Aidan Says: “My paintings are formed by a range of abstracted and gestural processes that entwine ideas inspired by figure and landscape.

I often paint away from specific, linear subject matter or direct narratives; instead the paintings exist on the cusp of being figurative fluctuating simultaneously between sections of landscape or as a close up renderings of human forms with no permanent fixation on either. This approach to painting is concerned more with the non-linear rather than depicting specific elements as a way for viewers to be more responsive to instinctive perceptions of the image informed by their own personal experiences; this can stimulate responses associated more with feeling and sensation.

The paintings have a full-frontal immediacy through their visual intensity, yet to spend time exploring their surfaces is to uncover the abundance of contradicting planes, fragments of ideas, blurs of colour all in continuous flux. This combines my instinctive mindset with intuitive approaches to painting.

Each painting exists as a self-informing entity where the connotations, tensions and overall visual information is constantly growing, shifting and adopting new energies within each composition. In one sense it can be considered that the images reveal everything and nothing all at once and over time.”

Artwork

Credentials

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2018
    The Sustainable Studio, ‘Labyrinth’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2017
    Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, ‘Small Works’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2016
    Line gallery - Stroud visual arts, ‘New Matter’, Stroud, Uk
  • 2016
    Cardiff m.a.d.e, ‘Manoeuvred Matter’, Cardiff, Wales

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2018
    The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2018
    Hearth Gallery Llandough hospital, ‘NHS 70’, Cardiff Wales
  • 2017
    Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, ‘Elephants for jude’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2017
    Cardiff m.a.d.e, ‘Winter Show’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2017
    Cardiff m.a.d.e, ‘Summer open 2017’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2017
    Oriel Cric, ‘Crickhowell open art’, Crickhowell, Wales
  • 2017
    Boundary art, ‘Birth/ Rebirth’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2016
    Curious Duke Gallery, ‘Insert art here’, London, UK
  • 2015
    Kooywood gallery, ‘New blood’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2014
    Oriel Cric, ‘Crickhowell open art’, Crickhowell, Wales
  • 2015
    Cardiff m.a.d.e, ‘Made from the museum’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2015
    Penarth pier pavilion, ‘Staring at the sea contemporary painting wales’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2014
    Works in print, ‘Art graduate prize’, London, UK
  • 2014
    Elysium Gallery, ‘A portrait of the artist as…’ beep painting prize, Swansea, Wales
  • 2014
    Bargehouse oxo Tower Wharf, ‘Float art London 2014’, London, UK
  • 2014
    Curious Duke Gallery, ‘Secret art prize’, London, UK
  • 2014
    Oriel Cric, ‘Crickhowell open art’, Crickhowell, Wales
  • 2014
    The Abacus, ‘Solve et coagula’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2013
    Capitol Arcade Warehouse - Modern alchemists, ‘Autumn show’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2013
    Milgi made in Roath, ‘Art in the warehouse des refuses’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2013
    West Wharf Gallery jacobs market, ‘b i t no 4’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2012
    Capitol Arcade Warehouse - Modern Alchemists, ‘Birth to death and hereafter’, Cardiff, Wales

Public Collections

  • 2018
    ‘Resilience’ (nhs 70) Llandough hospital, Cardiff, Wales, Commissioned
  • 2017
    ‘Helping hands’ Heath hospital, Cardiff, Wales. Commissioned
  • 2014
    ‘Impetus’ Cardiff school of art & design, Llandaff, Wales. Commissioned
  • 2014
    ‘Untitled’ Cardiff school of art & design, Llandaff, Wales. Purchased
  • 2010
    ‘Are you living the dream?’ Totton College, Southampton, UK. Commissioned

Awards and Grants

  • 2017
    Crickhowell open art, Oriel Cric, Wales First place winner
  • 2017
    CSE flash fund bursary, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
  • 2016
    GANE - Trust Grant
  • 2016
    CSE flash fund bursary, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales
  • 2013
    Dulcie mayne stephens art trust travel bursary
  • 2011
    Fine art scholarship at Cardiff school of art & design

Shortlists

  • 2018
    'Shell Heritage Commission', Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest, UK, Shortlisted
  • 2017
    'Adam Speaks' Project, National Trust Croome Park, Worcestershire, UK, Shortlisted
  • 2014
    'Secret Art Prize', Curious Duke Gallery, London. Runner up
  • 2014
    'Art Graduate Prize', Works in print, London. Runner up
  • 2014
    'Blank Canvas Comission', Clyde & Co, London, Shortlisted

Residencies

  • 2018
    Aamir Art House, Goa, India
  • 2014 - 2016
    'Incubation Space', Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2014
    'Art Hotel', The Abacus, Cardiff Contemporary Festival, Cardiff, Wales

Education

  • 2011 - 2014
    BA Hons Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design (First Class)
  • 2010-2011
    Foundation Art, Totton College (Distinction)

Latest Collection

2019

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