Sean MolloyE.I.A., 2021
Oil & acrylic on panel
22 × 30 cm
These works are constructed through a process of experimenting with a series of traditional baroque-inspired themes. Maintaining a strict methodology is a conscious decision, one that allows me to mimic works from sources within the baroque painting canon. This rich subject matter provides the under-painting for the overpainted elements associated with digital imagery and modern print technologies. The digital elements overlaying these have been inspired by a variety of sources (A.I. references, image manipulation software, glitch-art, etc.).
I'm specifically interested in the impact that digital imagery has on the viewer's appreciation of the traditional fine art image and how this challenges entrenched value judgements surrounding questions of originality. Through a layering process, I aim to cultivate a new aesthetic where the imperfections and limitations of the comparatively fragile digital image harmonize with the seemingly robust old master originals.
Seán Molloy is a Dublin-based fine art painter. He received a 1st class BA in painting (NCAD, 2011), followed by an award of MFA (NCAD, 2013). Longlisted for the Saatchi New Sensation prize the sole Irish nominee 2013.
Solo exhibitions include: The Lost Estate Molesworth Gallery Dublin Dec 2020. Landed Molesworth Gallery Dublin, July 2018. Simulations Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Co. Meath August 2017. Neo Pentimenti RHA, Ashford gallery Dublin, December 2015. Selected group shows include: RHA Annual (2013 – 2021); '3.2' (online) Bo Lee gallery London 2020 ; Mullarney & Molloy London Art Fair 2019, '10 Years' Charlie Smith Gallery, London 2019; 'Painting Painting' Eagle gallery London 2019; Contemporary Istanbul Art fair 2018; He was awarded Fingal C.C. Artists Support Scheme Award 2016 - 2021. RHA School Studio Artist's award 2017. Thomas Damman Jr Memorial Trust Award (2015 & 2016). K&M Evans Painting Prize 2014.
Photo: Courtesy of artist
Colin Crotty, Eithne Jordan, Eleanor McCaughey, Fergus Martin, Kathy Tynan, Mairead O’hEocha, Alison Pilkington, Brian Maguire, Colin Martin, Gabhann Dunne, Gemma Browne, Gillian Lawler, John Lalor, Natasha Conway, Orla Whelan, Oscar Fouz Lopez, Stephen Loughman, Marcel Vidal, Harry Walsh Foreman, Mark O'Kelly, Patrick Graham, Salvatore of Lucan, Sonia Shiel, Sven Sandberg, Liliane Puthod, Forerunner, Sean Molloy, Sean Molloy
About the Exhibition
Pallas Projects present ‘Dubliners’ – the international section of the 6th Biennial of Painting, Zagreb, curated by Mark Cullen & Gavin Murphy. The exhibition affords a unique opportunity to present together for the first time, an intergenerational grouping of painters who were born, bred, studied (and taught), or live and work in Dublin. The invitation to curate such a survey of contemporary painting presents a huge opportunity, and invites its own questions. It allows us to consider: what does it mean to present a national (or municipal) exhibition today? What does (or can) such an exhibition say about a city, its people? What does it mean within the expanded topography of contemporary art with its multiple and unlimited forms? What does such an exhibition say about artists (or painters) working together in a city. Can we trace traits of influence, exchange and conversation, of a ‘community of painting’, or is painting the ‘purest form of individualism’?
Saturday 23rd October, 5pm CET
Panel discussion: What is it to paint (in) a city?
Artist talk moderated by critic, curator and educator James Merrigan, with panellists Stephen Loughman, Colin Martin, Mark O’Kelly, Sonia Shiel, Orla Whelan.
Wednesday 27th October, 6pm CET
Dubliners Reel, curated by Eve Woods
A screening of film works by Irish artists, featuring: Anne Maree Barry, John Byrne, Michelle Doyle, Kevin Gaffney, Léann Herlihy, and Gavin Murphy.
Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin’s city centre, and curated projects, exhibitions, exchanges, off-site projects, talks, resource programmes, and publications. PP/S are at the forefront of research, advocacy and support of artist-run practice in Ireland and across Europe. They are authors of the research project and publication ‘Artist-Run Europe’ (Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016), which included contributions from AA Bronson, Transmission Gallery, Triangle France, and Eastside Projects and featured essays, case studies, and an index of 600 European artist-run spaces – a second updated edition of which is due in 2022.
Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council
‘Dubliners’ is funded by Culture Ireland
About the Biennial of Painting
The Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) established the Biennial of Painting in 2011. The Biennial’s aim is to survey and evaluate the local painting scene in the context of new European movements and explore, through comparison, the global position of the medium of painting. In this way, HDLU promotes the development of the visual arts by supporting and encouraging artistic creativity and excellence, and by conceiving and promoting international cultural exchange. Conferences, lectures and presentations are organised as part of a Biennial on the initiative of the organisers, to both educate and inspire. Traditionally two awards (Grand Prix and Young Artist Award) – extremely valuable from an expert artistic and financial point of view – are awarded to the most prominent artists and their work.
As well as presenting what is new in Croatian painting today, each edition of the Biennial engages with new and emerging tendencies in the medium of painting across various cities, regions and countries of Europe. In 2011, the guest city was Berlin (“I am a Berliner”, curated by Mark Gisbourne), in 2013 Vienna (“Vienna Calling”, curated by Theresia Hauenfels), in 2015 it was Gdańsk (“Exporting Gdańsk”, curated by Katarzyna Kosmala), in 2017 Prague (“Extended Painting Prag”, curated by Marek Schovanek), and in 2019 Leipzig (“Leipzig Connection”, curated by Mark Gisbourne).
HDLU is located in the famous Meštrović Pavilion in central Zagreb. It consists of three exhibition spaces: Prsten Gallery, Bačva Gallery, and PM Gallery. Its mission and openness aims to foster all expressions of creativity, from prestigious world premieres and biennials to grassroots movements, with the desire to inspire and motivate the public through art.