The current body of research is a visual enquiry into the effects of mans over consumption of natural materials and the continuous destruction and long term detrimental effects this is having on the rural landscape of Ireland. The research particularly focuses on the landscape on counties Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo and Mayo and aims to question what relationship can be connected between the over indulgence of Irish people during the last 15 years and our historical and sacred connection to our environment.
As part of this area of interest I am also fascinated in the reality of the “Commons in Society” and the connection between the moral responsibilities of the community towards the landscape. The ownership of parks, greens, lanes, walkways and green areas that is open to the public. My current area of research also extends to an enquiry into traditional drawing and painting of the landscape, in particular the idea and notion of romantics within the rural landscape. Areas of continued interest include artist such as Casper Fredrick, German romanticism painting, notions of disillusion with materialism, return to the natural world, death, destruction and resurrection.
Daniel Chester’s practice investigates issues that look at contemporary Ireland within the framework of social, political and economic conditions. Through the use of drawings, painting, and photography Chester aims to question the abuse of the power within contemporary Ireland and how this has had a dramatic effect on the Irish psyche, landscape, confidence and economic future.
Masters in Visual Arts Practices, Dunlaoghaire College of Art and Design, Dunlaoghaire Dublin
BA in Fine Art, Sligo Institute of Technology Sligo. 00-01
Diploma in Fine Art, Sligo Institute of Technology 95-98
Visual Artist Ireland
The sculpture centre, Manorhamilton
Atler/native art group
2010 – Present -Instructor, NLN, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
2001- 2008- Art Tutor, HYLO, Charles Street, Sligo
2005-2010 Adult art facilitator, VEC Sligo
Selected Solo Shows
“Successfull Flaws” Selected by Patrick T Murphy, Roscommon Arts Centre
Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, County Tyrone
2 person shows
“Land-escape” Hawkswell theatre arts space, Sligo.
Iontas Art Centre, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan
“New Enviroments” Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Co Mayo
“Corporate Republic” Leitrim Sculpture Center, Manorhamilton Co Leitrim
North West Open, Sculpture Centre Manorhamilton Co Leitirm
Cairde Visual, Hyde bridge gallery, Sligo
“Drawing Connections” Sienna Art Institution, Sienna, Italy.
“CCA RDS” RDS Dublin, curated by Helen Carey.
Alter/native project, Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle Co. Roscommon
“Public Gesture” The LAB exhibition space, Foley Street, Dublin
“Show” Sycamore Gallery, Templebar, Dublin
“White Noise” studio six, Templebar galleries
“Diffusions” The white room gallery, Galway
“Figure and Ground” The Ivy House, Drumcondra, Dublin.
” A New Dynamic” curated by Mark Grehan, Dean Crowe Gallery, Athlone
“Outlines” Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford.
“Outlines” Sparkhase Arts Space, Kempton, Germany
“Degree Show, Model Arts Centre, Sligo.
Work is held in private collections in Boston, Sparkhase Bank Germany, Ireland, England, Italy and Scotland.