Official Opening Friday 10th May, 8pm
Gavin McCrea is originally from Tyrone but now lives and works in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal.
Drawing from skills and experience developed over fifteen years spent as a surfer while also working
in surfboard manufacturing, the work takes inspiration from the sea and utilises various processes
and materials to immerse the viewer within both the painting process and the aquatic realm of the
The work varies from large to intimate, with energetic gestural marks, paint drips, repeat patterns,
screenprint and hard-edge graphic elements, incorporating various transparent substrates such as
acetate, films, tape and polythene as an alternative to the more traditional materials. These materials
all reference the construction of surfboards and the translucency of the sea itself. The transparency of
the surfaces combined with stretchers made visible, exposed and occasionally concealed, produces
art that situates itself somewhere between painting and sculpture.
McCrea has created ‘paint-things’, concentrated objects that that populate the gallery adding scale,
presence and proportion, giving the work a dynamic and immersive quality.“I am attempting to offer
varying viewing options to the audience; offering the viewer a way to engage with the work from
multiple vantage points and angles”
Runs until 29 th June. Free admission. All welcome.