Privilege of Existence

This is a mask I was given as a gift almost 9 years ago. My good friend Ger who gave it to me said she would love to see what I could do with it and paint something of my own on it. I really loved it as it was, just a blank white smooth surface. It took about 9 years for me to finally get the urge to paint something on it and turn it into something with narrative. I wanted to paint a kind of self portrait for a while and so I thought this would best represent what I wanted to do.

When I finished it, I decided to wear it and see how it would photograph. It felt like a ‘becoming of’. Like the land we came from and back to the land we go.

For the title of the piece itself ‘Privilege Of Existence’ I had in mind my belief of how fickle and fragile our own existence is. The chance of ‘becoming’  is like a lotto in ways. Since childhood I always think of my own very existence and how being adopted makes me feel about that. Time itself is a place we survive for only an atom-size fraction, until the next cycle of generations rotate. It raises questions to me about how significant we really are, in nature and among the smallest of stars to the largest ones that we know of yet.

I painted this piece in oils and I used pieces of pine needles I found on the Djouce woods bed where I incorporated onto the mask surface before applying multiple layers of oils. I approach most of my painting in this way. I like to keep pieces I find along the way when I am out hiking and reviving then back into a kind of living state, in art and forever preserved.

Going on exhibit February 27th to March 12th, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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‘Privilege of Existence’ Self Portrait, Oil, mixed media on plaster mould, 13 x 21cm
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A Becoming, Self Portrait, Photograph

Digital Landscapes

As part of my upcoming exhibition titled ‘Solace’, I will have 4 digital landscape photographs on exhibit at Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow. It runs from February 27th to March 12th with opening reception March 3rd at 7pm. All are welcome!

In Brief : : Solo Exhibition 2017

I am so happy and very excited to finally have a solo exhibition early next year 2017. I have been working very hard on my current series the past 2 years after a long time where painting every day and sometimes with gaps of months had not been possible for me due to personal life commitments. These past 2 years I have been so lucky to be able to paint full time and explore many possibilities within my art form. With my new studio I finally got up and running here in Co. Wicklow in such inspirational surroundings, I have come back to my true passion and love for painting and nature. Details on my exhibition will be announced very soon. If you would like to find out,  come back here in a couple of weeks or follow me on my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Here is one of my paintings that will be included in the show early 2017. Click on the image title below to read a short recent press publication about the work. To see more click here.

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‘Washed Out Season’, Oil on Canvas, 120cm x 120cm