Laze Collection

″… I can hardly believe my eyes. Who would have ever imagined, under this terrestrial crust, an ocean with ebbing and flowing tides, with winds and storms?”

Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Laze

A combination of the words lava and haze — is the product of a chemical reaction that happens when molten lava hits the ocean.

For this series of work, I wanted to embody the chaotic energy and explosive force of nature – a natural phenomenon resulting in both awe and terror and which has captivated humankind for centuries. Each striking painting is named after one of the world’s most fear inspiring volcanoes.

Bold brush strokes and vibrant pops of colour form the basis of each piece. The paintings incorporate several layers of thinned colour, signifying the earth’s crust. These layers are then juxtaposed with opaque and bold brushstrokes. Black, orange and purple fill the canvas. Beauty in the mesmerising destruction.

There are volcanoes on every continent, even Antarctica. Some 1500 volcanoes are still considered potentially active today. During the painting of this series in spring 2021, four major volcanoes erupted; in Iceland, St Vincent, Hawai’i and Democratic Republic of Congo. A reminder of both the fragility and immensely awe-inspiring power of our planet.


‘Erebus’

Acrylic on Canvas – 42 x 59.5 cm

‘Mauna Loa’

Acrylic on Canvas – 91.5 x 60.5 cm

Haleakalā

Acrylic on Canvas – 50 x 59.5 cm

Kīlauea

Acrylic on Canvas – 42 x 59.5 cm

Snæfellsjökull

Acrylic on Canvas – 42 x 59.5 cm

Nyiragongo

Acrylic, Gold Leaf on Canvas – 42 x 59.5 cm

‘Fagradalsfjall’

Acrylic on Canvas – 42 x 59.5 cm

La Soufrière

Acrylic on Canvas – 42 x 59.5 cm

The Giant’s Causeway

Acrylic on Canvas – 61 x 61 cm

‘Slieve Gullion’

Acrylic on Canvas – 40.5 x 30 cm

‘Hekla’

Acrylic on Paper – 21 x 29.7 cm

Slieve Gullion II

Acrylic on Paper- 22.9 x 30.5 cm

“It looks like the beginning of the world, somehow: the sea looks older than in other places, the hills and rocks strange, and formed differently from other rocks and hills…The hill-tops are shattered into a thousand cragged fantastical shapes. The savage rock-sides are painted of a hundred colours. Does the sun ever shine here? When the world was moulded and fashioned out of formless chaos, this must have been the bit over—a remnant of chaos!”

William Thackeray
The Irish Sketchbook of 1842

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