Patrick Conyngham

Patrick was born in Drogheda, Co Louth in 1959. He attended the Lee Strasbourg School of Acting in New York, before returning to London and then to Ireland in 1990. He lives and works in County Monaghan as an artist, poet and writer. His novel ‘Between the Hills was published in 2006, and he has also published various books of poetry and short stories.

His paintings explore meaning through colour, texture and depth trying to find a way into a higher vibrating world, They play between the abstract and figurative: sometimes remaining completely abstract and at others using the image of a figure moving through them. He works in mixed media on canvas and panel, using oils, acrylics, pastels, charcoal, and wax in whatever way seems appropriate to describe the subject.

His work is in private and public collections in Ireland, Europe, and the USA. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in galleries in Ireland and the UK including: The Tom Caldwell Gallery, The Oxford Street Gallery, The Fenderesky Gallery, Gallery, The Droichead Arts Centre, The Toradh Gallery, The Market Square, Monaghan, Framewerk, Charles Gilmore Gallery, Newry & Mourne Arts Centre, The Downpatrick Arts Centre, The Stour Gallery, Basement Gallery of the An Tain Arts Centre, Dundlak and Artisan, Belfast.

THE MANY SEAMS OF THE EDGE | Mixedmedia on panel | 45x80cms

The Theatre of the Edge

‘ On the edge of change sharpened like a knife slicing into the unknown for better or worse, the curtain falls to the floor and there is no one on the stage. What to do, fall headlong into a high fever of uncertainty clinging to the flotsam of imagination for buoyancy in this new environment where nothing is predictable and everything is in flux.

All the moorings are lost. The only option left is to let go, then fall or maybe fly. There never was an edge, was there, it was fear that built the cliff of illusion. ‘

The paintings for this exhibition entitled ‘Edge’ have been influenced by the work of Per Kirkeby: the geological and other types of layering of materials hopefully rendering emotional depth permeate the work and this is something I’m inspired by. ‘

AT THE EDGE OF THE FIRE | Mixedmedia on canvas | 30x22cms

AT THE POOL Oils on canvas | 30x22cms

CHANGE | Mixedmedia on canvas | 102x82cms

MORE OF THE HEART | Mixedmedia on canvas | 30x22cms

SCRIBBLE OF DAWN | Mixedmedia on canvas | 30x22cms

TRANSITION | Mixedmedia on canvas 78x61cms