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  • United Kingdom
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College / University
Emerson college, UK
Program / Degree
School of sculpture
June 14, 2004
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If you're an artist, what kind of art do you make?
I am...
Irish ,Born in Co. Galway, in 1970.
Now living in Rhiw, on the Llyn peninsula, North Wales.Uk

I began sculpting in bog oak in 1989 and I have exhibited this work in Ireland, Germany and Czech Republic, and the UK.
I turned away from working in bog oak in 2002, as I was keen to open up new possibilities, and so began a three year Sculpture course at Emerson College. It was here I began working in clay; I could explore my own unique forms, with no restrictions.
I try to create forms that makes a bridge between abstract and figurative works.
My Forms are explored in clay, and when finally achieved, I make a mold, so I cast
them into various materials, for instance-plaster, resin or bronze.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- C.V
Art  Education:
1989 - 1992 Diploma in Art & Design, Sligo R.T.C, Ireland
2002- 2005 Diploma in Sculpture . Emerson College, East Sussex
Certificate in Pedagogical [educational] Sculpture

Exhibitions: 1992 - 1994 Exhibitions of Bog Oak Sculpture
"Past Moons" Galway
"Love for Oak" Galway
"Transpersonal" Killarney
"Durrow Castle" Laois
"Arts Festival" Sligo
1995 "Galerie Karolinum " Czech Republic
"Galerie Berlin " East Berlin
Exhibitions: 2007 March Group Show at Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw , N.Wales
-2008, -Landscape Art- The Earthouse.
2009, commission, . by Lord Mervyn Davies, Sculpture ”mother”
2nd edition created (donation) for Plas glyn y Weddw.
2009, : Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw , N.Wales.
. Limehouse gallery, London
. Oriel pendeitsh, caernafon, N.Wales.
2010 . Oriel Clwyd theatre, Cymru, Mold, Conwy, N.Wales.
. Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw , N.Wales.
2011. Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw , N.Wales.
2012 , Plas Glyn y Weddw. (gallery artist,work is always on exhibit) 2011-2012, Neo Bankside , public commission ' a family in residence' ( opposite Tate modern 2)
About my artwork
My artworks are mainly figurative works, but are non- representative, and therefore they have an abstract quality to there form.
I explore universal themes, that everyone can relate to, often inspired by the human beings mysterious experiences, and our relationships to one another. And also figures, poised in the act of contemplation, expressing the secret inner reality of the unique Human being.
Some of my works are developed, with the intention to enlarge them into monumental works, so the viewer can interact and sit on the work. These larger work are created to be receptive to the viewers presence. They have spaces that invite the viewer to sit on the work and become part of the work, I wish to evoke inner experiences within the viewer, where the Soul becomes calm, gentle and spacious.
My intention is try to bring the viewer closer to our Human experience of beauty, grace, dignity, imagination, Soul and Spirit.

The forms will often arise in the depth of the unconscious, and I only really experience it when I finished creating it. Therefore, I feel it comes from an impersonal source, and through the process of creating, it becomes a personal work. Practiced with care and imagination, creativity is what gives me vitality and hope, a meaning to my own existence.
I feel it is the most important thing I can do in life, because it is a completely free act that I can perform alone. Nothing compels me to create art; only because I choose to, as a free decision, a free creative deed.
Moreover, because it changes me each time I create, because I begin anew.
It allows me to intuit what is not yet and thereby begins to give birth, to a new form. This is where I can most fully become myself, and it leads me out of my ordinary everyday self and allows me to begin to experience the universal aspect, of whom I am: my attention, in my thinking, feeling and willing. And it allows me to make my invisible thoughts and feelings– visible in their outer form.
Artists I like
Brancusi, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Alberto Giacometti, , Ernst Barlach, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Beuys, Hans Arp, Picasso, Isamu Noguchi, Andy goldworthy, David Nash,
William Blake, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Braque, Picasso, Marc Chagall, Bonnard, Klee, Miro, Kandinsky.
Cecil Collins.
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
David Nash, at Yorkshire sculpture park.
Centre of the artworld:
nowhere and everywhere

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