NEWS: The pandemic of Covid 19 has closed all galleries and so many of the group shows that I was to take part in have been postponed. I am keeping busy isolated in the studio, which, like many other artists, is business as usual. So no great change there. The Zurich Portrait Prize exhibition, where I was showing the portrait entitled Tania Persichini Sewing, (see below) had moved to the Crawford Gallery in Cork but is now closed. To view the 26 entries, follow the link https://www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofIreland/posts/10162295944125048?__tn__=-R
I am working towards my next solo exhibition, which will be in the Séamus Ennis Centre in The Naul, County Dublin in April 2021. Left are two photos, one of me in my studio working directly from a shelf that I made and the finished painting, When we Were Kids we called Pomegranates Wine Apples and Ate them at Hallowe'en. It is one of a series of trompe l'oeils that I will have on show.
My last solo exhibition, called The Secular Icons, which was shown in Axis, Ballymun for the month of November 2017 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. See the full content in the Exhibitions page.