Martin Gale (b. 1949)Strangers

Year2009
Size150cm x 225cm
MediumPainting
MaterialsOil on canvas
ProvenanceCommissioned and donated by Dr. Tom Cavanagh, 2009

In Martin Gale’s painting Strangers, a rural Irish landscape is populated with a small number of male figures, either pensive by the shore or strolling back towards a caravan in the distance. There is a sense of disconnection between the figures and this uneasiness is emphasised by the unsettled weather. Whilst there is the suggestion of a narrative, a relationship or reason behind the strangers’ presence, Gale leaves such questions unanswered, evoking an atmosphere of disquiet in an ever-changing Irish countryside.