As a former graffiti artist, my early subjects were of areas I often painted graffiti in, including non-pedestrian environments such as the railway, restricted areas and abandoned sites.

My work continues to consider the urban landscape even further, presenting banal and marginal exterior spaces, monolithic-like environments of asphalt and concrete, of fuel tank farms and car parks, describing pedestrian walks around infrastructures designed to accommodate vehicles.

2022 Arts Council Agility Award.
2021 Dublin Port Pumphouse Bursary.
2020 Arts Council Visual Artist Bursary. 
2015 Residency Fellowship, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo.
2013 Albert Cottages Artist Residency, DCC, Dublin.
2012 Artist in Residence, Draíocht, Dublin.
2010 Per Cent for Arts Scheme, Tralee, Co.Kerry.

Solo Exhibitions
2023 'Dublin Port 2021-2023', Oil Paintings, Axis Ballymun, Dublin.
2020 'Monolith', Oil Paintings, Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin.
2018 'Under the Sun'. Oil Paintings and Digital Imagery, Red Stables, Dublin.
2012 'Transient', Oil Paintings, Draiocht, Blachardstown, Dublin.
2009 'Pastoral City', Oil Paintings, Talbot Gallery & Studios, Dublin.
2007 The Loft Gallery, Oil Paintings and Spray-paint Works. Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 British Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London. 
2023 'Grit between my teeth', Atelier Now, Dublin.
2023 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2023 ‘New Acquisitions’, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo.
2022 ‘Rally’, Glovebox, Trinity St. Car-Park, Dublin.
2022 ‘Paipear’, Hang Tough Contemporary, Dublin.
2022 ‘Do You Dream?’ – The Space Between, Dublin.
2022 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2021 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2021 44 Annual Exhibition, Waterford
2021 ‘Outbuilding’, Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
2021 ‘Antiquity and the Anthropocene’, UCD, Dublin.
2020 RUA Winter Exhibition, Dublin.
2020 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2020 “Unseen”, Artcore Gallery, Derby, U.K.
2019 “That Space Between”, Duo Exhibition with James Kirwan. Experiments with Virtual Reality alongside spray-paint canvas works and light mapping, The Space Between, Dublin.
2019 “Folklore”, Damn Fine Print, Dublin.
2019 “In Response”, Two Birds Gallery, Seville, Spain.

2018-2008 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin.
2017–2009 Jonathan Swift Gallery, Kilkenny, Wexford, Belfast.
2015 RUA Annual Exhibition, Belfast.
2014 “End of the Line”, Mabos, Dublin.
2013 Culture Night, Collaboration with composer Abigail Smith, The Lab, Dublin.
2011 VUE contemporary, Talbot Gallery, RHA, Dublin.
2011 “Gurriers”, Block T, Smithfield, Dublin.
2011-2009 Winter & Summer Exhibitions, Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow.
2010 “Irish Wave”, Beijing, China.
2010 “Europe – A world of possibilities”, EU house, Dublin.
2010 “Show Off”, OFFSET, Dublin.
2010 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo.
2009 “After Dark”, RHA, Dublin.
2009 “Reading the City”, EV+A, Limerick.
2009 “Town & Country”, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin.
2007 Duo Exhibition with Maser, Filmbase, Dublin. 
2007 ‘Burquitlim’, Vancouver, Canada.

OPW State Art Collection, Ireland.
Dublin Port, Ireland.
Balinglen Arts Foundation Collection, Ireland.
Private Collections in Ireland, UK, Germany, Canada, and USA.

Selected Projects
2019 Eleven works for private commission, Hang Tough Gallery, Dublin.
2019 Four works for private commission, Iverna, Dublin. 
2017 Mural & Presentation, Vermeer, and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry, National Gallery of Ireland.
2018/2017/2015 Education projects, National Gallery of Ireland.
2014 Six works for private commission, Iverna, Dublin.
2014 Red Square Project, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny.
2014/2013 Artist in Residence, Mabos, Dublin.
2011 Dublin Contemporary “Roadworks”.

Selected Talks
2022 ‘Do You Dream?”, panel discussion, The Space Between, Dublin.
2022 ‘The allure of Car Parks”, Glovebox, Dublin.
2021 ‘Antiquity & the Anthropocene’, UCD, Dublin.
2021 ‘Outbuilding’, Overlooked Architecture, Source Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary. 
2017 ‘Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting’, National Gallery of Ireland, Wexford Arts Centre.

2003-1993 Graffiti Artist.

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