Aaron Kinnane engages with painting in its purest form to perpetuate his effervescent vision of the natural world. Visceral layers of paint form sublime, atmospheric landscapes that are at once sullen and savage, bleak and beautiful, delicate and bold, desolate and wildly alive. The resulting aesthetic equilibrium spawns a purification that pushes the viewer beyond a physical and visual appreciation of the works into a metaphysical meditation.
'Winter Passing, Milk Moon Rising' continues the artist's exploration of the suggested landscape. Lavish layers of midnight navies, hand-mixed mauves, icy blues, arctic greys and army greens reconstruct impressions from Kinnane's subconscious. The images appear as hazy recollections, revenant visions lingering in a liminal space between form and formlessness. Using his palette knife as a material extension of his psyche, Kinnane effaces and rebuilds his forms – breaking down planes, pushing horizons and morphing shapes. These paradoxical moments of raw intuition and analytical precision conjure an energy that is emotionally turbulent yet quietly cathartic.
Moving away from the singular viewpoints of his last series, Kinnane's new paintings fluctuate in perspective from the sublimity of soaring heights to the intimacy and immediacy of ground level. Tempestuous, wintry folds of oil conjure stormy seas, snowy fields, rugged cliffs and grassy wilderness from near and afar – atmospheric landscapes that oscillate between abstraction and representation. Bruised and scarred topographies exude feelings of isolation, yet it is a contented solitude that speaks not of despair but of hope.