Meet
artist GMD

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I'm Gavin Doyle, a self-taught, Wicklow-based artist, with a passion for painting with oils.


I sketched and painted non-stop as a child, stopping around the time when life become busier. Bills to pay necessitated full-time jobs, add in a home and young family and I fell out of practice. 

In no small part, thanks to Covid, I found myself with dare I say it, free time and began once again to pick up a paint brush. I joined Instagram, mainly for inspiration, then began showcasing my own paintings. People started buying them and my confidence grew.


I'm often asked ‘what is your style’? A question which throws me somewhat, as  I'm not sure I have an answer. Perhaps 'moody expressions of still life' is as close a description as I've found. I paint whatever and wherever the mood takes me. At the moment it's experimenting and being braver each time I put brush to canvas.


Time spent in the natural world, observing the unusual, colourful and obscure is never wasted and will often inspire. I’m forever collecting ideas and being a day-dreamer (my super-power) really helps.

Plagiarism is the greatest form of flattery, so I will  often beg and borrow from my painting heroes: Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Gaudi, Matisse, Dali and Caravaggio to name a few...


I used to paint using acrylics as I thought oils were reserved for those who could actually paint, but now I know better. The ability to re-work those buttery, wet, oils suits the procrastinator in me. I was once asked how I manage to get so much texture in my paintings. Simple, that will happen when you paint over something you don’t like and start again, and again... 

 
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'Moody expressions of still life'