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Artist: Padraig Cunningham

Portfolio of previous work (Please click on image to enlarge):


Artist Statement: Padraig Cunningham’s work examines physical displacement in the environment, focusing on the gap between what is real and the fictional. Within this dislocation, themes of loss and absence become apparent often centering on everyday places, their reinventing and questioning their status, usage, and how they have been altered to accommodate human engagement. Implied in this alteration is a nostalgia, a longing for what has been lost. The open receptive nature of the work is an attendant to that absence.

Biography: After graduation from DIT in 1996 Padraig Cunningham co-founded Stoney Batter Studio and subsequently was involved in numerous shows including an emerging artist exhibition at the Ashford Gallery, RHA, and solo shows at the Cross Gallery, Dublin. In 2005 he moved to Boyle, Co. Roscommon and was Artist in Residence for a number of years in The Dock Art Centre, Co Leitrim, which culminated in a group exhibition, ‘Convergence’. In 2009 Padraig  was awarded Trade residency, an international residency working with the artist Darren Almond, funded by Leitrim and Roscommon arts offices. This programme concluded with the Trade conference and an exhibition titled ‘Sequence’. In 2011 Padraig was invited to participate in an international project and residency in Bodh Gaya, India. The work was exhibited in Patina, India, and in Galway at Tulca 2011.  In 2015 he completed SPARK residency; a collaboration with a technology enterprise center, the subsequent work Emergent Properties was exhibited as a conclusion to the project. In 2017 and 2018, along with artist Karl Burke I was commissioned by Roscommon Art Center curator Linda Shevlin to make collaborative work with a Brothers of Charity group in Roscommon. He also worked with artist Anna Macleod on the Park Project; Portrait of a Lake and in 2018 collaborated with artist Mark Garry that was purchased by IMMA as a recent acquisition. In 2019 he completed a MA Art in the Contemporary World, NCAD with the thesis project exhibited at the Goethe-Institut Dublin.
Padraig currently lives in Boyle, County Roscommon, and runs his own graphic design business along with his art practice.