The Story

'’It’s the west of Ireland landscapes in particular that I’m drawn to. To me they are what Ireland is all about, and there is an energy and a sense of timelessness in them that I try to get across in my paintings’’

Padraig McCaul is a full time artist originally from Dublin  and now based on Achill Island,  where he lives with his wife Anne and three children. His work is widely collected both internationally and at home. He runs an annual series of painting workshops on Achill Island between May and August.

McCaul's paintings are inspired by the untamed landscapes and coastline of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.  Achill Island, which is located off Ireland’s western seaboard has had a profound influence on his paintings, which are inspired by the natural beauty and colour of the surrounding landscape. Describing his symbiotic relationship with his adopted home place, Padraig says ‘’It has everything that a landscape artist would want, there is the sea, the mountains, the rolling bog, and the sky and the light that changes every hour of the day. There is no reason to go beyond it, there is so much here to inspire painting’’.

In his paintings Padraig uses primary colours; blues and reds and crimsons, in broad strokes, to depict houses, roads, farm buildings, country lanes in simple, uncluttered compositions. His paintings seek to elicit the emotion that allows room for the viewer to get lost in the subject.  They are not just there, he says, to simply describe the landscape but to stir an emotional response to the feeling of the landscape, to convey the movement and the energy and the light around it.  

His work has evolved to include more figurative work, primarily based on his own family members using very simple spherical but equally colourful figures to denote their characters. The figures have opened up new possibilities to explore colour and emotion, with a particular emphasis on the warmth of close relationships between family and friends.

 

 


solo exhibitions

Stories of Home, Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, Australia - 2017

When all Roads Lead Home – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin - 2016

Along the Atlantic Way – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin - 2015

Island Life – The Western Light Art Gallery, Keel - 2014

Family Album – Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery, Dublin 2014

Homeland – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2013

Still Lives – Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin 2012

Still Lives – Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan 2012

Sentinels – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2011

COAST – Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin, 2010

The Light Of Which I Speak, The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin 2009

Living Colours, Cork and Kerry, The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Co.Cork 2007

From Clare to Here. Lahinch Art Gallery, Lahinch,Co.Clare 2007

The West of Ireland - Land, Sea and Sky,  The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Cork 2006

The Blue Loft Gallery, Dublin 2007 (2 person show with Axel Rothoux)

 

selected group shows

London Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, UK 2012, 2013.2015,2016, 2017, 2018

London Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, UK 2011/12/13/14

Wexford FRINGE, Whites Hotel 2009 - 2015

Art Source, RDS, Dublin, 2009 – 2018

 

Gallery Representation:

The Doorway Gallery, Dublin

Western Light Gallery, Keel, Achill, Co.Mayo

Kilbaha Craft Gallery, Loop Head, Co.Clare

Whitethorn Gallery, Clifden,Co.Galway

Kenny’s Art Gallery, Lahinch, Co.Clare

Ardmore Pottery, houseArdmore, Co.Waterford

Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Co.Cork

 

Collections

President's Office, Notre Dame University,USA

Oliveto Restaurant, Dun Laoghaire

Tannery Restaurant, Dungarvan

Embassy of Cyprus, Washington, USA

Embassy of France, Dublin, Ireland

 

artist residencies

Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill – 2007                                       

 

selected media

The Connaught Telegraph - Feature article - 2017

The Western Australian, Perth - Preview, 2017

The Galway Advertiser – Feature interview, 2016

The Mayo News – Feature interview by Ciara Moynihan, 2014

Sunday Independent – Lucinda O’Sullivan review, 2014

Ohio Irish American News, 2011 – Front cover profile/Interview by Susan Magan

RTE Nationwide, 2010 –  Interview and Profile

The Dubliner Magazine, 2011 – Review of solo exhibition “Sentinels”

RTE Radio 1, The Arts Show – interview with Vincent Woods, 2009

The Irish Times – interview with Joyce Hickey, March 2009

 

education:

Professional Development for Visual Artists, College of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire 2006

Higher Diploma in Technology Management, 2002 – Smurfit Business School, UCD

Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis, 1996 - Senior College, Blackrock, Co Dublin

ACCA Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance, 1992

Bachelor of Arts, NUI, Maynooth, Co.Kildare. 1981 – 1985

 

 

News from the Studio

A MAYO artist who is just back from a sell-out exhibition in Australia will be showing his vivid portraits of the Achill landscape at Ireland’s premier art fair Art Source, in the RDS from November 10 to 12. http://www.con-telegraph.ie/news/roundup/articles/2017/11/01/4147921-mayo-artist-in-the-national-spotlight-after-australian-success/
I held my first exhibition in Australia in July this year at the Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle. It was a great success and turned out to be a complete sell out.
I recently exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair in London with the Doorway Gallery. It's always an exciting fair to be at and this was, I think, my sixth time at the fair. Here's a link to a great review of the show from William McKenzie.
Padraig McCaul paintings to feature in new national Eircode marketing campaign
Summer 2016 is going to be very busy, with paintings workshops, exhibitions and a major national marketing campaign to look forward to.
This is an interview I gave to the Galway Advertiser in the run up to my exhibition at the Townhall Theatre in Galway in March this year.

CV & Statement

 

The Story

'’It’s the west of Ireland landscapes in particular that I’m drawn to. To me they are what Ireland is all about, and there is an energy and a sense of timelessness in them that I try to get across in my paintings’’

Padraig McCaul is a full time artist originally from Dublin  and now based on Achill Island,  where he lives with his wife Anne and three children. His work is widely collected both internationally and at home. He runs an annual series of painting workshops on Achill Island between May and August.

McCaul's paintings are inspired by the untamed landscapes and coastline of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.  Achill Island, which is located off Ireland’s western seaboard has had a profound influence on his paintings, which are inspired by the natural beauty and colour of the surrounding landscape. Describing his symbiotic relationship with his adopted home place, Padraig says ‘’It has everything that a landscape artist would want, there is the sea, the mountains, the rolling bog, and the sky and the light that changes every hour of the day. There is no reason to go beyond it, there is so much here to inspire painting’’.

In his paintings Padraig uses primary colours; blues and reds and crimsons, in broad strokes, to depict houses, roads, farm buildings, country lanes in simple, uncluttered compositions. His paintings seek to elicit the emotion that allows room for the viewer to get lost in the subject.  They are not just there, he says, to simply describe the landscape but to stir an emotional response to the feeling of the landscape, to convey the movement and the energy and the light around it.  

His work has evolved to include more figurative work, primarily based on his own family members using very simple spherical but equally colourful figures to denote their characters. The figures have opened up new possibilities to explore colour and emotion, with a particular emphasis on the warmth of close relationships between family and friends.

 

 


solo exhibitions

Stories of Home, Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, Australia - 2017

When all Roads Lead Home – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin - 2016

Along the Atlantic Way – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin - 2015

Island Life – The Western Light Art Gallery, Keel - 2014

Family Album – Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery, Dublin 2014

Homeland – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2013

Still Lives – Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin 2012

Still Lives – Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan 2012

Sentinels – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2011

COAST – Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin, 2010

The Light Of Which I Speak, The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin 2009

Living Colours, Cork and Kerry, The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Co.Cork 2007

From Clare to Here. Lahinch Art Gallery, Lahinch,Co.Clare 2007

The West of Ireland - Land, Sea and Sky,  The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Cork 2006

The Blue Loft Gallery, Dublin 2007 (2 person show with Axel Rothoux)

 

selected group shows

London Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, UK 2012, 2013.2015,2016, 2017, 2018

London Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, UK 2011/12/13/14

Wexford FRINGE, Whites Hotel 2009 - 2015

Art Source, RDS, Dublin, 2009 – 2018

 

Gallery Representation:

The Doorway Gallery, Dublin

Western Light Gallery, Keel, Achill, Co.Mayo

Kilbaha Craft Gallery, Loop Head, Co.Clare

Whitethorn Gallery, Clifden,Co.Galway

Kenny’s Art Gallery, Lahinch, Co.Clare

Ardmore Pottery, houseArdmore, Co.Waterford

Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Co.Cork

 

Collections

President's Office, Notre Dame University,USA

Oliveto Restaurant, Dun Laoghaire

Tannery Restaurant, Dungarvan

Embassy of Cyprus, Washington, USA

Embassy of France, Dublin, Ireland

 

artist residencies

Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill – 2007                                       

 

selected media

The Connaught Telegraph - Feature article - 2017

The Western Australian, Perth - Preview, 2017

The Galway Advertiser – Feature interview, 2016

The Mayo News – Feature interview by Ciara Moynihan, 2014

Sunday Independent – Lucinda O’Sullivan review, 2014

Ohio Irish American News, 2011 – Front cover profile/Interview by Susan Magan

RTE Nationwide, 2010 –  Interview and Profile

The Dubliner Magazine, 2011 – Review of solo exhibition “Sentinels”

RTE Radio 1, The Arts Show – interview with Vincent Woods, 2009

The Irish Times – interview with Joyce Hickey, March 2009

 

education:

Professional Development for Visual Artists, College of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire 2006

Higher Diploma in Technology Management, 2002 – Smurfit Business School, UCD

Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis, 1996 - Senior College, Blackrock, Co Dublin

ACCA Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance, 1992

Bachelor of Arts, NUI, Maynooth, Co.Kildare. 1981 – 1985