Approved: 04.06.2014

Allyson Keehan

Artist

Archived
Approved: 04.06.2014

My main body of work is painting drapery and light installation. Recently, I’ve started to leave areas of the canvas revealed, or blank. This I see as opening the canvases into the space. Areas of process and flatness are juxtaposed against the detailed painted surface. This is a means of exposing some of the truths behind the painting and encourages dialogue around representational painting

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Artist Statement

My main body of work is painting drapery and light installation. Recently, I’ve started to leave areas of the canvas revealed, or blank. This I see as opening the canvases into the space. Areas of process and flatness are juxtaposed against the detailed painted surface. This is a means of exposing some of the truths behind the painting and encourages dialogue around representational painting and technical process. I see the canvas as drapery in itself; with this in mind I’m using the materiality of canvas to reinforce my obsession with drapery. This is resulting in 3D paintings that have canvas draping from the supports or ripped from it. There is an ongoing energy in the work where the paint and materials are describing the fall and structure of drapery. As such there’s no over-arching theory in the work, but a dialogue happening within the painting about what it is and how it happened.

CV & Education

EDUCATION

PhD in Painting                               Glasgow School of Art 2015- 2018(expected)

Masters in Fine Art                          Byam Shaw College of Art, University of the Arts London, 2004

BA Hons Degree Fine Art (Painting) Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland, 2002  

Erasmus                                           Athens School of Art, Greece, 2001

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014         Further Complications of Hybrid Notions, Claremorris Gallery, Mayo

2012        Life Drawings, Draiocht, Dublin

              Shimmering Synthetic Appearances; I Want to Put You Back In, Queen Street Studios, Belfast

2011        Lookie Likie, Mimetic Protagonist, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

2010        Blue Studio Project Exhibition, Takt Gallery, Berlin

               Comparatively Peculiar, Alley Arts Centre, Tyrone, NI

2008        Appropriately Strange and Disciplined, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin

2006        Symptoms of Fetishism, Draíocht, Dublin

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

      

2015        RHA Annual  Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin 

                Lonely Planet, Luan Art Gallery, Athlone, Westmeath

2014        Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin

                Winter Open, Rua Red, Dublin 

                RHA Annual, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

                 Eigse Open, Visual Centre of Art, Carlow

2013        Still Life and Interiors, curator Bernadette Madden, Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin

                   RHA Annual, Invited Artist, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

2012        RHA Annual, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

                  Eigse Open Submission, Visual, Carlow

                  Positions, curator Dermot Browne, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork

2011       NEXT/Art Chicago, Chicago

                  Drawing Thursday, RHA Drawing Exhibition, Bourne Vincent Gallery, Limerick

2010       Christmas Show, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin

                  Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Roscommon

                  Dunamaise Open Submisson, selector Geraldine O Neill, Dunamaise Arts Centre Laois

                  RHA Annual, invited artist, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

                  Open Studios, Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin

2009       Dunamaise Open Submission, selector Martin Gale, Dunamaise Art Centre Laois

                  New Irish Art: Group Exhibition curator Aidan Dunne, Purdy Hicks Gallery London

2008       Christmas Salon, The Sycamore Gallery, Dublin

                 Kinsale Arts Week, Cork

                 Subjected Galway Arts Festival 

                 Eigse Annual, juried competition, Carlow

2007      Christmas Extravaganza Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin

                 Modern Exotics with Jack Donovan, Brian McMahon, John Collins… Limerick

2004      Currents:  travelling exhibition by the OPW Ireland

                 Gin or Tonic, Empire Gallery, London UK

  

RESIDENCIES/FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

2014 Cill Rialaig Artist Residency, IRE

2013 Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship, IRE

2012 Royal Hibernian Academy Residency, IRE

Visual Arts Bursary, Arts Council Ireland

  Merit Award, Golden Fleece Award

2010 Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, DE

Travel and Training Bursary, Arts Council Ireland

2008 Draíocht Art Centre, IRE

2002                      Runner-up Taylor Award

2001                      Runner-up Taylor Award

 

PUBLICATIONS & REVIEWS

Keehan, Life Drawings 2010 – 2012, 2013 Publication

Keehan, Blue Studio Project Berlin, 2010, Publication

 

Cristin Leach Hughes, Seeing is Believing, Sunday Times Culture, November, 2013

John Graham, Life Drawings Review, Critique, Visual Artists Ireland Newsheet, July, 2012

Aidan Dunne, Lookie Likie, Mimetic Protagonist, The Irish Times - Friday, March 25, 2011

Aidan Dunne, Contriving a Striking Absence on Canvas, The Irish Times, Wed 02 Feb 2008

Aidan Dunne, A Very Desirable Joint Venture, The Irish Times, Wed 09 Sep 2006

Shan Kelly, Objects of Desire, Artists and Illustrators, March 2011