Studied and undiluted.
This little maroon painting (above) made a great impression on me when I saw it at the Jerwood Space in 2009. It just looked so much better than anything else around it.
Aidan Doherty makes small, complex paintings that unfold as you look at them. They are rich, focused, and devoid of anything superfluous. They are paintings which concentrate on painting and its possibilities. Painting is defined by materials and process, these are its essence and so it follows that these are its strengths. Doherty’s works are unencumbered by distracting demands and this fact, combined with his skill and inventiveness, make them very complete and successful paintings.