A Walk on Sandymount Strand
MacLeod's paintings have been described as "fragile and subtle masterpieces."
MacLeod uses a combination of delicate brushwork and muted earth
tones blended together in a style reminiscent of the French Pointillists,
Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. These points fuse together to create brilliant
canvases depicting a wide range of subjects, whether it is the warm summer
light falling between the lush foliage in St. Stephen's Green or the stark
the bare strand and wide open skies at Sandymount.
contrast to his peaceful and silent landscapes, MacLeod has also explored the
mutual relationship between space and light in a series called "Nightfire".
This series typically depicts one or two figures only, set beside a bright fire
and surrounded by darkness. Using only the light from the fire itself to
illuminate the figures, trees and windows, he creates a space which accurately expresses
the feeling of human isolation, in contrast with the sense of comfort portrayed
through the warmth of a fire.
of MacLeod's paintings show influence of Charlie Brady's work, and like Brady,
MacLeod has the ability to capture transience in delicate, quiet painterly expressions.
effects of light play a major role in his work, and although described as
subtle and fragile they make a big impact. His style is truly unique and highly
regarded, he has been awarded the Royal Trust of Canada Award for oil painting,
and his work is included in several major public collections including Bank of
Ireland, Royal Hospital, the Office of Public Works, and the Dublin Writers
Centre at Parnell Square. In recent years,
MacLeod has represented Ireland at the Contemporary Irish Art Exhibition in
London, Art Expo New York, Art Sydney Australia, and the Beijing Art Salon
in 1956, MacLeod is a graduate of Fine Art in Ireland's National College of Art