NEWS: I have been shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize along with 25 other artists. The shortlisted works will be shown in the National Gallery of Ireland and in 2020 the Crawford Gallery in Cork. The winner will be announced in October. To view the 26 entries, follow the link https://www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofIreland/posts/10162295944125048?__tn__=-R
I have had a lot of success with large group shows this summer. I am currently showing my painting entitled The Future of Painting at the summer exhibition in Ennistymon courthouse http://thecourthousegallery.com/.
This summer I went to my studio and began a long promised to learn watercolours. I wanted to develop them as finished works and not just as preparatory sketches. Here is one result.
BELOW LEFT: Knocked over with a Feather, watercolour on paper, 40x29 cm, 2019
My last solo exhibition, called The Secular Icons, which was shown in Axis, Ballymun for the month of November 2017 and was very successful, both commercially and critically. Most of all it was very popular with the local people of Ballymun who had very nice comments to make. Follow the links below to read reviews. Professor Gary Granville wrote this review published in CIRCA, https://circaartmagazine.net/gary-granville-paul-maccormaic/ and this one appeared in the DUBLIN INQUIRER www.dublininquirer.com/2017/11/14/a-ballymun-exhibit-frames-the-profane-with-the-sacred/
The exhibition consisted of nineteen small-scale icons that have the same subject matter as Byzantine and Renaissance icons but with contemporary themes. Religious icons gave worshippers the template of how to live, the ideal family and how to behave etc. In modern times, ethical decisions are often influenced by advertising and the mass media. The exhibition took an often humorous look at body image, buying free range and raising a family in contemporary Ireland.
Left: Madonna and Child
Centre: The Wholefood Family Oil on board, 30x25 cm.
Right: The picker of Low-Hanging Fruit, 32x25cm, oil on board