Eddie Mcgee

The site shows most of the paintings I’ve produced since 2000. I’ve been painting and exhibiting since 1990 although in the early years I was still working full time as a research scientist. I learned to paint by working alongside my great friend, the artist Carol Diver. Carol worked for many years as the art teacher at Mountjoy Jail, Irelands most famous prison, and no doubt this helped in having the patience to teach me. I have Carol to thank for starting me on my journey of the imagination.

I studied Natural Sciences, starting off in geology and chemisty, then moving into environmental science, and finally doing a PhD in ecology in the Botany Department at Trinity College Dublin. I held positions in Trinity College, the Geological Survey, and finally moved into environmental radiation, studying the after-effects of nuclear accidents and outputs from power stations. For eight years I ran the radiocarbon laboratory in the Physics Department at University College Dublin. In 2004 I finally did what everyone says you shouldn’t – I gave up the day job. In hindsight, it’s to be highly recommended.

Although Science and the Arts are seen as being poles apart, I believe that in many respects they are very close. The production of art and science both depend on the opening and stretching of the imagination. And on curiosity. Curiosity is the seed and after that comes the struggle to acquire the technical tools to find answers and express yourself. Painting and chemisty are inextricable: mixing and drying, solvents, and substrates, timing reactions, experimenting to find a process that produces something original and different.

Many of my images are derived from memories and imaginings of the natural world. Anyone who has ever looked down a high powered microscope will probably recognise the source of some of my abstract images. Some of the paintings are botanical. I’m also inclined to dream of where science will take us in the future, and paint a world where gravity is conquered and movement and travel are effortless.

I now live between Salvador, Brazil, and Dublin. The inset photo is the view from my studio in Brazil. I have been exhibiting regularly with shows in Dublin, Barcelona, Salvador and London.

The smallest of the paintings shown are a little smaller than the size of your computer monitor (unframed) and the largest pieces are up to 2m X 2m. Most of the earlier paintings are oil on canvas, on board or on hand-made paper. More recently I paint primarily in acrylics, often adding metals to the paints to achieve lustres and textures. If you are interested in any particular image, I will send you all the details and background to the piece. 

Best wishes, Eddie