I draw my energy and positivity from everything around me, people, the Meath landscape, the striking seascape from Gormanston to Drogheda with the stunning backdrop of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains to the north, and the big skies in peaceful places such as Tara & Bective.
I believe my paintings are quite distinctive and totally unique in terms of how they are composed and created. Using watercolour and gold leaf on paper, my work is fresh and vibrant and presented in a modern, contemporary manner. My art is instantly recognisable not only because of the vibrancy of the colours I use but also because of the small squares I use to present much of my work. I use colour, forms, energy, movement, contrasts of fuzziness and sharpness, depth, emerging light and space as a visual exploration and vibrant expression of a spectrum of positive emotions, feelings and states of mind.
Each individual piece is the result of a process of developing multiple layers, with elements of each layer protected and other elements washed, rubbed or scratched away, but all building a ‘history’, reflected in the ‘moment’, the ‘positive moment’, captured by each piece. The vibrancy and depth of each piece provides the viewer with the opportunity to create their own narrative or narratives as they may respond differently at different times.
Each small square can be described as a miniature painting in itself and each representing a ‘moment’, a ‘positive moment’. The collective, whether it be a 9-piece, a 50-piece or his largest to date, a 361-piece creation, represents an uplifting aspect on the spectrum of positivity.
Its a great pleasure to have an artist with the calibre of Niall Leavy a stones throw from the Gallery, he is doing Mullingar very proud and we look forward to showing some of his large works next year.
2014 13 – 16 Nov: Art Source 2014, RDS, Dublin
7 Oct – 3 Nov: ‘Luminous’, Solo Exhibition, Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne
26 Jun – 14 Jul: ‘New Heights’ Summer Show, Sol Gallery, Dublin
Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
23 – 25 May: AAF, F1 Pit Building, Singapore
6 – 9 Mar: AAF, Superstudio Più, Milan, Italy
2013 Sol Gallery, Dawson St. Dublin
Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland
Art Source 2013, RDS, Dublin
Bracken Art Inaugural Exhibition, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
SURVEYOR Contemporary Art Exhibition, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
Kenny’s Art Gallery, Galway
The Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Co. Westmeath
An Clachan Gallery, Co. Donegal
2012 Ardmore Gallery, Ardmore, Co Waterford
Art Source 2012, RDS, Dublin
‘New Horizon’, Solo Exhibition, Sol Gallery, Dawson St. Dublin
2009 ‘Inner Light’, Two Person Show, Market Gallery, Mullingar
2005 ‘Body & Soul’ exhibition, Brendan Kennelly Summer Festival
2002 RDS Art Fair, Dublin
2000 ‘Building Bridges’, Two Person Show, Mullingar Arts Centre
1996 ‘Emotional Colour’, Two Person Show, An Dámhlann Gallery, Spiddal
1995 Oireachtas, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin (Installation & mixed media)
1995 London Art Fair, Islington, London
Office of Public Works, Ireland
2002 Coastal Spirit, oil on plaster
2014 Mesmerize, Watercolour & goldleaf on paper
Meath County Council
2014 Revive, Watercolour & goldleaf on paper
Professional Artists Development Bursary, Meath County Council, 2013
and finally …
I was born in Dumfries, Scotland in 1965 but grew up in Mullingar. Life has taken me to fascinating parts of the world and I’m now living in the village of Stamullen, Co. Meath, with Cécile, Antoine (12), Clodagh (11) and Tristan (8).