About/CV

it was a solitary structure set among treesMe:

I was born in London and was raised and studied in Ireland. I then lived for six years in Berlin, Germany and returned to Ireland in 2013.

I studied a joint degree in Fine Art (painting) and Art History at the National College of Art and Design in Thomas Street, Dublin and graduated with honours in 1995.

I’m currently based in county Cavan, Ireland. Statement is below, please scroll down for my CV.

My work:

My newest work focuses on realist painting which has been combined with text. At present the focus is on minimal landscapes as the backdrop to a word or phrase, however, the background subject matter will likely broaden out in future series. I’m also exploring the idea of videos and photographs and text with the view to creating and documenting some site specific works.

The combination of text + images images bring to mind the more usually encountered (but more ephemeral) graphic imagery found on posters, book covers, memes, as motivational quotes, or forming scene titles in movies and TV series.

The addition of words adds a cinematic quality to my painted works, however, their very nature as static paintings, allows for for more scrutiny than a flickering image on a screen that is gone in a few seconds. Text allows a broader untold story to be told or imagined by the viewer. My work has always had a graphic, flat element to it, be it illustrative style drawings, collaged imagery or layered organic shapes. This newest series too integrates this element, this time through the inclusion of typography and lettering. Snippets of stories, thoughts or imaginings are emblazoned across each painting and hint at events that may have taken place at the scene.

I have exhibited widely in both group and solo exhibitions in Ireland, the UK and Germany, received an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Award in 2007. My work is part of private collections in Germany, the UK and Ireland.

New work, works in progress and news will be posted here on my website and/or on facebook / twitter / instagram

CV

EDUCATION: 1991 – 1995: BA joint course in Fine Art & the History of Art at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin (BA hons.)

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:

2016
8 – 24th April.
The 1916 Sackville Street, Remembering 262 Civilians Through Art. For more information about the project please see the official website http://1916sackvillestreet.com/

October Upcoming solo exhibition, Bailieborough as part of the Baileborough Poetry Festival run by the LitLab writing and poetry group.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2014
Me and My Shadow, Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne

2011
‘My Fairytale Life’ Alice Gryphius Kunstraum, Berlin

2007
‘Intricate Seductions’, Monstertuck Gallery, Dublin.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015

Sept
Gezeichnet fürs Leben’ Sammlung Schirm (Schirm Art Collection), Galerie Root, Berlin.

January
Response to Beauty, Mullagh

2014

November-Jan
Chimera Gallery, Mullingar

November
Response to Beauty, Trinity House, Cavan

October-Dec
Vanishing Art sculpture exhibition, Carton House, Kildare

September
Connections 5, three-person show, Courtyard Gallery, Bristol

February

‘Wet’ Hive Emerging, Waterford City, Ireland

2013

December
Intercultural Winter Arts Exhibition

Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street, Dublin 2

September
National Student Poetry Awards, exhibition, Cavan.

March
Two-person exhibition, Backstage Gallery, Longford

2012    
Rotebete Gallery, Berlin, works in various Berlin venues.

November:
‘Freak Show’ group exhibition 24th November, Gerichtstr. 23, Wedding, Berlin

January:    
Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London.

2009
October:
Windows Publications, Authors & Artists No. 9 launch, Cavan, Ireland.
April:    
Tease Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
March:    
‘Drawing Eire’ 411 Galleries Shanghai, China
February:
‘Mix the Amalgamation’ Turn-Berlin, Germany
January:    
‘On the Bounce’ Turn-Berlin, Germany

2008:
October:    
‘Kristall Clear’, Turn-Berlin, Berlin, Germany
May:
‘Tape Modern number 3‘ Tape Club Heidestr. 14 Berlin, Germany
April:
Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland
March:
‘Is Mise Ireland’, 411 Galleries, Shanghai, China
February:  
Central Bank, Dublin, Ireland
Access to Arts Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2007:
December:  
The BIG Store, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
White Sight, Hazel Williams Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.
November:  
Down the Line, Crow Gallery Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.
July:  
BT2/Art to Order, Dublin, Ireland
June:    
Battling Autism exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
April:  
St-Art exhibition Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
March:
Loft Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2006:
December:  
Monstertruck Gallery Christmas exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
‘Treat’ Talbot Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
RDS Art Fair, Dublin, Ireland
June:    
Enable Ireland Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland

1993 – 2000
2000:  
Ballinahinch Castle, Co. Galway, Ireland
1999:  
‘Absolut Pavement Art’, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
1998:
‘Absolut Secret’, group show, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1996:
‘A Rainy Season’, group show, The Jo Rain Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
1995:
Venice Biennale ‘Outpost’, group exhibition, Venice, Italy
N.C.A.D. Degree exhibition, group show, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1994:
‘Open Access’, The Crypt, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
‘Arnotts National Portrait Award Exhibition’, Dublin Ireland.
1993:
16″ X 12″, The Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
‘Arnotts National Portrait Award Exhibition’, Dublin, Ireland

 

PUBLICATIONS:

2012
Windows Publications, ‘Authors & Artists No. 10 Authors & Artists, Introduction Series No. 10′. 20 year anniversary edition. Edited by Heather Brett and Noel Monaghan.
Pank Magazine 7 cover and interior

2011

Poetry Bus
Boyne Berries Autumn Edition

2009
Drawing Eire, 411 Galleries (Catalogue)
Windows Publications, ‘Authors & Artists No. 9 Authors & Artists, Introduction Series No. 9′. Edited by Heather Brett and Noel Monaghan.

2008
Is Mise Ireland, 411 Galleries (Catalogue)
Hekmag – Arts, Fashion & Design Magazine, Germany

AWARDS

Visual Artist Bursary Award Arts Council of Ireland 2007

MEDIA APPEARANCES:
November 2007: Newstalk 106-108, Culture Shock, interview with Fionn Davenport
April 2007: Nationwide, RTE Television, interview about emerging art in Ireland.