|Born 1949, 10 May, Died January 2017|
"In my paintings I try to represent my emotional response to reality, to paint the feelings generated while observing a landscape, human figure or event ~ emotions and feelings that gain strength and form during the time spent painting, unlike photography which reflects a split second of reality only.
I like to paint subjects to which I am attached in some way and which generate strong emotion, allowing me to retreat into the “studio of the mind” where time does not exist, achieving a state of intense concentration where only emotional context, line, colour, texture, drawing, and composition matter, escaping the mundane chores of everyday life.
Painting the landscape outdoors is one of my great loves and offers the perfect door into the “studio of the mind”.
Having spent a year in Zambia he came to South Africa to attend art school in East London. Here he studied under Jack Lugg, Ryno Swart, Barry Gibb and Leon Rubens, with fellow students such as Alan Cameron, Norman Catherine and Mike Costello.
After graduating in graphic design, Adolfo worked for several years in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. While earning a living as a graphic designer, he has also been painting and drawing for the past 41 years. He has tried his hand at different styles, but for several years has preferred realism.
Trying to welcome the unexpected, his work is spontaneous and from the heart – never gimmicky. This is in contrast to the daily design milieu, which revolves around concept and is often prescribed, always analysed.
Favourite painters are Velasquez, Andrew Wyeth, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet and John Singer Sargent.
Adolfo McQue’s work can be viewed at the Cape Gallery, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town, Die Kraal Gallery, Paarl and Die Ou Wagenhuis Art Gallery, Phillippolis. His work is in private collections in South Africa, Canada, the USA, Great Britain, and Spain.
Artist: ADOLFO MCQUE
Title: Curious penguins
Size: 70.5 x 88.5 cm
Media: Oil on canvas
Price: R 18 000 Unframed
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