History and Landscape: Painting by Dominic McNamara
Dominic McNamara is a painter with a love for history and landscape. His current practice focuses on landscape and still-life subject matter including scenes of the artist’s native Ireland, as well as environments seen while travelling.
Dominic works in a variety of materials including oil paint, charcoal, watercolor and printmaking, coaxing a slightly different look and feel out of each medium. His subject matter varies, though it seems that the artist has found a particular set of subject that best suits each of his mediums. In his charcoal sketches and lino-cut works, Dominic focuses on portraiture, rendering the faces of both loved ones and celebrities with equal care. In his oil paintings, the artist looks more at landscapes and the forms of trees and foliage.
The largest part of Dominic’s practice is devoted to paintings of the Irish countryside, which we looked at in our previous feature. His style of brushwork is well utilized rendering grassy fields, green woods, and the sun-dappled forms of livestock animals.