Bedouin Hunter with Saluki and White Gyrfalcon (2013)
Acrylic on canvas
This painting is an homage to this largely lost art of hunting with the falcon and saluki, which was indigenous to the desert Bedouin tribes of the Arabian Peninsula.
In desert hunting practice, the falcon was released to locate the prey from the air and the Saluki once released would follow the falcon and hunt the prey on the ground.
The white Gyrfalcon is synonymous with royal status.
"Pop fresh yet classically referenced, Fahy brings a decidedly feminine and enticing combination of traditional compositional form with a mouthwatering modern day palette. Her skill as a portrait artist and colourist is given a 21st century relevance through her contemporary lens "
Following many years of artistic experimentation, I have found that my artistic expression has evolved into portraiture. This is where I feel at home.
Travelling has been rewarding to me as it opened up more influences artistically and always with new surroundings to learn and practice my craft:
In London the National Portrait Gallery and classes in wonderful surroundings during the early 1990s
While working in Boston in the late 1990s, I visited the Boston Museum of Modern art where I saw John Singer Sargentís The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. This was my first introduction to Sargeant and he was to become a major influence on my style and whose skill I still aspire to.
San Franciso brought a refreshing and colourful aspect to my work and a freedom of expression that echoed that cityís vibrant heartbeat.
The new millennium brought me back to the British Isles whereupon I settled in Edinburgh for a number of years. A beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage and wonderful galleries were a source of constant inspiration. I fell in love with the work of The Scottish Colourists, their radical treatment of colour and light and their minimalistic approach. I studied life drawing and painting in Edinburgh College of Art, where I soaked up new approaches to this challenging craft.
Then returning to Ireland at last, I spent time studying in Dublin at the National College of Art and Design. There I learned to approach life painting in oils using traditional methodology and this was a most enlightening experience.
The Irish artists John Lavery and William Orpen were added to my portfolio of heroes. Laveryís skill in portraiture, his painting of his wife Lady Lavery and Orpens searching and dramatic style were to be significant influences.
My journey had bestowed insights, knowledge and experience along the way. Friends, lovers, tastes, sounds, sights, joy and sadness enriched my experiences and provided inspiration. And in finally settling in Ireland, the journey had led me to what I now know is my natural home- that of capturing the spirit and essence of a person in portraiture.
Capturing likenesses of relative and friends over the years and gifting these portraits evolved into requests for private commissions, which was a great privilege.
My love of animals, especially dogs, and my experience of breeding Belgian Malinois inspired me in the current series of paintings. This series explores the special relationship between man and the working dog, with a focus on the iconography of the hunter and hunted.
The future will bring works in the erotic arena, exploring and capturing the beauty and seduction of the naked form in darkness and light.
"Pop fresh yet classically referenced, Fahy brings a decidedly feminine and enticing combination of traditional compositional form with a mouthwatering modern day palette. Her skill as a portrait artist and colourist is given an enticing 21stcentury relevance through her contemporary lens "
Patricia Fahy 2013
Breeder of Belgian Malinois dogs