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John Shinnors SMALL SCARECROW, STRIPED KITES
Lot 20
Price Realised: €15,000
Estimate: €8,000 - €12,000
John Shinnors, b.1950
SMALL SCARECROW, STRIPED KITES
Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 25" (49.5 x 63.5cm), signed; signed and inscribed label verso.

Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin (label verso).

Born in Limerick in 1950, John Shinnors has lived ... Read more
Lot 20 - SMALL SCARECROW, STRIPED KITES by John Shinnors Lot 20 John Shinnors SMALL SCARECROW, STRIPED KITES
Estimate: €8,000 - €12,000
John Shinnors, b.1950
SMALL SCARECROW, STRIPED KITES
Oil on canvas, 19 1/2 x 25" (49.5 x 63.5cm), signed; signed and inscribed label verso.

Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin (label verso).

Born in Limerick in 1950, John Shinnors has lived and worked in his native city nearly all his life. His style is immediately identifiable, often using a reduced palette of black and white relieved by brightly coloured underpainting and glimpses of bright red. The neutral tones that dominate Small Scarecrow, Striped Kite are beautifully orchestrated, with an array of mid-tones set against a velvety black and brilliant white. However, the canvas comes alive with the slivers of warm bright colours that peek out at us.

In a Shinnors painting, what initially seems like an abstract pattern has observable things as its source: cows, cats, rooks, fish, kites, scarecrows and road markings are among the things that are frequent source material. These limited motifs are familiar to habitual observers of the artist's work. But Shinnors doesn't try to 'represent' them. Instead, he uses them as visual triggers, isolated fragments of the observed world that lead the artist into abstract territory. He wants the painting itself to take over, so that we stop seeing the literal and become taken up with the drama and interplay of colour, texture and abstract shapes. He takes something familiar and plays with it so that the viewer encounters the ordinary in a refreshingly new and visually engaging way.

Dr Frances Ruane HRHA

October 2021
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