Gerard O’Callaghan

Gerard O’Callaghan is a painter, graduate of CCAD and postgraduate artist at Backwater Artists. He recently participated in and completed a U.K residency at the Solent Showcase Gallery in Southampton for an international touring exhibition and is now working and living in Cork.

Statement:
My work is concerned with the urban environment and in particular, my initial response to new environments and spaces. The places I am Interested in are usually exterior (sometimes interior), uninhabited but usually show signs of human interaction.

They are of no particular importance but possess a common element in that they could be synonymous with any city and have a kind of aesthetic opposite to that of a landmark. Having said that they do have the potential to inform the viewer of how an urban inhabitant might find themselves in that space thus creating a narrative but I would prefer to keep the space empty preserving that interpretation as the right of the viewer.

By focusing on composition to create a viewpoint and a diverse palette to create a mood, I aim to place the viewer in the space free of unnecessary influence and let it be filled with their interpretation based on their own personal experience of overlooked urban space.