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 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.
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.)
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.
Me and My Shadow, Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne
‘My Fairytale Life’ Alice Gryphius Kunstraum, Berlin
‘Intricate Seductions’, Monstertuck Gallery, Dublin.
‘Gezeichnet fürs Leben’ Sammlung Schirm (Schirm Art Collection), Galerie Root, Berlin.
Response to Beauty, Mullagh
Chimera Gallery, Mullingar
Response to Beauty, Trinity House, Cavan
Vanishing Art sculpture exhibition, Carton House, Kildare
Connections 5, three-person show, Courtyard Gallery, Bristol
‘Wet’ Hive Emerging, Waterford City, Ireland
Intercultural Winter Arts Exhibition
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street, Dublin 2
National Student Poetry Awards, exhibition, Cavan.
Two-person exhibition, Backstage Gallery, Longford
Rotebete Gallery, Berlin, works in various Berlin venues.
‘Freak Show’ group exhibition 24th November, Gerichtstr. 23, Wedding, Berlin
Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London.
Windows Publications, Authors & Artists No. 9 launch, Cavan, Ireland.
Tease Art Fair, Cologne, Germany
‘Drawing Eire’ 411 Galleries Shanghai, China
‘Mix the Amalgamation’ Turn-Berlin, Germany
‘On the Bounce’ Turn-Berlin, Germany
‘Kristall Clear’, Turn-Berlin, Berlin, Germany
‘Tape Modern number 3‘ Tape Club Heidestr. 14 Berlin, Germany
Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland
‘Is Mise Ireland’, 411 Galleries, Shanghai, China
Central Bank, Dublin, Ireland
Access to Arts Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
The BIG Store, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
White Sight, Hazel Williams Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.
Down the Line, Crow Gallery Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland.
BT2/Art to Order, Dublin, Ireland
Battling Autism exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
St-Art exhibition Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Loft Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Monstertruck Gallery Christmas exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
‘Treat’ Talbot Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
RDS Art Fair, Dublin, Ireland
Enable Ireland Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland
1993 – 2000
Ballinahinch Castle, Co. Galway, Ireland
‘Absolut Pavement Art’, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
‘Absolut Secret’, group show, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
‘A Rainy Season’, group show, The Jo Rain Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
Venice Biennale ‘Outpost’, group exhibition, Venice, Italy
N.C.A.D. Degree exhibition, group show, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
‘Open Access’, The Crypt, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
‘Arnotts National Portrait Award Exhibition’, Dublin Ireland.
16″ X 12″, The Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
‘Arnotts National Portrait Award Exhibition’, Dublin, Ireland
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
Boyne Berries Autumn Edition
Drawing Eire, 411 Galleries (Catalogue)
Windows Publications, ‘Authors & Artists No. 9 Authors & Artists, Introduction Series No. 9′. Edited by Heather Brett and Noel Monaghan.
Is Mise Ireland, 411 Galleries (Catalogue)
Hekmag – Arts, Fashion & Design Magazine, Germany
Visual Artist Bursary Award Arts Council of Ireland 2007
November 2007: Newstalk 106-108, Culture Shock, interview with Fionn Davenport
April 2007: Nationwide, RTE Television, interview about emerging art in Ireland.