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Artist Statement

My subject matter is landscape, in particular the rugged landscape of North Mayo, Sligo, the Curragh Co. Kildare and the gardens and natural forms around me.

I want to celebrate the subtlety and nuance, the sense of timelessness, strength and fragility and to convey this through intuitive abstraction, memory, emotion, mark making and movement of paint.

Using the recognised language of landscape such as horizon lines and boundaries, the paint is scraped back, reworked, layered, all the while being mindful of the tones, shapes and edges created. These elements speak to me of waves, clouds, rocks, light, shadow, colour and form.

My aim is to distill images, memories, and emotions, leaving just enough room for subjective interpretation.

Education:

 

Sligo College of Art and Design 1976-77

Colaiste Stiofan Naofa, Cork, 2000-01

Crawford College of Art and Design Bachelor of Fine Arts, First Class Honours., 2002-2007

 

Further education:

 

“Cold wax abstract painting” with Rebecca Crowell, Ballinglen Art Foundation, Co. Mayo, 2015

 

“Further into Abstraction” with Nuala Clarke at Ballinglen, Co Mayo, 2016

 

“Floribunda” with Emily Ball, at Seawhite Studios, Brighton, 2017

 

 

Recent juried Exhibitions:

Shortlisted for the Royal Hibernian Academy annual exhibition 2020

Selected artist Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2019

Selected artist The Courthouse Ennis Summer Exhibition 2019

Selected artist for "Cairde", at The Model Sligo 2018

 

Selected artist at RUA RED annual group show December 2018

 

Selected artist at The Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition 2018

 

Selected artist at The Royal Hibernian Academy 188th annual exhibition 2018

 

Selected artist “9 Walls” @ The Hyde bridge Gallery, Sligo, November 2018

 

Selected artist 'Mayo Artists", @The Linen Hall, Castlebar, November 2017

 

Solo Shows:

 

“Summer of Light” Pollen Studios Belfast, October 2018

 

“Looking West” @ The Solas Gallery Leitrim, May 11th to June 2nd 2018

 

"Family" The Blue Door, Dunlavin Arts Festival June 2015

“Island to Island” Galleri Roda Stugan, Åstol, Gothenburg, Sweden 2014

 

"Farther West", Shaw gallery , Cork, 2006

 

 

 

Group shows:

"Rotary and Sight Savers" fundraising exhibition, Newbridge 2019

The Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2019

Summer Exhibition at The Courthouse Ennis 2019

"Ensemble" at Hambly&Hambly, Enniskillen, April 2019

Christmas show at The Doorway Gallery Dublin 2019

Rua Red Christmas show, Tallaght, November 2018

The Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition 2018

The 188th Royal Hibernian Academy Summer Show 2018

Christmas group show SO Fine Art Editions December 2018

“Eclectic” at Hambly&Hambly, Enniskillen, November 2018

 

"Cairde" at The Model Sligo 2018

 

Invited artist, Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival Newbridge Co. Kildare 2018

 

Invited artist Dunlavin Arts festival  2018

Mayo Artists,The Linen Hall, Castlebar, Co Mayo, 2017

Summer group show at Hambly&Hambly, Enniskillen, 2017

 

The Doorway Gallery summer show  2017

 

The Doorway Gallery Christmas show  2017

 

The Lavelle Art Gallery Christmas show  2014,'15,'16,'17,'18,'19

 

The Kildare Gallery  2015, 2016, 2017,2018

 

Lavitt Gallery Summer Show  2011,'12,'13,'14,'15

 

Dunlavin Arts Festival – Market House  2019,18,17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08

 

The Gerard Manly Hopkins festival Newbridge, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018

Fledglings Lavitt Gallery, Cork  2006, 07, 08

 

 

Private Collections:

 

USA,

Austria

Belgium

Sweden

Ireland

Australia

UK