What Lies Beneath:Meridian by Tom Climent
The sun, that 4.6 billion-year-old, far-away - 149 million kilometres away - burning star, and now 300 degrees hotter than it was when it was born, doesn't always deliver.
Irish summers are hit-and-miss; ones, when the sun shone all the time, are still remembered. 1976 was good. On 29 June that year Boora, County Offaly, saw 32.5 degrees Celsius, the highest recorded 20th-century temperature on this island.
Tom Climent's recent work contains sunshine. Born and based in Cork, he says: "My father is from Valencia and we used to spend a lot of time there as kids. And I've lived there."
Working in a roof-top, open-air studio reminded him that Malaga winter skies are always blue and "the bright intense light there and the colours just fed into the work".
Recent work is "grounded in landscape," but they are imaginary, even idealised places.
Valleys, mountains, fields seen from above, are all elements in them. As are the structures that you might find on a journey - shelters, sheds, out-houses and "this idea of a journey, of searching for something relates, for me, to the act of painting itself".
Climent loved both science and art at school.
"One, based on logic, structure and reason, the other embracing chance, spontaneity and accident."