The focal concern of my work is the malleable qualities of paint and its mark making abilities. Through a constant empirical dialogue, disruptively painted elements debate with each other to offer a displaced, ever evolving visual impulse.
This process has built a back catalogue of investigative, repetitive vocabulary. As a visual language, it has been reproduced and manipulated repeatedly through each painting in the form of gestural marks, structured space and a vibrant palette. Employing a technique based on a system of layered painting which concludes a constant state of flux.
Recent work is focused on devising ensembles of consciously orchestrated marks, demonstrating their perspective, as well as their consequence. Processes involving masking and vinyl tape currently continue my interest in, and parody of, the ideas around conceal/ reveal in painting.
Determining and finding new perspectives of specific marks is explored through preliminary painted studies made in the studio. As a process driven painter these studies allow for experimental liberties where trial and error is applied on fragmented canvas or paper. Once determined, they are replicated onto canvas. Acting as a trajectory, they are a central point of my practice. The studies dictate the direction of a painting, manifesting intuitive, hugely organic and instinctive balancing acts of contrast.
2012-2014 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK 2010-2011 BA Fine Art, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland 2007-2010 BA Art & Design, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland 1982 Born Dublin, Ireland
2014: AB Associates, private commission, London, UK
2013: Supported by the Arts Council of Ireland
2012: Regional support from the Arts Council of Ireland 2011: Freyer Award in recognition of excellence for painting, Royal Dublin Society, Ireland
Summer Salon, Angus- Hughes Gallery, London, UK
Let Grass Roots Grow, curated by Ronan Bowes, A-side B-side Gallery, London, UK
Sunday In the Park with Ed, curated by Cedric Christie and Pascal Rousson, Display Gallery, London, UK
London Irish Art, Central Hall Museum, London, UK
POST, Pop-Up Gallery, London, UK
Culture Night Ireland, Courthouse Gallery, Clare, IRE
STOP IT, MA Graduate Show, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
Exhibition Auction, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK
Something Recalled, curated by Helen Carey, Glor Gallery, Clare, IRE
In Transit, V22 exhibition space, London, UK
Annual Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery,Wexford, IRE
Annual Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, IRE
60th Wexford Opera Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, IRE
Royal Dublin Society Award Winners, Farmleigh House, Dublin, IRE
Royal Dublin Society Visual Art Awards, Dublin, IRE
BA Degree Show, CCAM, Galway, IRE
Proximity, Galway, IRE
Here and Now, Bodega Gallery, Cork, IRE
Riding High, Moycullen Gallery, Galway, IRE
Surface, curated by Maeve Mulrennan & Victoria Smith, Galway, IRE
April 2016: Fresh Paint Magazine, America/ UK
February 2015: Risk Magazine, UK