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Niall McCormack

McCormack

Niall McCormack ~ Crux ~ oil on canvas ~ 40 x 30 inches

 

McCormack

Niall McCormack ~ Housing Unit, 2008 ~ oil on canvas ~ 12 x 16 inches

 

 

Niall McCormack's meticulously rendered-structures evoke a sense of disquiet and foreboding with their faceless uniformity. His work speaks of isolation and the contradictions of living together but being apart - a house not as the clichéd home but rather as an instrument of separation or of incarceration. The long, hard shadows cast hint at the melancholic urban landscapes of de Chirico or Sironi, and the only warmth found in the otherwise cool palette is in the ironic pastel shades that adorn the walls of the buildings - hues that aspire to a received perception of ‘niceness’ but are all the more jarring and unsettling for the apparent disingenuousness of that intention.
Writing in 'The Dictionary of Living Irish Artists' Robert O'Byrne said of McCormack's work that the artist's "personal experience of spending much of his childhood and teen years in institutions run by the Roman Catholic Church have also, he believes, played an important part in developing his artistic style".

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012 New work, The Molesworth Gallery

2011 The Linen Hall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

2010 Inside out, The Molesworth Gallery

2008 Pastel Gothic, The Molesworth Gallery
2005 Custom House Studios Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo
2002 Custom House Studios Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo
1998 Solo show, Diorama Art Gallery, London.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008 RHA 177th Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin.
2007 RHA 177th Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin.
2007 Winter Show, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin.

2006 Group Exhibition, Woburn Gallery, Euston, London.
2002 Washburn Art Building, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.
2002 "Altered Perspective" The Millennium Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
2000 TraninArt 2000 Exhibition, Trani, Italy

1999 Diorama Artists Group show, Diorama Art Gallery, London.
1999 Christmas Show, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.
1998 Group Show - 'New Still Life' Jo Rain Gallery, Dublin.
1998 Deaf Arts Now! Exhibition, Stockholm, Sweden.
1997 Multimedia project - CD ROM production by five deaf artists at the Photographers' Gallery, London.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
studied Fine Art - Painting: BA (Hons) in Fine Art (2.1)

Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, Dublin.
studied Art and Design Foundation Course.
Certificate in Visual Education.

Birkbeck College, University of London.
Diploma in Arts Management

COLLECTIONS

Westport Town Council
Mayo County Council
University of Limerick
Gallaudet University, Washington DC, USA
See Hear, BBC, London, England
Numerous Private Collections both at home and abroad.

PUBLICATIONS

The Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, Robert O'Byrne, 2010

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