Colin McGookin

A relentless quest for the interrelations of man and woman in nature. Belfast-born Colin McGookin is a founder member of the Artists’ Collective of Northern Ireland and of Queen Street Studios, Belfast. Belfast-born Colin McGookin is a founder member of the Artists’ Collective of Northern Ireland and of Queen Street Studios, Belfast.

Colin McGookin was born in Belfast in 1958 and studied art at the University of Ulster. There is a relentless quest for the interrelations of man and woman in nature in this artist's highly referential paintings. Works such as 'Trouble in the Celtic Twilight '(1987), 'Trouble in the Hearan Bands' (1987) and 'Trouble in Hy Brazil' (1988) caution that, with the offer of the golden age, there is always the temptation to sell the golden calf.

Biblical references abound and intermingle with Indian myth and Celtic art, together with events in Irish history and recent upheavals such as the Gulf War.

Light has a symbolic role in all McGookin’s work, where there is often a kind of eternal dusk in which a sparkling, efflorescent light pervades lush vegetation in an encaustic use of paint. There is something here of both George Russell and W.B. Yeats. There is also the Presbyterian concept of the burning bush that never consumes the earth.

The artist is a founder member of the Artists' Collective of Northern Ireland and of Queen Street Studios, Belfast.

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