Moving away from conceptualisation and abstraction, Pete Dunne wanted to present the immigrants ideal view of Ireland in a realistic snapshot of the landscape.
This series of paintings, enabled the artist to return to his Irish roots, and reconnect with the West. He set out to explore the 'rose tinted' view that allows us, the immigrant, to divorce ourselves from the reality of everyday life, in the Ireland we left behind. The immigrants identity is forged between two places. To always have a foot in each camp, is the lot of the London Irish.
The last public exhibition of Petes work was presented at the London Irish Centre, in the summer of 2018.
"I spotted these on the road from Inagh to Connally in County Clare in late August 2017. They set the hedgerows on fire with their flowers and signal shorter days and autumn on the horizon"
Red Hot Pokers, Galway
"Red Hot Pokers come into flower at the end of summer and always seem like a timely reminder that soon it will be time to light the fire"
I spotted these on the road from Inagh to Connally in County Clare in late August 2017. They set the hedgerows on fire with their flowers and signal shorter days and autumn on the horizon.
The Horse and Jockey, Tipperary - NFS
"I am always amazed at how tenacious life in all its forms can be. Give it a toehold in the slightest margin and it will thrive, and it does so in the middle of the boreens in Tipperary. It looks like the road is sporting a jaunty mohican"
Low Tide, Fanore, West Clare
Rainy day in Stockwell
A bend in the road, Lahinch
"It's not surprising that myths such as Hy-brazil and Tir Na NOg exist in Irish folklore. Looking west from a bend in the road in Lahinch, it's easy to imagine a land of youth out in the Atlantic where the sunlight turns to gold"
The lady of the West
"These three works were painted while I was staying in a mobile home at Fanore campsite in May 2017. I was lucky with the weather. The sun came out, the wind died down and the rain clouds scuttled off"
The road to Corofin
The gloaming, West Clare
"This image was inspired by a walk to a session in Ennistymon. The gloaming is that time of day between light and dark when shadows take on a life of their own and everything is bathed in a faint luminosity"
Sunset, Fanore, West Clare
"Upstairs on the bus, stopped at the lights at Stockwell Junction at the gloomiest time of year - 2nd week of January, I found the colours and reflections of the lights, beautiful and up-lifting"
Auld Fella in Spancill Hill
These 3 pieces were painted on plywood from the 40s and 50s. I wanted something that had an earthy feel like the turf banks and something that would also carry a melody. Distressed vintage plywood fit the bill perfectly.