In Plain Sight: Peter Doyle's paintings of women, horses and flowers in pastel tones

Eimear, 2019

East London-based, very much Irish-born artist Peter Doyle has been getting a name for himself in recent years for his colourful, cinematic paintings which pop with tones and unusual characters.

Now, the self-taught artist hailing from Donaghmede is taking up residency at The Exhibitionist Hotel in London with his show In Plain Sight, to “celebrate with us everything that is great and wonderful about Ireland”, as the hotel puts it, as part of the site’s Irish-led collaboration with Maser Atelier from Dublin, which opened in December last year.

Doyle mostly works in acrylic on canvas, and his bold palettes, patterns and prediction for pastel tones are striking; and his work often bears motifs of women, horses and flowers. "I paint to try to get across what I see and hear in a literal way. Sometimes it feels very serious and important. Sometimes it doesn’t”, says Doyle.

The hotel adds: “Doyle reinvents the still life with a charming intimacy. Having described his approach as ‘casual’, Doyle’s work can be recognised by his immediate, definitive way of mark-making.

“The artist honed his skills painting graffiti rather than going to art school. This is evident in his work, his courageous and expressive style feels emancipated and is a refreshing contrast from the standard art school graduate.”

The show runs until 28 April 2019.

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