Martin Gale: Man Sheltering 2009


This work was part of a number made under the Visting Artist’s Programme at Graphic Studio Dublin.

Using the etching technique of aquatint, mirrors Gale’s watercolour techniques.  Martin Gale worked with Master-Printer Robert Russell on the aquatint technique on the etching plates, adding gradual layers of subtle tone and colour.  A lone man stands under a tree – looking into the distance – a common theme in Gale’s landscape works which often feature a solitary figure. Seamus Heaney said of Gale’s work: “They invite us to look twice, then to stand still looking until we begin to wonder if there is such a thing as innocent by-standing”.

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Martin Gale RHA (born 1949)

Martin Gale studied at the National College of Art in Dublin from 1968-1973. He held his first solo at The Neptune Gallery in 1975. He represented Ireland in the Xl Biennal de Paris in 1980. Since then he has held regular exhibitions at the Taylor Galleries Dublin. He became a full member of the RHA in 1996. Having won many awards he has featured in a major retrospective of his work in the RHA, and Ulster Museum 2004/2005. He was elected to Aosdána in 1981. His work is in many public and private collections including the Crawford Gallery, Cork, IMMA, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane . Martin Gale lives and works in Co. Kildare.

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Martin Gale


Etching with Aquatint


Etching with Aquatint

Image Size

17.5cm x 22.5cm

Paper Size

40.5cm x 43cm