Siamsa Tíre

A Measure of Things

Antonio Julio López Castro

Ruined houseLandscape painting by Antonio LopezOld barn painting by Antonio Lopez

The result of a number of different projects in which Antonio has worked, but with a common source of interest: the habitat in which we live.

His paintings and drawings develop from a mixture of sources: found objects, observational drawing, photographic material, and found imagery.
 
Antonio’s work depicts a personal perception of our natural surroundings, observing our relationship with and use of the natural environment; and reflecting on the contradiction between our basic connection to the natural world, and our simultaneous detachment from it.

Artist’s Statement

My work develops from a mixture of sources: found objects, observational drawing, photographic material, and found imagery.
 
My current landscape paintings and drawings concentrate primarily on created environments and man-made features of the landscape: dwellings, forestry, farmland. Departing from an interest in the romantic representation and idealization of the landscape, I look at how we use, alter, and relate to the land around us. These works result in a personal perception of our natural surroundings, reflecting on our simultaneous connection and detachment from the natural world.
 
The series ‘Intruders’ forms part of an ongoing project based on collecting and recording through drawings an array of man-made objects found at different beach locations around Ireland. The collected objects, washed ashore, left behind or simply discarded, are mostly made of plastic.  The drawings attempt to record and depict these now redundant 'things' as carefully crafted items, portraying them as beautiful and delicate, masking their true nature of unsightly debris.

Biography for Antonio Julio Lópéz Castro