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About the work:
Donal Moloney’s new body of paintings are meditations on absorption and daydreaming. Enigmatic scenarios are constructed from layers of personal and historical references and allusions. What emerges is dreamlike and kaleidoscopic. Volcanoes, figures, castles, churches, treetops and boats interweave and dissolve into one another. Each incongruous scene bounds together the mundane with the resplendent through a range of fade outs, glimpses and vignettes. Absorbed in their thoughts, the unperturbed protagonists of these paintings appear adrift in their surroundings. The factual and the fictional, the fantastical and the everyday, emerge as fragments that solidify into the painting’s surface.
Donal Moloney lives and works in Cork. He studied at the Crawford College of Art (BA), the Slade School of Fine Art (MFA) and University of the Arts London (PhD). Recent exhibitions include ‘Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come’ (2022), Superweakness, The Hague, ‘Fully Awake’ (2021), Holden Gallery, Manchester, ‘New Work’ (2021), Output Gallery, Liverpool, ‘Subtantifs’ (2019), Arthouse1, London, and ‘The John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition’ (2016), The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. Moloney won the John Moores Visitor’s Choice Award in 2016 and is represented in numerous public and private collections. Moloney is a lecturer at MTU Crawford College of Art and Design.
Cork County Council ‘Creative Artist’s Bursary Scheme 2022’
MTU Crawford College of Art & Design & MTU Arts Office