Philip Crean is one of the foremost exponents of an exciting, emerging artform - Animated Digital Painting and Drawing. The phrase doesn’t begin to describe what he does.
His work is a ground-breaking exploration of the possibilities and limitations of digital art. His moody landscapes initially appear representative, but the underlying theme is time and change and each piece depicts a slow and subtle transformative process that is almost hypnotic.
The images are made by combining traditional painted stop-frame animation with digital paint and compositing techniques and are designed to be viewed on a large screen monitor, television or projection.
This exciting new installation is the first exhibition of digital art in a commercial art gallery in Belfast in over a decade.
Philip himself says
My work explores the no man’s land between painting and moving image. It may appear to conform to traditional practices but the added dimensions of time and motion, combined with digital process and presentation, force the viewer to question exactly what it is they are looking at. The intention is to challenge the accepted definition of “painting”.
In “Chronoscapes 2” I am specifically concerned with the effects of time on landscape. The works are influenced by geology, geography, maps, weather forecasts and satellite imagery. These are notional “multi-scapes” where land, sea and sky overlap and merge together. Different times, perspectives and scales exist simultaneously and flow over one another. The transformations are subtle and often barely perceptible. The time-frame might be minutes or eons.”
Philip graduated with first class honours from the University of Ulster in 1987 and completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 1992.
For over twenty years he has worked extensively within the field of moving image, mainly in the arts and education sectors. As Facilities and Production Manager at London Electronic Arts (later The LUX Centre) he worked with artists / filmmakers such as Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger and Clio Barnard and with leading institutions such as the Tate, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, and The Serpentine Art Gallery.
His films and collaborative work (with the likes of Shaz Kerr, Pictorial heroes and Michael Curran) have been shown on Channel 4, BBC2, and at the Worldwide Video Festival, London Film Festival, Locarno Video Art Festival, Berlin Medien Operative Film Festival, the Clermont Ferrand Film Festival.
The exhibition runs at the ArtisAnn Gallery in Belfast from Thursday 5th April to Saturday 28th April 2018
There is a Special Event with Late Night Viewing on Wed 11th April, 6.00 to 8.00pm
Admission is free.
All art is available to buy, and may be collected/delivered after the exhibition ends.
Art may be purchased interest free over 10 months through the Own Art Scheme.
Philip Crean’s exhibition is supported by The National Lottery through The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.