Contemporary Realist Painter: John Doherty
Born in Kilkenny in 1949, John Doherty first studied architecture at Bolton street, College of Technology before moving to Australia to pursue a career as an artist. After splitting his time for many years between Australia and Ireland he resides the majority of the time in West Cork.
Although John has completed a number of traditional landscapes most of his work focuses on the facades of buildings that are dilapidated or unused that can be seen in any typical Irish rural town. He uses the techniques of contemporary realism which capture the realistic surfaces of aging buildings giving a sense of how neglected and bereft each building has become. His images can evoke a sense of sadness at the passing of time but with a stillness to each image as if the buildings have been forgotten as the rest of the world progresses.
John’s work is in the public collections atthe National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; the Institute of Modern Art, Chicago; the Irish National Stud, Kildare; and Artbank in Sydney.