In Niall Dooley’s drawings, strange and surprising narratives unfold. Often referencing the organisation and structure of society, and the places that we live, the artist seems to highlight and comment on contemporary society in a subtle way. Issues such as communication, social and environmental concerns are often addressed.
Niall Dooley, pencil, paper, paint, 2009; image held here.
Dooley is a recent graduate from the National College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art Painting. The artist, who works mainly with drawing and painting, is currently doing a residency in the Aran Islands for the Tulca Arts Festival. He was selected by the Joinery as part of their ongoing recent graduate programme.
Dooley discusses his work in the following Vimeo video. The paintings are from his solo show at the Joinery that took place last April.
Edited by Adrian Duncan. All images courtesy the artist.
For the Tulca Arts Festival, which is a Galway arts festival that runs until November, Dooley has taken up residence in the Arran Islands since the beginning of last September. These drawings show the very beginning stages of Dooley’s process of working.
Niall Dooley, drawing, 2010, image courtesy the artist.