Paul McCloskey was born in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and is now living and working in Gorey Co. Wexford. Paul attended the National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D) Dublin from 1981 and graduated in 1986. Paul also attended De Montfort University UK and was awarded a Masters Degree in Fine art painting (MFA) in 2010. Paul is a professional member of ‘visual artists Ireland’.
Latest works - The Alpha and the Omega
My most recent paintings ‘The Omega (awakenings 3d)’ builds on my previous series ‘Awakenings (The Alpha)’ and ‘Awakenings Reloaded’ this is the third in the trilogy of the awakenings theme. They consist of a number of 15 cubes, 10 of which are wall mounted and 5 of which are suspended at varying heights from the ceiling, allowing the viewer a full 360 degree view of the works, also inspired by the landscape, what we perceive as everyday and perhaps ordinary, the places we merely glance at without allowing ourselves to get lost in the breathtaking creation and beauty that surrounds us. This visual influence is determined by the surrounding landscape of my environment, but its intention is primarily as a catalyst in expressing divinity and is therefore secondary to this expression, the primary purpose being process, allowing and presence. Also the cubes question and challenge the staple of painting being confined to the two dimensional surface, pushing the boundaries into the third dimension. The cubes suggesting the dichotomy of spirit, being all things in all directions at once and is also a more literal translation of the work of post impressionist painter Cezanne and the subsequent Cubist movement, however the painted surfaces of my work has more in common with the Romantic philosophy , in particular that of Turner.
The varied and stunning Irish landscape, coupled with our unsettled weather and therefore often fleeting and mottled light, inspires me greatly. Often a view will change or an area will be illuminated by a simple break in the clouds, highlighting as if a shimmering treasure or jewel, a corner of a field, the side of some rocky cliff or the dynamic sweeping curves of a valley reminding us that we are an integral part of and connected to a whole. Effectively, this encourages us to see and, most importantly, feel its beauty and spirit and therefore reconnect to this vital part of us.
In areas, sky and earth are as one, evoking the sense of personal growth, the sense of awakening to the beauty, divinity and perfection, to the divine order within all things. This suggestion of heaven and earth in constant struggle, merging yet separable, solid yet amorphous all suggest the multidimensional nature of the spiritual, the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega, the struggle within, between the conditioned self and the divine/spiritual self.
Paul has work in the following collections;
- Monaghan County Council, art collection.
- Wexford County Council, art collection.
- Smurfit Collection
- Irish Bank of Commerce
- Monaghan VEC
- Kavanagh Heritage Centre, Monaghan
- Connemara design centre
- Education centre, Dublin
- "Comhairle Bhaile Cheanntair" (Public works) Civic Centre, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
- As well as numerous private collections throughout the country.
- 2015 – LONDON CALLING 015 - 22nd - 25th October -one of thirty international artists selected to exhibit at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank London this October. Selected jointly by 'LONDON CALLING 015' and 'ART NOW/ARTISTS FAIR LONDON'.
- 2015 – August - VENEZIA ’15 Grand’ Art, Gallery of the Art Centre San Vidal - Scoletta San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy.
- 2015 – July – ‘The Omega 3d’ (Solo show) The Alley Theatre/Arts Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone
- 2014 – September, ‘Little Kingdoms’, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.
- 'Enniskillen Visual Arts Open' international exhibition, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre,Co. Fremanagh. 11th September 2014 - 11th October 2014.
- 'Signal Open' Exhibition, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co.Wicklow - 6th - 17th August 2014.
- 2013 - November 9th - '3rd Splash Art Festival' Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios, Dublin(Invited Artist)
- 2013 – September 19th – 23rd October – ‘Ireland in our eyes’, London Irish Centre, Camden Sq, London.
- 2013 – “Clouds” – August (2013) - Centro Storico /The Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy.
- 2013 – July 25th - Sept' 10th - 2013 - ‘The Story of the Creative’, (invited artist) See | Exhibition space, 26-19 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 New York.
- 2013 – ‘Awakenings Reloaded’ - Market House Arts Centre, Monaghan Town. (Arts Council Ireland and Monaghan Co. Council) (Solo show)
- 2011/12/13 - Mealy's/SCOOP Contemporary art exhibition.
- 2012 - 'All sorts' - Sweetshop Gallery of contemporary art, Rosslare, Wexford - Invited Artist.
- 2011 - 'Splash' - Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios, Dublin - Open submission.
- 2011 – 'Harvest' – Hive Gallery and Studios – Waterford – Open Submission.
- 2011 – 'Pink Pink Pink' - Mad Art gallery and Studios-Dublin- Open submission.
- 2011 – 'Masters Exhibition' - De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. (Solo show)
- 2009 - Gallery Show – Henry Gilmore Gallery - Belfast.
- 2007 - ’08 - Group Show - Art Upstairs - Rosslare.
- 2006 - ‘07 - Salon Exhibition - Montserrat Gallery of Contemporary Art - New York.
- 2006 - "Awakenings (The Alpha)" - Art upstairs Gallery - Wexford festival opera (Solo Show)
- 2006 - " Summer group show - Clifden art gallery Galway
- 2005 - " Christmas Show" - OS/B Gallery Enniskerry
- 2005 - “Summer group show” - OS/B Gallery Enniskerry
- 2005 - “Summer show” - Kennedy Gallery Dublin
- 2004 - "Eigse - Carlow arts festival - open selection.
- 2003 - "East meets West" Invited artist Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan.
- 2002 - "Eigse - Carlow arts festival" - Open selection.
- 2001 - "Wexford Opera Festival" - Wexford Arts Centre (Invited Artist) (2 person show).
- 2001 - "Group Show" - Taylor Gallery Belfast.
- 2001 - "Scenes before the eye" Agora Gallery (2 person show) Broadway, Manhattan, New York.
- 2000 - "Comhairle Bhaile Cheanntair" (solo show)(Public works) Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.
- 2000 - "CELTIC CONNECTIONS" - (The Arts Council Ireland.) (A Welsh/ Irish exchange exhibition of four short listed artists) Fishguard Wales.
- 1999 - "Gorey Summer Fair" (Solo Exhibition)
- 1998 - "Award winners exhibition" (Wexford arts centre, sponsored by Lions club and Arts Council Ireland.) (Solo Show)
- 1997 - 2000 - “Lions Club exhibition “(Arts Centre Wexford)
- 1997 - “Group show” (Watch house Gallery Enniscorthy)
- 1996 - "Opera festival show” Wexford Arts Centre- Solo Exhibition-(Sponsored by Guinness Ireland and The Arts council Ireland)
- 1995 - "Christmas show" (2 man show)(Woodland arts and crafts gallery Gorey)
- 1995 - 2005 - "Wexford showcase" (Arts centre Wexford)
- 1995 - "Art with a view" (Wexford Co. Council. A short listed exhibition of six artists)
- 1994 - "Monaghan Artists" (Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan)
- 1994 - "Lough Derg" (Kavanagh heritage centre Monaghan) Permanent collection.
Art Reveal Magazine no.8 feature/ Interview – 2015
‘TONDO’ The Divine Between Heaven And Earth – Lisa Mikulski -2015
The State of Art – 3d and Installation - Edited by Andy Laffan, Chris Hodson and Robin Laffan. – 2015
Arts Illustrated, Interview – 2015
LandEscape, Interview - March 2014 (Special Issue)
The State of Art - Landscape & Portrait - Edited by Andy Laffan, Chris Hodson and Robin Laffan. – 2014
Exhibeo Visual Art Magazine – “ Let There Be Light” – The Transcendent Art of Paul McCloskey – J.E. Raddatz - 2014
Creative Quarterly – The Journal of Art and Design no 34&35 - New York – 2014
Re<>Dux Visual Arts Magazine – Autumn -2014
DONTPOSTME # 9 Visual Arts Magazine(Summer Issue)– Alima Kumukova – 2014
Ireland of The Welcomes – vol 63 No 2 March/April 2014
Unblugged - Interview by Michele Andree Lemieux – 2014
GALACTIC LANDSCAPES – Fawn Review - Siobhan Fenton, editor. – 2013
Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine issue 18 – Divine by Maia Sylba. – 2011
Gallery and Studio Visual Art Magazine – Paul McCloskey A Visual Artist In The Irish Poetic Tradition (New York.Vol.10-No.2)Review by Maureen Flynn (Art Critic) – 2008