Enver Larney

Impressionist Oil Painter

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Enver Larney has, for the past 25 years, been hard at work capturing intoxicating scenes from around the world, oil on canvas. After more than 50, one-man shows exhibited globally since 1972, his works appear in many collections and institutions the likes of the Chase Manhattan Bank, New York, the Musee d'Affiche, in Paris, as well as countless private collections around the world.

Upnor Castle along the Medway river marks the beginning of the Thames estuary in County Kent England. The weather in London has been unstable with rain and today added wind, that had my canvas and easel strapped to an electric pole - which saved the day. Beautifully active cloud formations and a rugged foreground with boats anchored against the bad weather.

The pier at Lower Upnor along the Medway, Kent, England provided for a canvas that was dramatically interrupted by heavy rain during low tide, reminding me of the bad old days. These two boats offered subject material as they rocked in long tides reminiscent of Fouras in La Rochelle, southern France, with the pier providing river defences for London since the sixteenth century and Upnor Castle a short distance away. Pleasure boats can be seen sheltering inland just off the north Sea and the inland river of the Thames.

Fouras (four aces) are islands off the coast of La Rochele along the southern French coast. One of the more spectacular regions that I have worked for years. This canvas was painted in the rain but due to the powerful composition, I soldiered on regardless. Foreground assortment of wild dune flora provided some colour on a bleak but rewarding day. France has beckoned as a valuable destination for me, together with the very north of Ireland, where I have just touched upon the many rewarding scenes on offer. I intend to do a major show in Dublin Ireland within the foreseeable future in order to give collectors here a chance to acquire my work.

The long tides at Fouras call for unique fishing methods like these. On the left, the first leading island that forms these Four Aces and its tiny village at low tide during the height of summer 2016.

The long tides at Fouras call for unique fishing methods like these. On the left, the first leading island that forms these Four Aces and its tiny village at low tide during the height of summer 2016.

During my first visit to County Donegal in the north of Ireland, it was in order to paint this mountain in the village of Dunlewey. Mount Errigal would become the focus of many visits to the region since, culminating in the latest series of work that I completed here. This canvas was painted from the entrance of its local church during heavy rainfall throughout the sermon on a Sunday morning which a baptism of fire could not quench.

Graveson en Provence is a little village that I painted a few years ago in the south of France. Wet weather brought out clear colours in a region that Vincent van Gogh also frequented during his short stay in the region. This farmhouse and road leading up to it offered perfect subject material in this rural setting.

Oberbaumbrucke (Overtree bridge) in Berlin separated the city from east to west during the cold war but during my recent visit there in 2017, spent frequent trips crossing it with the two sectors of the city noticeably different in architecture and urban density. Europe has been under tremendous political pressure given the onset of terror of recent. This has also made me more cautious with approach to my work here.

Templehof airport in Berlin has been kept as a recreational park for the locals and I have visited this spot regularly while in this city. During my visit to Europe in 2017, bad weather stopped my work but I finally found some sun in Ireland after waiting for days for the Atlantic Ocean to be kind to painters.

The famous wreck on Macheraclogher beach in County Donegal painted on a wet windy day before it finally disappears with the onset of another fierce storm.

The wreck at Macheraclogher beach is an iconic landmark that is known throughout Ireland. Recent storms has reduced it to a dangerous level with locals clamouring for its removal and some resisting this move. However it may disappear forever if the next fierce storm has its way.

This iconic view of Mount Errigal in County Donegal Ireland attracts visitors from all over and I had another chance to paint it during my recent visit, helped by Hugh Coyle (aka Mr Wild, Irelands number 1 DJ), who were more than a perfect host during my stay here.

Iconic Mount Errigal seen from the village of Dore in Gweedore County Donegal from a similar spot I worked last year.

Mount Errigal seen from the vilage of Gweedore in the north of Ireland’s County Donegal. Intermittent rain with cool weather.

Returning to the very north of Ireland to paint again has been a great pleasure despite the rainy weather and moderate temperatures. My hosts Julia and Hugh Coyle (aka DJ Mr. Wild) I had met twenty years prior when first visiting here to paint this iconic mountain and it’s incredibly beautiful surrounds. This bridge at Menacuing was decommissioned years ago and the line is overgrown with heather, offering this iconic scene.