud and Mist in Oil on Gesso prepared boards exploring the emergence of mountains through cloud and mist or the attachment of clouds and mist to mountains.