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McAvoy, Eoin

BIO: Eoin McAvoy

 

Eoin finds inspiration from the old master technique of chiaroscuro (Italian for light-dark), where light and dark are juxtaposed against each other to create a sense of realism. Eoin McEvoy began his art career at the age of 19 with a nearly sold out exhibition and since then he has gone on to show his work in numerous group exhibitions as well as a solo show in 2011. Most recently he had a large solo show at the Cavan County Museum, Ireland, which ran from September to November of 2014. He has been an apprentice to the Norwegian figurative master Odd Nerdrum from May 2013 to October 2014, learning in the traditions of the Old masters, looking to the techniques of the high renaissance and baroque, as well as those of ancient Greece. McEvoy’s influence from his experiences in Norway comes through in the colour choices on his palette. Through his use of Chiaroscuro, an ancient technique, we can feel the heightened tension and drama in the figurative pieces. This technique was used to the greatest effect by the controversial artist Caravaggio (1572 -1610) an Italian Master, who made it his own. With the contrast of light against dark, the subjects are spot lit and the backround is obscure. Just as Caravaggio was passing, Rembrandt (1606 -1669) took up the technique and became a master.