Casting Shadows byFergal MacCabe.
Fergal MacCabe studied at the School of Architecture U.C.D. from 1957 to 1963 and continues to practise his sciagraphic skills and draughtsmanship and watercolour technique to depict buildings of the Classical style particularly those of his native Offaly. He is the winner of the Georgian Society’s award for his original drawing of Dublin Castle. In the past few years he has begun to explore the concept of the architectural capriccio which is a composition of imaginary or real architecture in a picturesque or dramatic setting.
Sometimes familiar buildings are relocated to unfamiliar settings to allow a reappraisal of their qualities. He has won the Sullivan Graphics prize for his “Dublin Capriccio”. In the early Renaissance the capriccio was a device used to promote or explore the concept of the ideal or Utopian city. Later,in the hands of Panini and Canaletto it became a common theme for the production of attractive compositions in the Classical manner.