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'River Run, 100 x 120 cms at the Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition, London, 2020

(Private Collection UK)

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River Pool, 100 x 120 cms at the Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition, London, 2020

(Private Collection UK)

About

​Born in Ireland and now based in Northern Ireland, I have been a full-time professional artist for the past 16 years.

Approaching my 30th birthday, I decided to make a break from an secure office 'job-for-life'

to fully commit to developing a creative life.   

 

I graduated from IADT Dublin (Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design) in 1997 with a National Diploma in Fine Art. 

 

I have had solo exhibitions in Ireland (Belfast, Dublin, Cork) and have participated in group shows and juried exhibitions. 

My Work

 

My practice combines painting, drawing and photographic collage. Re-imagining scenes from memory combined with observational visual research, I search for something akin to an atmosphere which is often mysterious and usually reveals itself in the final stages of the painting.

 

My studio work explores the physical act of painting and how the precarious method of pouring, spreading, dripping and scraping forces abandonment of the notion of control, a form of surrendering to the process. Experimenting with various paint mediums and surfaces such as wood, aluminium, canvas and paper, I am interested in how I respond to these materials and how their characteristics inform the direction of the work.

Awards include:

 

Arts Council of Northern Ireland SIAP      (2019, 2016)

Paul Henry Landscape Award at the Royal Ulster Academy Belfast    (2006 and 2014)

Northern Ireland Towry Award National Open Art UK    (2015, 2014)

Ballinglen Arts Foundation (Fellowship)

Custom House Studios Exhibition & Studio Award (Westport, Co. Mayo)

Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat (Co. Kerry)

Heinrich Boll Residency, Achill Island (Co. Mayo)

Previous Projects/Exhibitions
 

2019 - 'Transience'

Solo Show at Solomon Fine Art Dublin

2017 - 'Garden of Delights'

Solo Show at Ards Arts Centre, Northern Ireland

2017 - 'Botanic'

Solo Show at Hammond Gallery Skibbereen, Co. Cork

2015 - 'Secret Garden'

Solo Show at Solomon Fine Art Dublin

2013 - 'An Invented Land'

Solo Show at Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff,  Co. Cork

2009 - 'Discovering Ballinglen'

Solo Show at Mullan Gallery Belfast

2007 - 'Return'

Solo Show at Mullan Gallery Belfast

2003 - 'Living Layer'

Solo Show/Residency, Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo

1997 - National Diploma in Fine Art (Merit)

Dun Laoghaire College of Art & Design, Dublin

Collections

 

Irish Business & Employers Confederation Dublin (IBEC)

Druids Glen Resort, Ireland

Office of Public Works (OPW) State Art Collection, Ireland  

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) 

Department of Finance & Personnel, Northern Ireland

Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art  

Four Seasons Hotel Dublin   

Park Avenue Hotel Belfast (Commission) 

Boyle Civic Collection, Co. Roscommon  

Allied Irish Bank Ireland  

Westport Town Council, Co. Mayo

Phoebe Fox & Kyle Soller (UK) (Commission)

DJ Annie Mac (UK)

 

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