Sun of Dublin
Like Donald Teskey when his subject was the urban fabric of Dublin, David Browne is drawn to the less obvious aspects of the city. His meticulously made watercolours have, in recent years, provided a fascinating record of the inner city behind the façade of the Celtic Tiger, stubbornly resistant to the invasion of generic blocks of apartments and offices.
His new body of work features many recognisable sites around the city centre. The identity of the places may not be obvious, however, because as the show’s title suggests, Browne concentrates on the sun and on the effects of strong sunlight falling across the complex patterns of buildings, which brings us to the other aspect of his work: its conceptual underpinning. One of his shows featured arrangements of workaday objects including cardboard boxes and lengths of wood, emphasising the fact that behind the imagery there is always a concern for spaces and volumes in the abstract.