Kevin graduated from NCAD with an MFA in 2012. Solo shows include the forthcoming "Twilight Head Cult" at Ormston House, Limerick, "Wave", Pallas Projects, 2014, "Dog Island Tales", Talbot Gallery, 2014, Nag Gallery, 2010, "Timeline", Queen Street Gallery Belfast 2010, and Mermaid Arts Centre, 2009. Selected group shows include "What Is and What Might Be", Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, 2015, "Making Familiar", Temple Bar Gallery, 2012, "Horizon Sprawl" Ormston House, 2012, and "Video Killed the Radio Star", RHA, 2010. He also recently participated in Context Art Fair, New York 2016.
Kevin Mooney's parents were part of the mass exodus from Ireland in the 1950s, returning decades later. This background of emigration, and his early experiences as a UK born Irish person growing up in Ireland, has informed his painting practice. As a child, he was partly excluded from a "real" Irish identity as a result of this family history. This allowed him to develop an "outsider" understanding of Irishness.
Rooted in mythology and a semi-fictitious Irish art history, his practice is culturally specific. A key influence has been part of the last generation to experience a living oral tradition. This has been crucial in developing his work, which can be read as the abstraction of Irish folklore as seen through a contemporary lens.
His paintings, sometimes made with rough heavy canvas, or with surfaces bearing layers of varnish, play with the notion of history. Contemporary vocabularies of paint find their way onto the canvas alongside a prehistoric symbolism and a medieval flatness, creating a compression of time.
With vocabularies of paint encompassing prehistoric, medieval and contemporary periods, the work can be read as a memory that maps, retraces, and re-imagines cultural history as an active interplay between loss and renewal.