John O'Grady Art

Contemporary Landscape Paintings Inspired by Ireland and Provence
When we make our way through landscape, we are touched and altered by its mood, its light and the changing weather. We inhabit it and it inhabits us.

When out and about in nature, I absorb some of its elements. And they, in turn, hold a special place in my memory.

So when I make a mark on a panel or canvas, memories come to the fore. And, through the exploration of colour, contrast, light and shade, I paint, with feelings inspired by Ireland and Provence, the atmosphere and mood of sea, land and sky.

Do you feel a strong connection with these places or can recall a fond memory?

Then these paintings may speak to you.

Click on one of the image below to view a few selected works or visit my blog Studio Notes.

A dramatic stormy evening on the west coast of Ireland


The sun setting gives a warm, gold glow of internal light to the mountain


A quiet painting of the East coast of Ireland, south of Dublin


A Collector’s Kind Words

“What I find particularly striking, in addition to John’s obvious technical mastery and discerning eye for composition and color, is his capacity to convey mood and feeling.

He captures the emotional quality of a place (whether real or imagined) with astonishing clarity and sensitivity; each piece has a palpable atmosphere and a sense of immediacy and even poignancy. There is a feeling of life being arrested in that moment, as well as a quality of timelessness.”

J. Roccuzzo, United States

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