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.
- 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.
**** “15th Annual Abstraction Juried International Art Exhibition” Upstream Gallery, Omaha (3 special recognition awards)
Paul McCloskey of Gorey, County Wexford, Ireland, presents several (5) strong oil paintings. Of particular note is "Awakenings Reloaded Blue Gold" (special recognition award) wherein the contrast of open space with a concentration of painterly quality is visually delicious. This effect is also powerful in "Awakenings Reloaded with Violet"(special recognition award). Moreover, his three-dimensional work "The Omega (Awakenings 3D) Violet"(special recognition award) is quite rich. Juror - Laurence Bradshaw, Curator, Professor of Art and Art history at the University of Nebraska.
**** ARTslant –2013 - 8th international visual art Showcase winner. (Juried – Wendi Norris Gallery (Director), San Francisco – Charlie Hood – Co-Director – Beach, London)
**** Four Points Contemporary, International visual art award – (juried - Mark Roden and Joana Esteves ) (JoMar Visions) (2nd place) (’13)
"Awakening Landscape Spring"
Oil on Canvas
61" X 61"
Paul McCloskey combines a very spatial atmosphere combined with a minimal use of warm colour, offset by the cooler overall palette.
The form and perspective of the piece is very daring with its tilt and gives the feeling of falling into the piece. McCloskey combines a heavy mechanical or metallic patina of the foreground shape with the background which is open and atmospheric which contradicts on one level but becomes congruent on another.
Mark Roden and Joana Esteves, founders of JOMAR VISIONS, Houston Tx, USA.
**** Light Space & Time (landscape) international visual art competition (special recognition award for outstanding painting) (’13)
**** The elements” AIR" World Arts international visual art award (1st place) (’13)
**** Shortlisted for the Igllloo international visual art award (’13)
**** Palm international Visual art award nominee (’13)
**** Fawn Review –international visual art competition (1st place) (’13)
**** Monaghan County Council, percent for art scheme. (’13)
**** Wexford Arts Centre/Lions Club, award winner for painting. (’98)