Artist Statement

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The role of drawing is fundamental to my work. These drawings of crows and animals are sometimes prefaces to paintings, and sometimes a relaxation from them. They are works in their own right.

They are witnesses to the changes in the landscape of Teeromoyle in South West Kerry – my mother’s place.

My mother died quite young but I was reared on her stories about her childhood in the mountains, so family and a sense of place haunts my work. My mother’s past is my past. Her parent’s house is long gone but the field where the house was remains unchanged and I have painted this field many times.

Painting the field sometimes makes me feel snug, warm and sheltered and other times exposed, vulnerable and turbulent. I remove layers of earth while adding layers of paint

This is my subject matter, not the meaning of my paintings

Art Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions

Painting/Drawing

  • Solomon Gallery Dublin July 2019
  • Greenlane Gallery Dingle Co. Kerry November 2018
  • Origin Gallery Dublin September 2018
  • Origin Gallery Dublin May 2017
  • United Arts Club Dublin, October 2017
  • The Russell Gallery with Artist Brian Gallagher, The Burren, Co Clare September 2016
  • Origin Gallery Dublin May 2015
  • United Arts Club Dublin September 2014
  • Draiocht Arts Centre Dublin May 2014
  • Cill Rialaig Arts Centre Kerry May 2013
  • Origin Gallery Dublin March 2012
  • Dungarvan Arts Centre, Co Waterford February 2012
  • United Arts Club Dublin April 2011
  • Henry Gilmore Gallery Belfast November 2010
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin September 2010
  • United Arts Club Dublin April 2009
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin April 2008
  • Cill Rialaig Arts Centre April 2007
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin May 2005
  • Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin September 2002

Group Exhibitions

Painting/Drawing

  • Solomon Gallery Dublin 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Blue Leaf Gallery 2001 - 2011
  • United Arts Club 2001 – 2016
  • The Moreton Gallery, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucerstershire UK 2015
  • Selected Annual Exhibition Greenlane Gallery Dingle 2005 - 2017
  • Selected Group Exhibition on White Tailed Eagle – Muckross Gallery 2008
  • Group Summer Show Backstage Theatre Longford 2002
  • Group Show Bank of Ireland Arts Centre 2002
  • Oireachtas Annual Exhibition 2002, Open Submission
  • Eigse Carlow 2003, Open Submission

Selected Annual Group Exhibitions

Sculpture/Painting

  • Boyle Arts Festival 2017
  • Invited Artist - Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin 2014
  • Amsterdam Art Fair 2013
  • Royal Ulster Academy of Art Open Submission 2005,2006,2007,2008, 2017,2018
  • RHA Annual Group Exhibition 1987,1988,1989 and 1991 (sculpture)
  • Royal Ulster Academy of Art Annual Exhibition 1993 (sculpture)

Public Commissions

  • Sculpture - Defender’s Row Plaque – Dundalk
  • Sculpture - Morrigan’s Ravens – Dundalk

Work Purchased by Public Bodies

  • Night Hare - The Office of Public Works, 2012
  • An Undulating Silence - The Office of Public Works, 2005
  • Seguiría - The Office of Public Works, 2005
  • Field – Enterprise Ireland, 2005

Residencies/Fellowships

  • Fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Co Kerry, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2014, 2019
  • Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany September 2009