Padraig McCaul

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Padraig McCaul

Padraig McCaul

Born in Dublin 1963, Padraig is a self taught artist. His paintings explore the rich landscapes and coastlines of the west of Ireland and can be found in many private collections throughout Ireland, England and America.

‘’Like many artists before me that have been held spellbound by the beauty of the west of Ireland, I believe there is a special energy deeply rooted in the landscape of the west. It is that which I aim to capture in my paintings.

My paintings are inspired and influenced by the Irish landscape paintings of Paul Henry and John Luke, as well as contemporary artists such as Donald Teskey. A love of strong, vibrant colours has been inspired by artists such as Norah McGuiness and French artist Claude Idlas.

There is a simple beauty in the silent, stone farmhouses that are found along the west coast of Ireland. The peeling whitewash, the cracked walls, give these old buildings each their own character, while the twin chimneys, one at each gable end, give them their unique, distinctive look.

They have become part of the fabric of the countryside, in tune with the land they rest on, sympathetic to their surroundings. And that is how I try to capture them, as another element of the landscape alongside the changing skies, the rolling fields and bogs, the mountains and the seas.

But there is a sadness and a loneliness about them too.

These old houses have borne witness to over 100 years of Irish emigration. Like Sentinels standing guard, they look out to sea, watching yet another generation of Irish men, women and children emigrate in search of work and a better life. Waiting quietly for their return.

Solo exhibitions

Sentinels – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2011

COAST – Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin, 2010

Landscapes – The Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford 2010

The Light Of Which I Speak, The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin 2009

Living Colours, Cork and Kerry, The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Co.Cork 2007

From Clare to Here. Lahinch Art Gallery, Lahinch,Co.Clare 2007

The West of Ireland - Land, Sea and Sky, The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Cork 2006

The Blue Loft Gallery, Dublin 2007 (2 person show with Axel Rothoux)

Selected group shows

Wexford FRINGE, Whites Hotel 2009, 2010
Fine Art Ireland, Belfast, 2009, 2010

Red Rag Gallery, Gloucestershire, UK 2008 - 2011

The Blue Loft Gallery, Dublin 2007, 2008, 2009

The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin 2007, 2008, 2009

Lahinch Art Gallery, Co.Clare, 2008, 2009, 2010

Clifden Art Gallery, Connemara, 2009, 2010

Dalkey Arts Gallery, Dublin 2008

ScotlandArt.com, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2007,2008

The Hungry Hill Gallery, Cork, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Christmas Group Show, Munster Fine Art gallery, 2006, 2007

Spring/Summer Show, Western Light Art Gallery, Keel, Achill, Co. Mayo, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Summer Show, OSB Gallery, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow 2005

Art on the Green, Stephen’s Green , Dublin

Collections

Embassy of Cyprus, Washington, USA

Embassy of France, Dublin, Ireland

private collections – Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, USA.

Media

RTE Nationwide, 2010 – Featured artist on Irish national TV show

The Dubliner Magazine, 2011 – Review of solo exhibition “Sentinels”

artist residencies

Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill – 2007

Exhibitions include:

2006 West of Ireland – Land, Sea and Sky,

The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Cork

2006 Art Ireland, RDS, Dublin

2006 Christmas Group Show, The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin

2006 Christmas Group Show, Munster Fine Art Gallery

2006 Spring/Summer Show, Western Light Art Gallery, Keel, Mayo

2005 Spring/Summer Show, Western Light Art Gallery, Keel, Mayo

2005 Art Ireland, RDS, Dublin

2005 Summer Show, OSB Gallery, Enniskerry, Wicklow

2004 Art Ireland, RDS, Dublin

2004 Art in the Green, Dublin

Collections:

Embassy of Cyprus - Washington, USA

Private collection - Ireland, England, France, Canada, USA

Artist Redidencies:

Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill - 2007

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