Oliver Comerford (b 1967)

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Oliver Comerford

b 1967

In Oliver Comerford’s work, the landscape plays a supporting role as the transient backdrop to the journey depicted. His subject matter is not the landscape as destination, but the momentary awareness of a timeless world existing outside the windows of a speeding car. The geographic disparity of his subjects, as well as the allusions to contemporary film and photography, serve to underline the way in which we perceive the outside world in our daily lives as we shuttle between destinations. In his catalogue essay to the Royal Hibernian Academy exhibition earlier this year, Patrick Murphy perfectly described Comerford’s romantic realism as a ‘blue note of melancholy’ deriving from ‘the truck stops, bends, and airports of our itinerant lives’.

Now Dublin-based, Comerford studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London; Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine; NCAD, Dublin and The Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include the RHA Gallagher Galleries, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Temple Bar Gallery and The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, as well as numerous group shows. His work is included in the collections of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane Gallery and Office of Public Works.

Born in 1967, Dublin, Ireland

Comerford’s paintings achieve a cinematic quality that is at once unsettling and familiar; the deserted open road often seen as day disolves into night or vice versa. There is an almost perfect stillness in his work of moments trapped in time with great power emanating from his beautifully worked surfaces.

Archive

<i>Facing East</i> 2018 Oil on panel  12¼ x 18¼ ins,
<i>Facing North IV</i> Oil on canvas laid on board 48 x 72 ins, (121.92 x 182.88 cms)
<i>Facing North III</i> Oil on canvas laid on board 48 x 72 ins, (121.92 x 182.88 cms)
<i>Facing North II</i> Oil on canvas laid on board 48 x 72 ins, (121.92 x 182.88 cms)

Biography

Education

1996-97 M.A. Chelsea College of Art and Design, London
1991 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine, USA
1986-90 B.A. National College of Art and Design, Dublin
1988 School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Solo Exhibitions

2009 True Romance,Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin
2008 I can see your house from here, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin
2005 Night and Day, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin
2003 Out Here,Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2002 Get Here, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin
1999 Talk To Me, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland
1998 Talk To Me, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1996 Out Of Here, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1994 Paintings and Monotypes, Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1991 Rubicon Gallery/Bank of Ireland Exhibition Centre, Dublin
RHA Gallagher Galleries, Dublin

Group Exhibitions

2010 Sovereign European Art Prize, Barbican Art Gallery, London
2009 Terror and Sublime: Art in the Age of Anxiety, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
2009 Portable Histories, Irish Museum of Modern Art / Wexford Arts Centre
2008 Alternative Nature, Cavan County Museum
2007 The Garden of Eden Has Vanished, Cavan County Museum
2006 Art and Idea, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2006 Reality Show, Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Trallee
2006 Seeing is Believing, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin
2005 Tiraning, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2005 After The Thaw, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
2005 Anthology of Emerging Art from Ireland Eurojet Futures, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
2004 Bearings, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2003 Perspective 03, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast selected by Enrique Juncosa
2003 Affinity Archive, The Metropolitan Complex, Broadstone Studios, Dublin
2003 The National Gallery, The Return, Goethe Institute, Dublin

Recent Awards

2004 ‘Distance’ ‘Per Cent For Art’ commission for Dept. of Communications
2003 ‘Vapourtrail’ ‘Per Cent For Art’ commission for Kerry County Council
2002 PS1 Fellowship, shortlisted
1998,99,2002 Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary
1998 Irish Museum of Modern Art, Artists Work Programme Residency
EV+A 98’, Open Award
1996 Dublin Corporation Visual Arts Bursary

Collections

Irish Museum of Modern Art; Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane; Office of Public Works; Allied Irish Banks; Bank of Ireland; Irish Intercontinental Bank; KPMG; First National Building Society; Kerry County Council; Private Collections in Ireland, Britain, Australia and USA

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