Classical and Contemporary Techniques

David Begley is an artist and writer born in Dublin 1972, he currently lives and works in County Wexford. He studied at NCAD and The West Wales School of The Arts. Begley’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited in America, Australia, Britain, France, China and he exhibits regularly in Ireland. His anthropomorphic landscapes and allegorical figurative works utilise classical and contemporary techniques whilst drawing upon invention as much as observation.

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Drawing from the Human Figure

“Both works in this collection come from a body of work titled Limbo. The works begin as drawings from the human figure, concentrating often on detilas of joints and limbs. Collectively the paintings have a sense of stillness about them. With each new body of work my intention is to evolve my painting, this time my focus has been on the use of a limited palette.” – David Begley

“In Begley’s art we are immediately thrust into multiple worlds of the real and the imaginary rendered through a pallette […] to more sombre browns, grenns and blacks. These are paintings full of atmosphere and intrigue with vague outlines of dwellings, rocks, caves, ships and some allusive figures.” – Dr Brenda Moore-McCann: David Begley and The Poetics of Potential, 2012.

Begley has held many solo exhibitions in Ireland, his most recent: ‘Drawings and paintings’ at The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy [2013] and ‘Amke Tiem’ at Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin [2012]. In 2002 he was commissioned to paint ‘The Resurrection’ for The Church of The Most Holy Trinity, Bunclody, County Wexford, Ireland. The commission was co-funded by The Arts Council of Ireland.

Recent group exhibitions include ‘Irish Wave’ a series of exhibitions in Beijing and Shanghai [2013] and Carlow Arts Festival Open Submission exhibition at Visual Centre for Contemporary Art [2013, 2012]. In 2012 he was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Bursary Award by Wexford County Council and in 2011 and 2013 David was awarded residencies at Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry.

His work can be found in the public collections of AXA Insurance Ireland, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Irish National Teachers Organisation, Office Of Public Works and Wexford County Council. He is a featured artist on The Drawing Suite. David will be working at a studio at The RHA, Dublin for three months from April 2014.


Colegsirgar, Wales, 2001- 2003

NCAD, Ireland, 1990- 1994


Drawings and paintings, The Presentation Centre, Co Wexford, 2013

Amke Tiem: Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin, 2012

Above & Below, Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow, 2008

Waypoints, Cross Gallery, Dublin, 2007

Twelve Songs, The Norman Gallery, Wexford, 2007

Looking For Lotus, Newtownbarry House, Wexford, 2005

Athos & Oriel, The Norman Gallery, Wexford, 2004

Limbo & The Three Legged Race, Cross Gallery, Dublin, 2004

The Three Legged Race, The Queens Hall, Wales, 2003

Slowscars Building, Wexford Arts Centre, 2000

Slumbertone, Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow, 2000

Chameleon, Cross Gallery, Dublin, 2000

David and Goliath, Ormond Multi Media, Dublin, 1996


Towards Abstraction, Wexford County Council, 2014

Eigse Open Submission, Visual Carlow 2013, 2012, 2006, 2001

Irish Wave 2013, Beijing and Shanghai, China, 2013

Drawing and Painting, Newtownbarry House, Wexford, 2013

DLR Open Submission, Concourse, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, 2013

Furniture, curated by Will O’Kane, Wexford Opera Festival, 2013

Pride, Ballymaloe House, Cork, 2013

VUE National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Dublin, 2012

In the absence of colour, Visual, Carlow, 2012

4 x 4, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin, 2012

Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

The Norman Gallery, Wexford  2011 and 2010, 2009, 2008

Wexford Opera Festival, The Norman Gallery, 2010

AAF Paris, Espace Champerret, Paris, 2009

Boyle Arts Festival, 2009

Two person show With Robert Ryan, The Norman Gallery, Wexford, 2009

Contemporary Irish Art, Orlando, Florida, 2008

Kilkenny Arts Festival [Jonathan Swift Gallery], 2007

Creation To Faith, St Teresa’s Church, Dublin, 2007

Annual RHA Exhibition, RHA Dublin 2006 and 2005, 2004, 2001

Birr Arts Festival, Offaly, 2006

Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, 2006

Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2006

Portrait Ireland, Newtownbarry House Gallery, 2005

Cross Gallery, Dublin, 2005and 2004, 2001

Jonathan Swift Gallery, Northern Ireland, 2005

Full Circle, Temple Bar gallery, Dublin, 2004

Dubliners, hopewire, Wexford, 2004

Wales Drawing Biennale, Wrexham, 2002

Aberystwyth Arts Centres, Wales, 2002

Art Of The Possible, RHA Dublin, 2002

Irish Arts Showcase, Carmarthen, Wales, 2001


Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Residency, 2014

Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Kerry, 2013

Joint 2nd prize, DLR Open Submission, 2013

Tyrone Guthrie Bursary, Wexford County Council, 2012

Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Kerry, 2011

Visual Arts Bursary, Wexford County Council, 2004

Arts Council Joint Commission Award: The Resurrection Church of The Most Holy Trinity, Bunclody, Co Wexford, 2002

Literature Bursary, Wexford County Council, 2000


AXA Insurance, Ireland

Contemporary Irish Art Society

Cross Gallery

Environmental Protection Agency


Irish National Teachers Organisation

Newtownbarry House Gallery

The Norman Gallery

Office of Public Works

Wexford County Council

Wexford Vocational College

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