About / CV


Behind the Container Yards – oil on canvas – 80x60cm

My urban landscapes attempt to capture pastoral like atmospheres of the city. Some paintings are inspired by the effects that a medium may have on our lives, often represented by the effects of transport on the built environment.


Sut One, 1987


I began painting graffiti in 1993 after finding a piece by “Sut One” in my neighbourhood. I painted consistently for five years before taking a break, after which I attempted to maintain an outsiders perspective. Consequently, exploring style and structure felt a lot more liberating.

Painting graffiti is similar to playing improvised music. The process is part of the product. Graffiti’s great elements include exploring the city and painting with others.
My letter based graffiti was influenced by everything around me including contemporary architecture, Georgian railings, cubism, telephone wires and marine life.


Bird Embryo

Most of my recent spray-paint work is no longer letter based and is largely inspired by diagrams.


Bag Roll – Camcorder Still

These photographic images feature random places and everyday activities.
They are captured with low cost camcorders, mobile phones and digital cameras.


Burnt Out Car – drawing – A4

Some drawings represent how an object is used beyond its intended design. And how glossy advertisement differs from reality. In the example above, a car is not designed or advertised to be stolen, rallied and burnt out. These drawings also attempt to display rough organic effects of nature on digtially designed mechanical objects.

2019 The Space Between – With James Kirwan, Dublin.
2020 Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin.


2015 Residency Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo.
2014 Artist in Residence, Mabos, Dublin.
2013 Albert Cottages Artist Residency, DCC, Dublin.
2012 Artist in Residence, Draíocht, Dublin.
2010 Per Cent for Arts Scheme, Tralee, Co.Kerry.


Solo Exhibitions

2018 “Under The Sun”, Red Stables, Dublin.
2015 “In Progress”, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
2012 “Transient”, Draíocht, Dublin.
2009 “Pastoral City”, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Dublin.
2007 The loft Gallery, Dublin.


Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects
2019In Response – Two Birds Gallery, Seville, Spain.
2018 – 2012 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2018 – 2008 All City Jam, Graffiti & Street Art Festival, Dublin.
2018 “Drawing Dalymount”, Dublin.
2018 Russborough House Art Fair, Co. Wicklow.
2017 Vermeer, “Inspiration and Rivalry”, Mural, National Gallery of Ireland.
2016 – 2009 Jonathan Swift Gallery, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny.
2015 RUA Annual Exhibition, Belfast.
2016 – 2009 Jonathan Swift Gallery, Wexford Opera Festival, Wexford.

2014 “End of the Line”, Mabos, Dublin.
2013 With Abigail Smith, Culture Night, The Lab, Dublin.
2013 “A language Manycoloured”, Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin.
2012/11 Jonathan Swift Gallery, Belfast.
2012/11 anewpace, Dublin.
2011 “Roadworks”, Dublin Contemporary, Dublin.
2011 VUE Contemporary Art Fair, (Talbot Gallery), RHA, Dublin.
2011 “Gurriers”, Block T, Smithfield, Dublin.
2011 – 1997 “Bridge of Piece”, Graffiti Festival, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
2011/10/09 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow.

2010 Yi Gallery, “Irish Wave”, Beijing, China.
2010 – 2008 RHA annual exhibition, Dublin.
2010 “A world of possibilities”, EU house, Dublin.
2010 “Show Off”, OFFSET, Dublin.
2010 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo.

2009 “RHA After Dark”, RHA, Dublin.
2009 EV+A Annual Exhibition, Limerick.
2009 Monster Truck Gallery, “Town and Country”, Dublin.
2007 Duo Exhibition with Maser, Filmbase, Dublin.
2007/2005 Meeting of Styles, Wiesbaden, Germany.
2006 “Burquitlim”, Vancouver, Canada.

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