"The works of Rod Coyne"
written in 2002 by the eminent German author, journalist and critic Juergen Raap.
White bellowing clouds in the sky. Deep, dark blue-
Rod Coyne's pictures are the result of an intense study of nature and weather. After living in Duesseldorf between 1990 and 1999, he rediscovered the his native landscape on his return home. Landscapes and seascapes make up the backbone of his painting over the past four years -
When the sun breaks through the clouds, a yellow reflection ripples on the uneasy waters of "Killiney Bay", 2000. In another painting a rainy landscapes disappears in a gray foggy, veil. Only the dark silhouette of the mountains breaks through the mist, "Coomacallee Mountain2", 2001.
One could be tempted to see these paintings in a traditional art history light, the likes of William Turner and the French impressionism stretching into the post modern 20th century, as painting with an emphasis on sensuality and the substance as against the brittleness of conceptualism and minimalism. At the same time Rod Coyne frees himself of the art historical legacy: his "harvest" series 2002, completely side-
Rich, dark green marks the forest edge and trees in the background. But that is not a parable of the idyllic and simple rural life -
While the style of painting in the harvest series remains true to the image depicted, other series show a tendency towards abstraction and form reduction. In the picture "Dusk, Cill Rialaig House" 2001, the landscape experiences a dissolving into long bands of color contrasting blue and yellow. Wide, quick brushstrokes traverse the picture. The cottage with its ghostly gable end is equally fleetingly depicted. The rough architectural form is captured loosely -
With the creditability of the tools and materials and handling of paint, painting has been able to hold its own against the new age of technical media art. As the German critic Wolfgang Max Faust credited the artists of the 80's with a "hunger for pictures". That same sentiment can be attributed to the young painters of today, to Rod Coyne and his peers.