Kildare Arts Service : Municipal Collection

'Watch him Go'

Martin gale - Cross Country 

'Cross Country'

‘Watch Him Go’ and ‘Cross Country’ - Martin Gale RHA

‘Watch Him Go’ medium: Oil on Canvas

‘Watch Him Go’ dimensions: 76cm x 76cm

‘Cross Country’ medium: Oil on Canvas

‘Cross Country’ dimensions: 61cm x 61cm (each canvas)

Born in Worcester, England in 1949, Martin Gale moved to Ireland as a child. He studied drawing and fine art painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. In 1975 he had his first solo exhibition in the Neptune Gallery in Dublin and has since exhibited across Ireland, Europe and the United States. In 1992 he became an associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy (ARHA) and a full member (RHA) in 1996

Martin Gale uses a realist style in his paintings they are executed with a great attention for detail. This realist style coupled with his subject matter of Irish rural life give Gales work a timeless quality, which could be from just about any time from the twentieth or twenty-first century. Both the paintings in the Kildare Council collection have unusual compositional framing: in “Watch Him Go” the figure referred to in the title takes a background place to the central focal point, his jacket; similarly in “Cross Country” the cross country runners are compositionally secondary to the Geese that dominate the foreground.


Martin Gale - Watch him go

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