Artist Statement

 

My current body of work focuses on the rural landscapes of the west of Ireland, I am interested in the spaces that are left to the elements, uncultivated land, overgrown and wild but also rich in wildlife. The notion of finding the ethereal elements within these landscapes is my current challenge and as a painter I am fascinated in the relationship between finding my own solitude within the landscape while also trying to understand the historical meaning of the sublime in landscape painting.

 

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 rural 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 movements such as German romanticism painting, In particular my work is influenced by paintings “Monasty in the Graveyard In Snow (1819) and The Abbey in The Oakwood (1810) by Fredrick, other influences include the work of  Albert Bierstadt and English artist John Martin. The recurring theme within my work focuses on notions of disillusion with materialism, return to the natural world, death, destruction and resurrection.

 

The choice of aluminium as a medium in which to paint on is deliberate one, although this material is not one of traditional use I find its coldness and dampness a direct connection to the landscapes and subjects I choose to paint, the aluminium also enables me as an artist to show the process of painting i.e. brushstrokes, additional liquids each work is very much unique as the experimental development can very much change with each painting.

 

 

 

Education

MA in Visual Arts Practices, IADT, 2009                                 

BA Hon’s Fine Art, Institute of Technology, Sligo. 2001

 

Work experience

Instructor, NLN Carrick on Shannon

Art Tutor, Home Youth Liaison Service, Sligo Town.

Adult Art Facilitator, Sligo VEC, Sligo

Art Tutor, School completion programme 2001- 2004

 

Memberships

Visual Artists Ireland, Artists Forum, The Model Arts and Niland Gallery, The Sculpture

Centre, Manorhamilton

 

Solo shows

2018

"Beyond The Stile" SolArtGallery. Dublin www.solartgallery.ie

“The Ethereal Space” Hamilton Gallery, Sligo www.hamiltongallery.ie

2017

“Beyond the Plains” Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co Clare

“In pursuit of Stillness” Cairde Visual Award Show, Hydebridge Gallery, Sligo

“Hinterland” Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

2015

“The land is Ours” Solo show Luan Gallery Athlone, Co Westmeath

2010

“Successful flaws” Selected by Patrick T Murphy.  Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon

2007

“The Drawing Man” , The Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, Co Tyrone.

 

Group shows

2018

138th RUA awards, Ulster Museum, Belfast

"Identity" Westival Gallery, Westport Co.Mayo

Cairde Visual, The Model Centre, Sligo. 

"The Gathering" Kings House, Boyle Co Roscommon

Art Source, RDS, Dublin. SolArtGallery

"Antiques and Art Fair" RDS, Dublin, Ireland (Sol Art)

"An Irish Air man forsees his death, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. 

AAF Manchester. (Solart)

2017

AAF Battersea, Solartgallery, Dublin

AAF Hamstead, Solartgallery, Dublin

Antiques and Art Fair, RDS, Dublin

Cairde Visual, Model Arts Centre, Sligo

Art Source, Solart Dublin

137th RUA Awards 2017, Ulster Museum, Belfast

“Crazy Jane” Invited Artists, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

“Nine Walls” Hydebridge Gallery, Sligo

VUE RHA Dublin, eight gallery, Dublin.

 

2016

"RDS Art Source, November RDS, Dublin.

"Invited Artists" December, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. 

"RUA Awards" Ulster Museum, Belfast

"Invited Artists" Dec 2016, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

"Antiques and Art Fair" RDS, Dublin, Ireland (Sol Art)

"AAF Bristol" Bristol, United Kingdom. (Sol Art)

"Seeing is believing" Solart Gallery, Dublin

"Cairde Visual" Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo 

"North by NorthWest" Kings House, Boyle Arts Festival

Charlestown Arts Centre, New Horizons, Co Mayo

2015

“Winters Poem” Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

Edinburgh Art Fair, Cornmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

134th RUA Show, Ulster Museum, Belfast

“Land-escape” Hawkswell Arts Space, Hawkswell Sligo,2 person show

(Upcoming) Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

2014

North West Artists, Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co, Leitrim

Cairde Open, Hyde Bridge Gallery. Sligo

2013

Iontas Art Gallery, Co Monaghan, 2 person show

New Enviroments,  Ballina Arts Centre. 2 person show

Altered State, Joust Gallery, London.

2012

Drawing Connections, Sienna Art Institute, Sienna, Italy.

2011

“CCA RDS” curate by Helen Carey

“Alter/native project” Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle Co. Roscommon

“Corporate Republic” Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

2009

“Public Gesture” The Lab exhibition space, Foley Street, Dublin

“Show” Sycamore Gallery, Templebar, Dublin

 “White noise” Studio six, Templebar galleries and studio space

Collections/Purchases

Sparkhase Bank, Germany, Bank of Ireland, Leitrim County Council, OPW, Chimera Gallery, Private

Collections throughout USA, Australia, Ireland, UK and Europe.  

 

 

Bursaries

Leitrim County Council                                                            2007/2008/2010/2011/2013/2015/2017

 

Residency Awards

Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Studio Award

Model Arts Centre, Residency Award 2017

Currently hold a studio with the LSC in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

 

www.danielchesterartist.com

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