I am an Edinburgh based artist. Born in Cork City rep. of Ireland I graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork City, Rep. of Ireland with a degree in Fine Art Painting. I have exhibited in many galleries including Ireland, Scotland and London. I have shown work at The London Art Fair with the Compass Gallery. I have taken part in an International Art Symposium/residency in Lithuania. I had a solo exhibition at Attic Salt Gallery, part of the EAF 2008. I was shortlisted for the National Open Competition 2015. My work is in the collection of the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork City.
I am figurative painter. My current practice often relies on the counterplay of presence and absence, realised through the actual depiction of the figure from behind. A reflection of detachment and attachment at once felt or not.
This conscious decision to explore an alternative aspect to the figure is an attempt to objectify the subject and give a viewer more freedom to interpret. Perhaps as a voyeur we are invited to watch the one who is unaware.The genesis of the work comes about from the found or stumbled upon image. I do not work from life or particular individuals as my intention is more engaged with the ‘everyman’. I build up a bank of imagery from which I dip in and out of .
2014 – ‘Some of its Parts’, Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh
2009 – ‘Folk’ Harbour Arts Centre, Irving
2008 – ‘Offerings’ Attic Salt Gallery, Edinburgh, (Edinburgh Art Festival 2008)
2006 – ‘FOLK’ The Arches, Glasgow
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Biscuit factory, Newcastle Converge @VAS, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2015 SSA, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Blackcube Collective Annual, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh
Patriothall Gallery – Ian Healy & Derek McGuire, Edinburgh