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    October Fractal in memory of Mandelbrot by Tadhg McSweeney. (Click on image to enlarge).

    October Fractal in memory of Mandelbrot is the title of this work by Tadhg McSweeney.  It is from the solo exhibition “Radharc”, the Irish word for view or vantage point, at Macroom Town Hall in County Cork until July 29.  Born in Kilnamartryra near Macroom in 1936 his work includes landscapes, urbanscapes, seascapes, still-life and portraits.
    Benoit Mandelbrot, the Polish born French American mathematician who died in 2010, coined the term “fractals”. In an introduction to The Fractal Geometry of Nature he pointed out that clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line. Natural fractals include the shapes of mountains, coastlines and river basins; the structures of plants, blood vessels and lungs; the clustering of galaxies. Fractals are found in music, painting, architecture and stock market prices.
    Tadhg McSweeney is primarily a self taught artist who works mostly with oils and watercolour, with occasional fresco work. His inspiration comes from the environment around Kilnamartryra and his preference is memory. He studied painting in the National College of Art, Dublin in 1959, etching, silk and screen printing in London and fresco painting in Italy in 1984-85.

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