“Bubblegum Geisha” by R

March 18, 2015

It’s not often in the creation of an original work of art that I take on the role of the muse, normally I’m looking for the spirit of the muse to move through me to help with the “old making stuff lark”. That being said, I’m delighted that R have been inspired enough by my work to craft this wonderful song.

“Bubblegum Geisha”, 2009 – Paper collage and gold leaf on Canson Montval 300gm watercolour paper, 24 x 20 inches (unavailable)

“Bubblegum Geisha” – Paper collage and gold leaf on watercolour paper

R’s “Bubblegum Geisha” is a follow-up to their incredible/uplifting/powerful breakthrough single “Change”.

Best of luck with it and all of your other projects lads!

– facebook.com/Rmusicpage

– twitter.com/WeareRmusic


“John Shinnors, phenomenology and two stories about fish”

February 22, 2015

I delivered this talk at the Limerick School of Art and Design’sACADemy” research day “Making it” on 10/Feb/2015.

Irish Arts Review Autumn 2013 Edition Feature

January 5, 2014

I was delighted to be part of a feature in the Autumn edition of the Irish Arts Review which focused on the six Irish artists who took part in the 2013 BP portrait award.

My sincere thanks to John and Susan at the Irish Arts Review.

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Founded in 1984, the Irish Arts Review is dedicated to promoting the work of Irish artists and to celebrating Ireland’s unique visual heritage to its 40,000 readers worldwide. The Irish Arts Review is published four times a year, and each edition includes beautifully illustrated articles written by experts on Irish painting, sculpture, craft, photography, architecture and design, alongside exclusive interviews with artists, exhibition previews, curators’ choices, opinion pieces and a quarterly diary of events, auctions and exhibitions around the country.

BP Portrait Award 2013 – Pivotal moments

June 20, 2013

I remember that back when studying art in Limerick, we would all get terribly excited if we had a visiting lecturer who had exhibited work in London. London held this mystique, it was a place of culture and wonder, and to exhibit there was, in our eyes, the pinnacle of an artists career. Well I’ve hit many personal milestones through luck, fortune, coincidence and chance up to this point in my “career”, there’s also been a small percentage of skill and hard work involved too, but luck, fortune, coincidence and chance are the major players in a life’s motions, and I’ve achieved another personal goal through a combination of all of these elements.

I’ve finally achieved what these people who I aspired to be like have, I’m finally exhibiting in London, and in a pretty big exhibition too. The BP Portrait Award is pretty much the pinnacle of achievement for many artists, and quite an aspiration for many, many more. I was fortunate enough to have my portrait, “Diana, becoming”, a portrait of a very good friend of mine, chosen for the final 55 from a shortlist of almost 2000 paintings.

What struck me about the exhibition, after the sheer strength of the work, which is superb this year by the way, was the humility and kindness of my contemporaries. I was awed by these traits, and wonder are they innate to the particular human condition of the artist, or a product of the archaic process we employ, the sitters we choose to study, or the love of people we all share.

I’d like to thank sincerely Sandy Nairne and all of the judges for this opportunity and allowing me through exhibiting to achieve a personal goal.


With Agnes Toth at the BP Portrait Award 2013 private view

Painting today

July 30, 2011

So I’m currently having a war of attrition with some half-started paintings. Here are some artists who are pushing the art form forward whilst I’m stalling…

Alex Kanevsky

Nicholas Samorì

Adrian Ghenie

Nancy Grossman

(Honourable mention as she’s not a painter, but a proper multi-disciplinary artist)

Tomokazu Matsuyama

March 13, 2011

I just came across the work of Tomokazu Matsuyama, and it really resonated with me. I really think that he’s at the forefront of painting at the moment.

Cambridge Drawing Society Carter Jonas Prize 2010

October 26, 2010

I’m exhibiting alongside the members of the Cambridge Drawing Society as part of their Autumn 2010 exhibition this week. The venue is the Old Gym at the Leys School in CB2 (which isn’t actually a gym – it’s an impressive Victorian hall that used to be the Art School). The exhibition continues from 24th – 30th October and is open every day from 10 am – 4 pm.

I’m also very pleased to say that I won this years Carter Jonas prize for a young artist for my 2010 painting “Imploder”. My cohorts in the competition were really, really top notch artists so I was doubly pleased to win it.

“Imploder” – Oil on board, 20 x 24 inches