Paul McKenna

“My work varies in technique. A common theme in my work is memory and its relationship to place within urban settings, how certain scenes hold significance in describing a sense of place. My work identifies commonalities that describe universal themes of culture and nostalgia through my own personal experiences of my immediate surroundings. My work has been informed by living in London, New Zealand and Ireland, all have contributed in varying ways to the development of my work over the years. Other themes include the man-made versus the elements, painting and the elements (plein air), exploration of line (line drawing) and plastic in the environment. Photography, plein air painting and sketching are starting points for my work. I use them as a means of visual note taking when exploring the city and countryside. Further studio practice explores the initial recordings and refines the subject through digital manipulation of detail, composition and colour. These are then experimented within further processes of painting including realist painting and abstract using mark making, colour glazes and various paint mediums.”

Paul studied Graphic Design in Central Saint Martins College, London. He developed his passion for painting whilst working in the paint artisans industry. He has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally and worked on various collaborative and individual projects. He has completed residencies in Cill Rialaig Artist retreat, Yellow Box Sweden and was resident artist at Doswell gallery 2019. Paul is an artist educator for Golden Acrylics and teaches community art groups through the ETB and Cork City Partnership as well as facilitating projects with the Crawford Art Gallery and The Glucksman. He currently works from his home studio in Saint Lukes, Cork and is a member of Cork Printmakers.

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