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"The Way We Live Today" oil on canvas 76X102 cm

I painted this piece just before lockdown. It plays with the idea of time, who controls time, and whether we would have a clearer vision of who we are and where we are if we could stop time and stop the world for only a moment. Then covid and lockdown came along, the world as we know it did stop, and we now live in a new post-pandemic era. The picture is of the heart of my native city centre of Belfast, the city hall. The statue of Queen Victoria controlling time is a nod to politics and the past. A moment later, time will stop.

​​"A Puppet in the City" oil on canvas 90X120 cm Artists - Fine Arts  

"Tempus Fugit" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 50X35 cm 

​"Another Ship of Fools" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge35X50 cm Sold

"The Way We Live Today" talks about the environment, global warming, climate change and the use of fossil fuels. It shows one of America's classic gas guzzlers from the 1960s. A mask-wearing couple takes a Sunday afternoon drive through a dystopian wasteland of plastic bottles and dead trees, past a timepiece showing five to midnight against a backdrop of fire. The car, this beautiful piece of machinery, is strangling the environment - our contemporary dilemma.

​The large oils are for sale. To discuss price and availability please contact me on dandowling2012@gmail.com Artists - Fine Arts


​"The Art of Stopping the World" oil on canvas 90X120 cm

"The Way We Live Today" oil on canvas 76X100 cm

​"Belfast North Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 35X50 cm £750 framed

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​"Airport" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 35X50 cm £ 750 framed

The exhibition continues at the Royal Ulster Academy Members' Gallery, Alpha House, 1 Rosemary Street, Belfast BT1 1QA 02890320819, Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, until the end of August 2023.  For more information about the work, please get in touch with me at dandowling2012@gmail.com

This painting is one of a series of paintings and drawings based on an original work by the 14th/15th-century mystic artist Hieronymus Bosch. Bosch, in his day, thought that society had lost its moral compass and was like a group of people adrift in a small boat with no captain, control, or direction. In my piece, I highlight parallels to our current society. The carrots represent food or famine, and the butterflies symbolise nature. A rich man is vomiting money, and the poor man or illegal immigrant is begging outside the boat. A madman is chasing butterflies, a businessman has a plan, and the singers are a memory of a sinking Titanic. The tiger is a reference to the "Life of Pi."  The boat, tied with string and controlled by a wooden spoon, lurches dangerously towards the rocks in shark-infested waters. Artists - Fine Arts

"Friday Afternoon in the Spaniard" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 35X50 cm sold

"Eat at Manny's" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 50X35cm £750 framed

"The Bell Jar" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 50X35 cm

"Once Upon a Time at the Christmas Market" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 50X35 cm




​2023 Solo Exhibition in the RUA Members'Gallery           ​ Artists - Fine Arts

"Sunday Night in La Triana, Sevilla" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 50X35 cm £750 framed Artists - Fine Arts 

"The Gatelodge at the Waterworks" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 35X50 cm

I painted this image pre-covid and at the height of the Boris Johnson era. The backdrop is Tesco Metro and the Reform Club in Belfast's city centre. It talks about control, the haves and the have-nots. These ideas were very current at that time. From left to right are two faceless businessmen, a Big Issue seller, a person begging, a puppet controlled by the hand of Big Brother, the player of the Stroh violin ( then the sound of the city centre) and two "ladies that lunch". Boris Johnson's eagle eye forever gazes down from the Reform Club's first-floor window. 

"Another Ship of Fools" 120X150 cms oil on canvas

​"Just Another Day at Queens" Derwent Graphic on White Cartridge 35X50 cm

"The Art of Stopping the World" oil on canvas 90X120 cm Artists - Fine Arts