When you can’t find the right word a colour will do
to describe the places that flourish and wither,
the come-and-go of footprints in snow, the backstreets
of Paris or Gougane Barra where, it is said, Saint Finbar
heard the song of the wren in the valley.
On seeing work for this exhibition assembled in the artist’s studio, poet Gerard Smyth responded with a poem from which the above lines are taken.
For this tour of the show, Gerard Smyth, will follow the artist’s narrative of geographical references as it moves from Dublin’s Dodder River to Crum Creek on the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, from the landscape of Gougane Barra in Cork to the boulevards of Paris.
As we move from location to location and across a range of paintings reflecting the artist’s attention to rustic, coastal and urban settings, we will consider how Donald Teskey has developed a canny and perceptive gift for finding and connecting to places with which his sense of place and artistic instincts have bonded so well to produce evocative and atmospheric work that gives vivid realisation to the places they depict.
Gerard Smyth is a poet, critic and journalist. His poetry has appeared in journals in Ireland, Britain and the United States as well as in translation. He has published ten collections, including The Sundays of Eternity ( Dedalus Press, 2020 ); A Song of Elsewhere ( Dedalus, 2015), The Fullness of Time: New and Selected Poems ( Dedalus, 2010 ) and The Yellow River (with artwork by Seán McSweeney and published by Solstice Arts Centre in 2017 ). With Pat Boran, he was co-editor of If Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song ( Dedalus ) which was Dublin’s One City One Book in 2013. He is a member of Aosdána. See also www.gerardsmyth.com