Born in Dublin, I now live and paint near Carna in the Connemara Gaeltacht on the west coast of Ireland. My background is in the natural sciences, with a BA (Mod) in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD on Oyster Culture in Ireland from the National University of Ireland Galway and a BA in Fine Art and Design from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. In August 2008, I represented Ireland at Euro Celtic Art, part of the Festival Interceltique du Lorient in Brittany. My works are in the collections of the National University of Ireland Galway, University College Hospital Galway and Oireachtas na Gaeilge, An Culturlann Belfast, and in private collections in Ireland, UK, France, Switzerland and North America. I am a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland, un Societaire d’AYAC Salon d’Yvetot et de Haute-Normande and, until recently, a former board member of Lorg Printmakers Galway.
My practice attempts to replicate the ways in which the forces of time and nature (decay, destruction, etc.) metamorphose, etch and scar objects or surfaces to expose hidden forms. Terms of reference and influences allude to palaeontology, archaeology, zoology, mythology, cave art, Etruscan frescoes, peeling hoardings, mindless graffiti, and the general detritus of life.
My new exhibition "Faoi Cheilt" opens on 28th February 2014 at 7.00 pm will in Ionad Cultútha Baile Mhúirne, Co. Cork, and will run until 28th April 2014. It will be officially launched by the musician, composer and broadcaster, Peadar Ó Riada. Refreshments will be served and the exhibition will be followed by a concert @ 8.30 pm with Seán Gavin, Noreen Gavin O'Sullivan and Frankie Gavin.
November 2013 - "Métamorphisme" opened on Thursday 7th November 2013 at 19.00 h in the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast and and ran until 1 December. See more at: http://www.culturlann.ie/event.php?e=182&lang=en#sthash.fHLUjNAb.dpuf
September 2013 - "Hidden Agendas", a solo exhibition of new work at Clifden Arts Festival, Co. Galway.
November 2012 - "Arts de Novembre" in Yerville, Normandy, I had 8 paintings in a group show. During the vernissage, I was made an honorary citizen of Yerville by the mayor, M. Alfred Trassy-Paillogues. See http://www.yerville.fr/2012/11/vernissage-de-lexposition-des-arts-de-novembre/