View of Monkstown - Oil on Canvas
Myles Hourican's artistic
career began in 2002 when he worked as an illustrator for Species
Magazine, the official publication of the World Conservation Union
(IUCN). That year Hourican also completed his European
Baccalaureate, excelling in Art - his major. In 2002 Hourican also
began study in painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Brussels, where
there was a strong emphasis placed on figurative painting, drawing
technique, and live models. At the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Hourican
studied under the celebrated Belgian artist Andre
Ruelle. As a student in the Beaux-arts, Hourican became heavily influenced
by Belgian and Flemish painters, from Breugel and Rembrandt right up
to more contemporary painters such as Ensor and Spillaert.
Continually testing the boundaries of space and light, Hourican paints
as a student of the 'old masters' while maintaining a contemporary edge. Working
in oil paints, Hourican's paintings are generally built up with seven to eight
successive layers of paint, which allow him to capture illuminating light and
shadow. Chosen for their shape, colour,
and texture, the objects Hourican represents in his still-lives have no clear
symbolic meaning, but each item is necessary in order to create the overall
effect-a unity of tone, colour, and form.
His work exhibits a silent beauty, an elegant stillness, recalling a simpler
more peaceful time of years gone by.
They are subtle gems, fit for any room or any personality.
Hourican is currently working as a full-time artist between
Brussels and Dublin.
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View of MonkstownOil on Canvas board, Framed50cm x 59cm (19.5" x 23.5")