Morgan Doyle is primarily a print maker but his website also had some paintings and drawings which I thought were well worth taking a look at, partly just to see how/if the drawings/paintings and prints had a similar feel.
I’m surprised when I look at this print that despite the variety of colours and textures within the print it still feels balanced. I’m not sure if it’s multiple wood blocks cut to give different colours – is there some etching in there too to give the scratch marks?
I was intrigued by the feel of this print, and the title. Together they form this depiction in my mind of some kind of horror story. The print feels dark/sinister, there’s not anything to give my eye relief from the black smudges and scratches and coupled with red which appears blood like. I wonder if this is what the artist intended? It also looks like he’s left some patches of white so when printed over in red the red appears lighter.
I think this print makes use of Chine Colle as well as woodcut and etching techniques. I think this print has a lighter/more fun feel to, I guess as the title suggests a feeling of summer time. it’s interesting though that there’s still those black smudges, are they depicting land forms/buildings? I’m curious as to how he managed to get such flat pure colour for the squares of blue. The etched lines look like shading/pencil lines which is an interesting touch.
I really like this print, it has an mysterious element,. The blue and green ink looks like early morning mist hiding buildings or landscape (hinted at by the dark almost charcoal like marks in the background.) In the foreground the grey and etched lines add a contrast/area of interest.
This piece has a really tranquil feel, perhaps I get that just from the blue. But the longer you look at it the more details seem to appear. It looks like in the bottom right had corner some splash marks have bee created by white spirit or a paint thinner, that add texture. The silver blob add’s interest, reminding me of the way light shimmers on water. Again there’s complex layers of colour (different shades of blue, and a touch of that rusty red). it looks much more like a oil painting than a print which is something I didn’t expect to be possible with the medium printing.
In the bottom right hand corner the muted green colour and lines form what looks similar to the markings of a plowed or harvested field. The green higher up in the center of the print looks like has a nice effect of looking like it’s been sponged on (I’m guessing this was created through etching?) There’s also a tiny hint of red, again a colour the artist seems to like to use a lot.
This print seems to have much clearer lines and division of sky from land/objects. But it also retains an air of mystery and the feeling of viewing something through one persons vision of it rather than a pure copy of a scene which is more interesting, I think. I’m curious again as to what mood or effect or view of the city the artist was going for. And is it made of multiple woodcut blocks? it feels a lot heavier dingier than the other landscape prints the artist has produced, is this to show a negative view of cityscapes?
The bottom of this print makes me think of harvest time, fields of corn or wheat. the white patches look like clouds, was this achieved by masking or etching? It looks like these a fold down the center of the image, is it or is it a deliberate mark to divide the image into two? They seem like different sides of the same view, maybe night and day – given that one side has a white/grey upper half and the one half has a black top half. The bottom half of the print has a water colour wash quality, how did he achieve this??
This print is one of four or five similar prints which seem to form a series of work. It’s style seems distinct from much of his other prints. It’s very stark (as in sharp) in it’s black and white colour and heavy use of lines/etching. it’s title ‘Refuge’ seems oddly juxtaposed against the print, which seems almost Gothic/dark. I probably wouldn’t feel safe in that refuge, despite it being depicted as higher/off the ground (presumably some form of hideout)?
Woodcut/dry point etching
I think this print is beautiful, it has a charm to it in, in the way the shapes float on the paper. I also am fond of the water colour like grey bleed of ink underneath the shapes. The floating and the delicate grey runs add to the mystical other worldly feel. I also think the hatching details on the roof of the first shape is beautiful in it’s delicate nature.
This oil painting really reminds me of Monet’s water-lily painting, particularly the blue, green and hints of pink on top of the blue/grey mist. The black smudges seem to give it a dark undercurrent, cutting through what would otherwise be a quite tranquil painting. Is this a preoccupation of the artist – depicting the dark in everything?
These two drawings seemed to capture for me a clear correlation between the artist’s drawings and prints. They have a similar style/feel to them even though they’re much less abstract than his prints.
I love the way he’s captured the light falling through I can almost picture it in my minds eye.
I don’t quite know how to write about this print. it’s fascinating, it feels almost like there’s 3D elements with the white bridge like structure in the foreground. The colours of the background look akin to a sky at sunset, reflecting on the surface of water.
All images are copyright of Morgan Doyle, taken from his website: