Silent Laughter- new digital artwork

Silent Laughter

 

My Digital Art

Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. What is life? Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents a digital space I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself, and hide. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring the trials, and victories in life.

I’m a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years. I paint traditional paintings, watercolour, acrylics, oils. Engineering travels inspire these paintings. I photograph these paintings, and use them to create new media art. I cannibalise my art. I then take the parts on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I’m too tired for rational thought.

Paintings are subconsciously cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I use approximately 150 layers per painting. I glicee print only one of each on quality photo-rag paper.

Themes aren’t always understood by me. I just show up and the subconscious takes charge. As artists our only necessity is to show-up at the tablet. Some creative “force” then takes charge

 

Faultlines – original watercolour abstract

Faultlines – original watercolour abstract

Faultlines – original watercolour abstract

Exiled Mind

Exiled Mind: new media digital art

Exiled Mind; New Media Digital Art

My digital Art

Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. What is life? Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents a digital space I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself, and hide. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring the trials, and victories in life.

I’m a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years. I paint traditional paintings, watercolour, acrylics, oils. Engineering travels inspire these paintings. I photograph these paintings, and use them to create new media art. I cannibalise my art. I then take the parts on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I’m too tired for rational thought.

Paintings are subconsciously cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I use approximately 150 layers per painting. I glicee print only one of each on quality photo-rag paper.

Themes aren’t always understood by me. I just show up and the subconscious takes charge. As artists our only necessity is to show-up at the tablet. Some creative “force” then takes charge

 

Fault line ghosts

Fault line ghosts: new media digital art

Fault line ghosts: new media digital art

My digital Art

Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. What is life? Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents a digital space I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself, and hide. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring the trials, and victories in life.

I’m a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years. I paint traditional paintings, watercolour, acrylics, oils. Engineering travels inspire these paintings. I photograph these paintings, and use them to create new media art. I cannibalise my art. I then take the parts on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I’m too tired for rational thought.

Paintings are subconsciously cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I use approximately 150 layers per painting. I glicee print only one of each on quality photo-rag paper.

Themes aren’t always understood by me. I just show up and the subconscious takes charge. As artists our only necessity is to show-up at the tablet. Some creative “force” then takes charge

 

Collision II: 14" x 10" Watercolour Contemporary Abstract

Collision II

Collision II: 14" x 10" Watercolour Contemporary Abstract
Collision II: 14″ x 10″ Watercolour Contemporary Abstract

 

Collision II: 14″ x 10″ Watercolour Contemporary Abstract

Collision I: 14" x 10" Watercolour Contemporary Abstract

Collision I

Collision I: 14" x 10" Watercolour Contemporary Abstract
Collision I: 14″ x 10″ Watercolour Contemporary Abstract

 

Collision I: 14″ x 10″ Watercolour Contemporary Abstract

Ghosts of Luanda. Original digital artwork.

Singular edition glicee digital artwork. 06m by 0.6m.

Submerged Worlds. Original artwork.

Submerged Worlds part one’ original glicee digital print. One of one

 

My digital Art

Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. What is life? Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents a digital space I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself, and hide. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring the trials, and victories in life.

I’m a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years. I paint traditional paintings, watercolour, acrylics, oils. Engineering travels inspire these paintings. I photograph these paintings, and use them to create new media art. I cannibalise my art. I then take the parts on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I’m too tired for rational thought.

Paintings are subconsciously cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I use approximately 150 layers per painting. I glicee print only one of each on quality photo-rag paper.

Themes aren’t always understood by me. I just show up and the subconscious takes charge. As artists our only necessity is to show-up at the tablet. Some creative “force” then takes charge.

Leave it all behind. Part one.

Leave it all behind’ part one’ original digital glicee artwork. Singular edition. 0.6m squared.

 

My digital Art

Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. What is life? Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents a digital space I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself, and hide. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring the trials, and victories in life.

I’m a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years. I paint traditional paintings, watercolour, acrylics, oils. Engineering travels inspire these paintings. I photograph these paintings, and use them to create new media art. I cannibalise my art. I then take the parts on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I’m too tired for rational thought.

Paintings are subconsciously cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I use approximately 150 layers per painting. I glicee print only one of each on quality photo-rag paper.

Themes aren’t always understood by me. I just show up and the subconscious takes charge. As artists our only necessity is to show-up at the tablet. Some creative “force” then takes charge

Django’s ghost

Singular edition digital glicee artwork. 0.6m by 0.6m

 

My digital Art

Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. What is life? Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents a digital space I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself, and hide. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring the trials, and victories in life.

I’m a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years. I paint traditional paintings, watercolour, acrylics, oils. Engineering travels inspire these paintings. I photograph these paintings, and use them to create new media art. I cannibalise my art. I then take the parts on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I’m too tired for rational thought.

Paintings are subconsciously cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I use approximately 150 layers per painting. I glicee print only one of each on quality photo-rag paper.

Themes aren’t always understood by me. I just show up and the subconscious takes charge. As artists our only necessity is to show-up at the tablet. Some creative “force” then takes charge

Brough of Birsay lighthouse, Orkney

On the corner of George Square, Glasgow

Walk on by

People make Glasgow; part two

People make Glasgow; part two

George Square
Georges Square Glasgow

People Make Glasgow; part one

People Make Glasgow, Part One

holding court under the shadow of a metal horse with three amigos

Georges Square Glasgow
Holding court under the shadow of a metal horse with three amigos

Watercolor Painting by Ronan Cahill

 

Table No. 3 at the Watermill

Table Three in the Watermill
Watercolour painting by Ronan Cahill

Standing Stones of Stenness 2017

Watercolour painting by Ronan Cahill
Standing Stones of Stenness after the storm

Scattered showers on Loch Long

Rest and be Thankful

Rua Ginga at foot of Forteleza

Rua Ginga at foot of Forteleza, Luanda

Phone card seller Luanda

Phone card seller, Luanda

Ladies selling phone card on Marginal, Luanda

Ladies selling phone cards on Marginal, Luanda

Road crossing lady

Lady at crossing, Luanda

Lady at crossing

Selling fruit in the shade of the trees

selling Fruit in the shade of the trees
selling Fruit in the shade of the trees

A lady selling fruit in the shade of the trees in Luanda

Cooking bananas on the streets

cooking bananas on the street
cooking bananas on the street
wheel cart man

Man pushes cart in Luanda

wheel cart man
wheel cart man

1/2imperial size

£250 Framed

Man pushes cart past blue and white taxi in Luanda.

THree women walk down Rua Ginga

Three Fruit Seller Ladies walking on Rua Ginga, Luanda

THree women walk down Rua Ginga
Fruit Sellers walking down Rua Ginga
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Mother and child, Luanda

Mother and child, Luanda

Mother and child, Luanda
Mother and child, Luanda
Luanda street currency

Ladies selling Phone cards in Luanda

Luanda street currency
Ladies selling phone cards in Luanda (size 30cm by 50cm). This painting is sold.

Cuca on the shore

Cuca on the shore

Cuca on the shore
Cuca on the shore. Family enjoying the weekend by the Ilha, Luanda.  (size 25cm by 35cm) this painting is sold and lives in France.

The Ilha Luanda on a Sunday. Barbecue and beer on the beach. A family relax after a week of work.

Cathedral of the Holy Saviour

Cathedral of the holy saviour

Cathedral of the Holy Saviour
Man walks away from the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour on Rua Rainha Ginga in Luanda. (size 30cm by 50 cm) This painting is not for sale. This Painting will be displayed at the Livingston Art Association Annual Exhibition at the Howden Arts centre in Livingston Scotland from 27th May to 7th July 2015.

A man walks away from the Cathedral of the Holy Saviour in Luanda. The women walk towards the Catholic Cathedral carrying their goods on their heads. I love this Cathedral. It is an old building which was built in 1628, and it is still surviving amidst the modern skyscrapers. Buildings like this connect Luanda of today with Luanda of the past and give character to the city. The Cathedral is also known locally as Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies).

Chicala at night

Night Barber of Chicala

Chicala at night
Mother with child stares into the night as the night barber works in Chicala. Second of two paintings I did from this scene. This painting is sold and lives in London.

Mother with child stares into the night as the night barber works in Chicala. This scene has recently been destroyed, the barber shop lost to progress.

Ice Cream Trader

Ice Cream on the Ilha

Ice Cream Trader
Ice Cream vendor walks along the Ilha selling Ice Cream and beverages (size 37cm by 51cm) This painting is sold.

Another long hot day for the Ice-cream vendor. In the background the boats wait to come into dock.

La Vigia

Lunch at La Vigia, Luanda

La Vigia
Watercolor at Lunch in Luanda in La Vigia restaurant on a Sunday in September 2015.

1/2 Imperial Size

£250 Framed

Back lane to Flor de Se restaurant Luanda

Back lane to Flor de Se restaurant Luanda

Back lane to Flor de Se restaurant Luanda
Back lane to Flor de Se restaurant Luanda

1/4 Imperial Size

£150 mounted

Waiting on the Road to Sonils: the Port of Luanda

Sonils Road Watercolour Women waiting on the road to Sonils in Luanda Angola (30cm by 50cm)  While waiting in traffic I captured this scene on my phone, and later painted it. I was drawn to the colour of the women against the industrial background.

 

Downtown Luanda: on the corner of Rua Rainha Ginga and Rua do 1* Congresso do MPLA

Downtown Luanda. Two people running into the city. (size 30 cm by 50 cm) This Painting will be displayed at the Livingston Art Association Annual Exhibition at the Howden Arts centre in Livingston Scotland from 27th May to 7th July.

Downtown Luanda

Fruit sellers in Chicala

Fruit Sellers in Chicala- Luanda

Fruit sellers in Chicala
Family of fruit sellers in Chicala. This painting is sold.

This is the second Angolan painting I was moved to paint. I really like the satellite dishes and wheelbarrow.

Outside Bayside Restaurant Women sell phone cards Luanda Angola

Phone card sellers outside Bayside Restaurant Luanda

Outside Bayside Restaurant Women sell phone cards Luanda Angola
Outside Bayside Restaurant Women sell phone cards

Outside Bayside Restaurant on Marginal Women sell phone cards in Luanda. This painting is not for sale yet.

Rua Ginga Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Waiting outside the cathedral

Waiting outside the cathedral by Ronan Cahill, watercolour on paper

Rua Ginga Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
People stand outside the cathedral on Sunday morning
angola, luanda, streets

Mother and Child in Luanda

A mother with child on back in Luanda. Watercolour painting by Ronan Cahill. This Painting is not for sale yet.

angola, luanda, streets
mother and child luanda
fruit selling

Ladies sell fruit outside Agalamentos store

fruit selling
Ladies sell fruit outside Agalamentos store on Rua Ginga

1/2 Imperial Size

£200 Mounted

Ladies sell fruit outside Agalamentos store on Rua Ginga, water-colour Painting by ronan cahill.

Walk on By in Luanda

Walking past street vendors on the way to the ice-cream parlour

Walking past street vendors on the way to the Be-Delicious ice-cream parlour in Luanda, Rua do Atletico. This painting is not for sale yet.

Walk on By in Luanda
Walking past street vendors near Rua do Atletico, Luanda, Angola

Fruit sellers in Chicala

Pin Mill boatyard in May - watercolour painting

Pin Mill boatyard in May – watercolour painting

Pin Mill boatyard in May – watercolour painting

Pin Mill boatyard in May - watercolour painting
Pin Mill boatyard in May – watercolour painting

1/2 Imperial Size

£200 Mounted

Stoke-by-Nayland- watercolour

Stoke-by-Nayland- watercolour

Stoke-by-Nayland- watercolour

Stoke-by-Nayland- watercolour
Stoke-by-Nayland- watercolour

1/2 Imperial size

£200 mounted

Unpredictable cable..... Watercolour and ink///

Unpredictable cable….. Watercolour and ink///

Unpredictable cable….. Watercolour and ink///

Unpredictable cable..... Watercolour and ink///
Unpredictable cable….. Watercolour and ink///
Walking home after the rain- chicala watercolour

Walking home after the rain- chicala watercolour

Walking home after the rain- chicala watercolour

Walking home after the rain- chicala watercolour
Walking home after the rain- chicala watercolour

1/4 imperial size

£150 mounted

Fruit selling near Talatona, watercolour

Fruit selling near Talatona, watercolour

Fruit selling near Talatona, watercolour
Fruit selling near Talatona, watercolour
Looking at Fortaleza from Chicala

Night filling station at foot of Fortaleza

Looking at Fortaleza from Chicala
All night filling station at the foot of Fortaleza, Luanda, Angola

Night Filling Station at foot of Fortaleza.
Fortaleza de São Miguel or Saint Michael Fortress was a Portuguese fortress built in Luanda, Angola.
São Miguel fort was built in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais. It became the administrative center of the colony in 1627 and was a major outlet for slave traffic to Brazil. The fort was for many years a self-contained town protected by thick walls encrusted with cannons. Inside the fort, elaborate ceramic tiles tell the story of Angola from early years, and in the courtyard are large, imposing statues of Portugal’s first king, the first European to reach Angola, Diogo Cão, renowned explorer Vasco da Gama and other notables.] Until 1975, the fortress served as the headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the Portuguese Armed Forces in Angola.
Today, it holds the Museum of the Armed Forces. Between 1938 and 1958 it held the Museu de Angola, until it was moved and renamed Museu Nacional de História Natural de Angola.

The Castrol shop in Samba

Three girls walk past the Castrol shop in Samba

The Castrol shop in Samba
Walking in Samba
Trading outside Intermarket, Luanda, Angola

Trading outside Intermarket, Luanda, Angola

Trading outside Intermarket, Luanda, Angola
Fruit for sale, Luanda, Watercolour Painting by Ronan Cahill. This painting is not for sale yet.

1/4 imperial size

£150 mounted

Pizza at Lunch time

Rialto’s Pizza in Luanda

Pizza at Lunch time
Rialto’s Pizza in Luanda, with Sonangol building in background, Watercolor painting by Ronan Cahill

Rialto’s Pizza in Luanda, with Sonangol building in background, Watercolor painting by Ronan Cahill. 1/2 Imperial Size. £200 Mounted.

 

Beach children in Luanda

the back road through Samba, Luanda

Beach children in Luanda
The back road through Samba, Luanda, Angola, Watercolor Painting by Ronan Cahill. Some work colleagues and I took a trip to Benfica, on one Sunday at noon, choosing the back road through Samba.

The back road through Samba, Luanda, Angola, Watercolor Painting by Ronan Cahill. Some work colleagues and I took a trip to Benfica, on one Sunday at noon, choosing the back road through Samba.

Samba beach, Luanda, Angola, Africa by Ronan Cahill

Three children on Samba Beach, Luanda, Angola

Three children on Samba Beach, Luanda, Angola. Watercolor Painting by Ronan Cahill. This Painting is not for sale yet.

Samba beach, Luanda, Angola, Africa by Ronan Cahill
Three children on Samba Beach, Luanda, Angola. Watercolor Painting by Ronan Cahill.. 1/2 Imperial size. £200 mounted.

Chicala Father and Son walking to school

Father and son walking to school
Father and son walking to school. This painting is not for sale yet. This scene with these characters no longer exist as the surroundings have been since been levelled in the name of progress.

Cuca on the Shore

Luanda Street Selling on a sunny day

Seeing goods on Luanda street
Three Luanda women selling goods (size 25cm by 35cm)  Three women selling goods by the Luanda roadside outside an open tavern on a sunny day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watercolor painting

T-Shirt Seller in Luanda

Watercolor painting
T-shirt seller and his small family in Luanda. (size 22cm by 29cm)  This painting has been sold.

The T-shirt seller. This is the third painting of Angola that I painted. I was intrigued by the scene. The man and woman seem to be having a serious conversation, maybe even an argument. The child wants to pull away from his mother, obviously fascinated by the nearby market with all its interesting colours. I really enjoyed painting this one.

Mango Seller

Mango Seller Luanda

Mango SellerMango Seller getting ready to move. Ambulances wait by clinic in background. (size 25cm by 35cm)

 

Woman walks through the night in Chicala

Chicala at night

Woman walks through the night in Chicala
Chicala at night. Woman walks through the Luanda night. (size 38cm by 25cm)

Woman walking through the Chicala night beside the barber shop. This area no longer exists.

tearing down Chicala

Chicala to rubble
tearing down Chicala January 2014

This is the first Angola painting I made, having been moved by the thought of people losing their homes.

Water shortage

Boy carries water in Luanda

Water shortage
A boy carrying water in Boa Vista, Luanda. (size 25cm by 35cm)

In the midst of the social media craze of the western world throwing perfectly good drinking water over each other in the name of their chosen charities a friend took a photo of this scene in boa vista and asked if I would be interested in painting. 840,000 people die each year from the lack of access to running water. (see water.org for further facts). I love the JCB digger in the background and the paler colours of the Boa Vista buildings in the background.

Luanda Woman

Luanda Woman

Luanda Woman
A woman walks up the hill toward the new parliament in Luanda. (size 32cm by 25cm)

I was drawn to the mystery of what was in the bag this lady is carrying and her steady progress up this steep hill.

Cigar Shop Luanda

Tobacco Shop in Chicala Luanda

Cigar Shop Luanda
A boy looks into Tobacco shop in Chicala Luanda. (size 38cm by 48cm)

Returning to work after lunch at a fish restaurant I was drawn to this scene. A boy holds onto the bars of a tobacco shop which is painted like the flag of Angola. In the background the dome of the new parliament can be seen.

Still Life in the sunshine (Watercolour by Ronan Cahill)

Fruit and Vegetables Luanda, still life
Fruit and Vegetables Luanda, still life in watercolour. I saw this colourful vegetable stall while out for lunch one Sunday on the Ilha. I was drawn to the colours. I snapped a photo and started on the my watercolour version that night. (size 21cm by 21cm) -Ronan Cahill

Chicala Fish Restaurant

Eating Fish in Chicala
Eating Fish in Chicala – One Sunday returning to work from lunch I saw this scene. The mufete Angolan recipe for fish is quite tasty. In the shadowy background people eat, while a mother and child waits in the foreground. Amid basins and cooking stoves the woman on the left works. Watercolour by Ronan Cahill (size 33cm by 42cm)

Blue and White taxi

Blue and White parked on a Chicala Street while lady sells food on Av Dr Antonio Agostino Neto
Blue and White parked on a Chicala Street while lady sells food on Av Dr Antonio Agostino Neto. Across the road is the photograph developing shop. This area has subsequently been destroyed and is now rubble. Watercolour Painting by Ronan Cahill (size  24cm by 38cm) This Painting has been sold.
Luanda at sunset by the resting place of Neto

View from Lazuli

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From Lazuli guesthouse looking out to the Agostino Neto Mausoleum and the Baia Hotel. Watercolour Painting by Ronan Cahill  (size 33cm by 36cm) This Painting has been sold.

 

Luanda cooking

Street Barbeque in Chicala

Luanda cooking
Street Barbeque in Chicala, Luanda in the late evening Angolan sun. Watercolour Painting by Ronan Cahill (size 30cm by 22.5cm)

Fast Food Luanda

Fast Food Luanda. Motor cyclist delivers lunch to hungry security personnel daily.
Fast Food Luanda. Motor cyclist delivers lunch to hungry security personnel daily. 

Watercolour Painting by Ronan Cahill of a fast food motor cyclist delivering food for a security company whose staff work across Luanda guarding properties. (size 30cm by 26cm)

Chicala Musketeers

 

Chicala Musketeers
Chicala Musketeers  (size 30cm by 42cm)

 

Homes with fishing boat and cars Luanda

Harbour of homes in Chicala

Homes with fishing boat and cars Luanda
Harbour of homes in Chicala, at the start of Av Dr Antonio Agostino Neto
Watercolor painting along Comandante Kima Kienda

Further waiting on the road to Sonils: beside Comandante Kima Kienda

Watercolor painting along Comandante Kima Kienda
Women waiting by the port of Luanda. (size 24cm by 37cm)

Further waiting in traffic on the road to Sonils.

 

 

Luanda Jay-walkers

Jay Walking on Rua Rainha Ginga

Luanda Jay-walkers
Two people crossing Rua Rainha Ginga while a Blue and White taxi waits on the other side. (size 26cm by 27cm)

 

Watercolour Luanda

Walking down a Chicala lane off Av Dr Antonio Agostino Neto

Watercolour Luanda
Barbecue with eggs, as girl walks down lane in Chicala. (size 42cm by 25cm)

A child walking down a Chicala lane in Luanda. This lane will soon not exist as more and more of this area is reduced to rubble. I was drawn to the almost ghostliness of this scene.

Tearing down Chicala

Mangos

Icecream on Ilha

Water carrier Boa Vista

Tobacco shop

Luanda Woman