Many Paintings, 2018
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper
16 x 12 inches (40.6 x 30.5 centimeters)
Edition of 25
© Kate MacGarry Gallery, 2018.
Peter McDonald’s paintings depict a colourful world inhabited by people engaged in everyday activities. Images of teachers, scientists, hairdressers or artists are constructed with an elementary graphic language. They have a cartoon-like simplicity and waver at the point where figuration might tip at any moment into abstraction. Human forms veer towards the geometric: circles stand in for heads, flat planes describe rooms and crude poses denote narrative. Yet these simplifications appear to create a community of super humans living in a world that has a harmonious transparency. They are an attempt to picture different modes of being together, through time and space- tribal, familial, individual, national, but always within the awareness that we are also always embedded in a cosmic potential.