I was born in Dublin in 1974. After completing school in 1992 I did a certificate in Art and Design in DIT/ Mountjoy Square. After finishing this course I carried on with my art practice, while also working with a commercial set company and traveling in Europe. These trips started me on a love of traveling and in 1996 I went to Zimbabwe to spend time with the family behind the Africa calls stone sculpture gallery in Dublin. During my time there I visited local artists and started to carve the local stone. On return home I participated in a stone sculpture symposium with Dick Joynt, which helped me establish my work in stone within Ireland.
My work in addiction in an arts setting at this time also had a large influence on my work. In 2004 I moved from Dublin to Cork.
After a brief break from my work at this time for a few years I started exhibiting again in some group shows like Sculpture in Context and in local exhibition events, especially the annual exhibition in Ballymaloe run by Riche Scott sculpture.
Over the year I have continued working in the Arts by facilitating in schools and at festivals. My work with the heritage in schools scheme has been especially influential in the sense that it has expanded my own education of Irish traditions, folklore and craft.
2019 was an important year in my practice as I was awarded a funded residency in Uillin, West Cork Art Centre. This residency allowed me to focus on smaller clay work and to start the journey of using traditional craft materials in my own work.
Over the last decade I have also established a small illustration business Kilcoe Studios. As well as learning essential business skills this project has also immersed me in our native plant life and the cultural history of plants, which has in turn influenced my fine art practice.
My sculptural work typically represents the human figure. I have expressed this in many ways in my primary material which is Irish limestone, all the time working within its limitations which dictates the finished work . I am not just interested in the physical figures, but what is represents – a symbol of who we all are, our behaviours and especially our spiritual needs.
In some sculptures the figure has been represented more realistically with detail and in others more shapely with no clear features. In recent figures they could almost be described as non-human, something which hints at my strong interest in the other world.
In more recent work I have been exploring working with smaller figures in clay. These can be observed together in groups and this work allows me to work with the figure as part of a whole, each individuals part in the greater picture.
In clay the work is mostly silent and careful and quiet. With stone there is a rhythm that is integral to the work. I deliberately choose to use hand tools and the process of working is as important as the outcome. This steady rhythmic work is very meditative and I believe this rhythmic part of living along with the seasons and cultural and religious rhythms of the week and year are crucial to a healthy mind and society.
I am also constantly fascinated by the materials that are available to us – specifically the ones in my locality – local minerals, rushes, dye colours etc. I am fascinated by how previous generations used them for both practical, cultural and religious reasons and I am eager to explore how I can, as an artist, take these materials and techniques into use in this very different modern world. This is ongoing work that I am experimenting with to incorporate into my practice
` Kilcoe Skibbereen Co. Cork
028 38946 / 087 0667871
Date of Birth – 16 December 1974
2002-2003 Crawford College of Art , Cork Certificate in arts and empowerment.
1992 – 1993 College of Marketing and Design, Dublin 1 Certificate in Art and Design
1986 – 1992 Wesley College, Dublin 16 Leaving Certificate.
2020 Vue Art Fair, represented by Richie Scott.
2014 – 2020 Richie Scott Sculpture – annual sculpture exhibition at Ballymaloe, Co Cork.
2012 – 2020 West Cork Creates- annual showcase exhibition, West Cork Food festival.
2018 Blue House gallery, Co Cork.
2010 – 2013 Millcove Sculpture Award, Co Cork.
2015 & 2018 Lavitt gallery members exhibition, Cork city.
2012 & 2013 West Cork Arts Centre annual members exhibition.
2010 & 2011 2020 Art gallery, North Mall, Cork.
2011 & 2013 Sculpture in Context, Botanic Gardens, Dublin.
2010 Doswell Gallery – Virtu art, West Cork.
2003 Frank Lewis gallery Killarney – Garden Sculpture exhibition.
2001 – 2004 Blue Leaf Gallery, Fairview, Dublin 3.
2002 Oireachtas annual group exhibition.
2001 Lysaght gallery, Howth , Co. Dublin.
1999 Central Library Dublin – Art against Racism.
1998 Watchhouse Gallery Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
1997 – 2000 Africa Calls stone sculpture gallery, Temple bar, Dublin.
COMMISSIONS and AWARDS
2020 Current – private commission – 1.5 metre stone plinth and figure.
2019 Uillin, West Cork Arts Centre Studios funded residency. 2 Months, October – December.
2019 Creative Ireland Grant – researching and making ‘Straw Boy costumes’ for the ‘Wran day’ celebrations, including 2 community workshops.
2018 Cork county Council award for ‘The Skibbereen City project’ where myself and another
artist worked with 600 pupils in 13 schools to make a paper city for the Arts Festival.
2012 Cork County Council Artists Bursary – to do a series of drawings and sculpting work with a dancer.
1998 St. Marys Church Saggart Co. Dublin – Stone Figure in Opal stone .
8ft x 2.5ft. – to remember 150 years of the famine and the building of the church.
SYMPOSIUMS & TRAVEL
1998 Cross cultural and Stone sculpture Symposium. Crann Studios, Enniscorthy
Hosted by Dick Joynt and Africa Calls Gallery, involving Zimbabwean and Irish Artists.
1996 3 months working with local artists in Zimbabwe learning stone sculpture, tied in with other
travel in the continent.
Richie Scott Sculpture ‘Searching’ 2014
Killeen Group Headquarters. ‘Void 1 & 2’ 2016
Old Head Golf links Kinsale. ‘Life Forms’ 2018
Holles Street maternity hospital ‘You’ created at the sculpture symposium 1998
This is a summary of the relevant work
2013 – Present Heritage in school scheme – Delivering workshop in schools on heritage crafts.
2012 / 2013 Crafts council or Ireland – Bloom interactive craft event – conception to completion. Straw súgáin village and large scale weaving loom.
2012 – 2013 Crafts council of Ireland – Craft – ed schools programme
2010 – 2015 3 Separate School Projects- Funded by Cork County council.
1999 – 2002 Merchants Quay project, Soilse treatment programme and Millenium carving project . Working in an artistic capacity in drug treatment in Dublin .
2019 – 1 page Article in Evening Echo relating to my sculptural work in Ballymaloe annual exhibition.
Uillin West Cork Art Centre
Visual Artists Ireland
Cork Craft and Design
Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
Basketmaking Association of Ireland
I run a small business, Kilcoe Studios reproducing botanical studies which I started in 2012 . This allows me to keep working on my fine art work in my own time but it also absorbs me in a very deep way our native wildlife and this has greatly enriched and inspired me and the work I make.