Artist Statement

Portrait of Me
© Ronan McGrade Photography.

Through my own unique interpretation of structure, line and form in what I see, I love to capture and interpret the innate beauty to be found in both the natural and man-made worlds. Through the abstraction of what I believe to be the essential elements in what I see around me, I produce works that provide a different perspective on how we witness our surroundings. I provide a fresh insight into the aesthetic value of what can become, through habit, the commonplace and everyday.

Until Covid struck, I was primarily interested in looking at how we interpret architectural structure in both the natural and man-made landscapes, but with the travel restrictions of lockdowns, I became much more aware of the ordinary, commonplace animals that surround us. I decided that to be true to my artistic vision of trying to make people aware of the beauty in the ordinary in their everyday lives that my work needed to also look at the often-ignored animal neighbours in our lives.

Having trained in a wide variety of photographic techniques, I feel that the photo intaglio process, allows me to create works of art that best express this vision. Through the use of modern technology in the form of both digital photography (hardware and software), and photopolymer plates, I am able to retain the intimate links between photography and printmaking, whilst pushing the boundaries of what can be created in this modern reincarnation of the photogravure process.