Ciaran shows off his new work at exhibition in Limerick
Dundalk-born artist Ciarán O'Sullivan showed new work in an exhibition entitled Through My Eyes in Limerick's Gallery Interlude, which opened on Friday (9th).
A past-pupil of the Marist, Ciarán studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Limerick School of Art and Design.
Ciarán taught in The Marist for a number of years before moving back down to Limerick where he currently teaches art in Scoil Mhuire agus Ide in Newcastle West.
'I have been a portrait artist for over 20 years,' says Ciarán. 'The subject matter for my paintings are my family, friends, work colleagues and myself. They are painted in a very expressive manner whereby I combine techniques such as dripping paint, splats and blobs of paint, scraping, scratching as well as more conventional painting methods, in a complex layering process.
'I also work with various transparencies and glazes, drying at different rates to achieve a contrast of textures. More recently, I began isolating areas of canvas to build up the layers, while leaving other areas entirely blank - the untouched canvas becoming part of the finished piece.'
Ciarán has exhibited nationally and Internationally in both group and solo show, including 'Hope in the Dark', New York, USA. 'RomArt' International Biennial of Art and Culture of Rome and the R.H.A.'s Annual Exhibition in Dublin.
He has also twice exhibited at the Basement Gallery of An Táin Arts Centre.
He is represented in private and public collections, including the Louth Municipal Collection, the Law Library Collection, and had a piece acquired by the Contemporary Irish Arts Society which was presented to the Butler Gallery Permanent Collection, Kilkenny.
He joined Contact Studios in 1998, working and exhibiting with the group since then.