Welcome to this month’s Oil Painting Blog for Beginners.
Last month, I promised to write another blog on the history of landscape painting and its artists. However, after seeing The Mary and Ben Dunne Collection – An exhibition of Exceptional Irish Art in Gormley’s art gallery, I’ve decided to dedicate the next few blogs to some of our famous Irish artists.
So, this month, we are taking a very high-level look at one of my favourite Irish artists – Roderic O’Conor.
National Gallery of Ireland
Bequeathed, Mr W Wallace Anderson (1929)
O’Conor described as Ireland’s first modernist painter, was a complex character, intelligent, spontaneous, erratic, irascible and introverted and was always something of a mystery. 
He was influenced by artists such as Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne and art movements of the time including impressionism, post-impressionism and pointillism.
Roderic O’Conor was born into a ‘well-to-do’ family who financially supported him throughout his lifetime, so he wasn’t your typical ‘starving artist’. He often supported his fellow artists by purchasing their artwork including the Te Nave Nave Fenua (1892) by Gauguin for 500 francs which went towards the cost of Gauguin’s second trip to Polynesia. 
He spent most of his adult life in Europe, particularly Paris and Pont Avon. Where he embraced the stripe/linear method, using various brush strokes and experimental mark-making, along with complementary colours.