about the art
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.
about the artist
Kevin graduated from NCAD with an MFA in 2012.
Apparition -Sternview Gallery, Cork - solo exhibition
EVA International (Contemporary Art biennial) Limerick- group exhibition with work selected by curator Inti Guerrero.
The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart - Mayfield Arts Centre, Cork - co-curation of group exhibition and organisation of a concurrent series of artists' talks.
Twilight Head Cult - Context Art Fair, New York at Ormston House, Limerick, solo show
What Is and What Might Be - Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda - selected group show
Wave - Pallas Projects - solo show
Dog Island Tales - Talbot Gallery - solo show
Making Familiar - Temple Bar Gallery - selected group show
Horizon Sprawl - Ormston House - selected group show,
Video Killed the Radio Star - RHA, Ireland - selected group show Dog Island Tales - Nag Gallery - solo show
Timeline - Queen Street Gallery Belfast - solo show
Timeline - Mermaid Arts Centre - solo show