Among School Children

“And Thereupon My Heart Is Driven Wild”

The new painting for the exhibition ‘Among School Children’
It is based on the Yeat’s poem of the same name, to be held in the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. Date to be confirmed.

Tread Softly

I was delighted to be invited by Seán Golden to participate in the Landscape section of the Tread Softly Festival. See the attached link where you can find more details and download the brochure.

The Bare hazel ‘Maugherow, a much wilder place’ – WBY, The Celtic Twilight Music and song, written word and spoken, images captured by neighbours of Maugherow and environs responding to the landand sea- and skyscapes that shape the community. Surf and stone. Sun and storm. Fossil and fort. Archaeology and folklore. Flock and herd. Wetland and pasture. Big house and cottage. Overflights of geese half the year. A bespoke multimedia happening in Ellen’s Pub for Tread Softly

The painting below is the one that was displayed on the night.

Cloonagh III

On Land and Water

Artist Statement for ‘On Land and Water’

The subject matter of my work for anyone that knows it, is more or less consistent with what I started painting more than twenty years ago.
The paintings for ‘On Land and Water’ are derived from the constant feeling of being drawn back to the landscape of my surroundings in Sligo that continually compels me to reinterpret this subject.
I spend a lot of my time observing, while fly fishing from the boat on the lakes and sometimes the anticipation of the hatch can be the magical moment, where time stands still and you are helplessly spellbound by the beauty of nature.
Observing the landscape is a continuous wonderful experience, where images are constantly recorded and the notion of the feeling, or essence of the landscape, rather than just the visual are conjured up from the familiar. The paintings evolve from layering, scraping, removing and reworking until the image reveals itself and is accepted as the resolution of the preconceived. I continue to interpret the land and water around me and can never expect to be finished.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Paddy Creaven, founder of Cregal Art Galway.

Cloonagh III 60 x 50 cm
Water Marks I 50 x 40 cm
Low Clouds Cloonagh I 40 x 30 cm
Coastal Lowlands I 150 x 100 cm
Cloonagh I 40 x 30 cm
Water Marks II 75 x 50 cm
Resting Bog VI 46 x 36 cm
Cloonagh II 40 x 30 cm
Night Pool III 75 x 50 cm
Low Clouds Cloonagh II 35 x 25 cm
Coastal Lowlands III 100 x 75 cm
Bog Pool VIII 50 x 40 cm
Coastal Lowlands II 150 x 100 cm
Winter Shoreline V 35 x 30 cm
Winter Shoreline IV 30 x 25 cm
Bog Pool VII 30 x 25 cm
Winter Shoreline III 30 x 25 cm
Winter Shoreline II 45 x 40 cm
Water Marks IV 40 x 20 cm
Bog Pool IX 40 x 30 cm
Water Marks III 30 x 25 cm

‘On Land and Water’ New Solo Exhibition Confirmed

I have just confirmed a new solo show titled ‘On Land and Water’ to take place in Gallery Zozimus, Dublin.
The show will be in May 2019.
I will publish the exact dates closer to the time.
This will be the first solo show since the new studio was completed and I am greatly looking forward to displaying my new work!


Sample of the work which will be on show.

Cloonagh I
Winter Shore II

Friends of Aengus Charity Auction

I was recently asked to donate a painting to the Friends of Aengus Charity Auction. I had no hesitation offering a painting for this auction, as Aengus deserves all the support he can get. Please look at the links below and support the fundraiser in any way you can. It takes place this Friday 7th December in The Corner House Bar in Riverstown, Sligo.

Spring Bogpool by Paul Colreavy
Spring Bogpool

Check the following links for more details: