Paul McCloskey
Paul McCloskey was born in 1963 in Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan, Ireland. For the past ten years Paul has been living and working in Gorey Co. Wexford. Paul attended the National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D) Dublin from 1981 and graduated with honours in 1986. He is visual arts officer and a permanent teacher of art, craft and design at Gorey Community School and he has been involved in art and design education for the past fourteen years. He has exhibited widely throughout Ireland and has travelled and worked throughout Europe and Australia. Paul has won an award for his painting from the Wexford Arts Centre, sponsored by the Lions Club Wexford, as well as having his work very favourably reviewed by the Arts and Crafts Council of Ireland.

In recent times Paul has been working in mixed media (Watercolour, ink and tempera). He likes the freedom of choosing any one or combinations of media. His aim is to highlight the aesthetic value of ordinary everyday subjects and to encourage the viewer to see afresh-everyday subjects of their environment. Paul is a figurative painter with a distinctive mixed media style. Colour plays a very important role in Paul's paintings, drawing the viewer into key areas of the painting.

Paul believes the artist should stimulate and challenge the viewer to look and look again and to gain a sense of feeling or reality when viewing art. It seems pointless to him to have a language visual or otherwise in which nobody can understand or which is so personal to the artist that it is beyond another interpretation. He feels Painting as a visual medium should be visual and not require catalogues of text in order to be appreciated. The majority of people are relatively visually literate and if they trust their own instincts about what they are viewing they will find themselves quite capable of judging painting. He feels that an artist must remain true to him/herself and not just follow the fleeting fashions in the visual arts, in order to be in vogue as this further isolates the viewer, which encourages pretentiousness which is often associated with the arts. He welcomes the challenge of all subject matter that takes his interest, from portraits to landscape.

Recently Paul has had considerable success with his portraits. His portraits are renowned for their striking likeness but with a distinctiveness and depth of their own, attempting to look beyond the superficial into the heart of the subject.

1994 "Lough Derg" (Kavanagh Heritage Centre, Monaghan) Permanent collection
1994 "Monaghan Artists" (Carrickmacross Co., Monaghan)
1995 "Art with a View" (Wexford Co. Council public works. A shortlisted exhibition of six artists)
1995 "Wexford Showcase" (Arts centre, Wexford)
1995 "Christmas Show" (Woodland arts and crafts gallery, Gorey)
1996 "Opera festival show" - Solo Exhibition - (Sponsored by Guinness, Ireland and The Arts Council, Ireland)
1997 Group show (Watch House Gallery, Enniscorthy)
1997 "Lions Club" (Arts Centre, Wexford)
1998 "Award winners exhibition" (Wexford Arts Centre, sponsored by Lions club.)
1999 "Gorey Summer Fair" (Solo Exhibition)
2000 "CELTIC CONNECTIONS" (Sponsored by The Arts Council Ireland.) A Welsh/Irish exchange exhibition of five shortlisted artists, Fishguard, Wales
2000 "Lions Club exhibition" (Wexford Arts Centre)
2000 "Comhairle Bhaile Cheanntair" (Public works) Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

Norma Smurfit Collection (Davis Gallery Dublin)
Irish Bank of Commerce, Dublin
RTE Design Studios, Dublin
Kavanagh Heritage Centre, Monaghan
Connemara Design Centre
Education Centre, Dublin
"Comhairle Bhaile Cheanntair" (Public works) Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan

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