Niall McCormack ~ Crux ~ oil on canvas ~ 40 x 30 inches
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.
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
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2008 RHA 177th Annual Exhibition, Ely Place, Dublin.
2006 Group Exhibition, Woburn Gallery, Euston, London.
1999 Diorama Artists Group show, Diorama Art Gallery, London.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, Dublin.
Birkbeck College, University of London.
Westport Town Council
The Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, Robert O'Byrne, 2010
the molesworth gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, Ireland