New Horizon | Ciaran Bowen

10th January – 4th February 2024
Official opening: Saturday 13th January 4–6pm

Ciaran Bowen’s current body of work focuses on the process of materiality of paint; he manipulates and pushes the paint through a variety of processes. By combining paint with industrial materials, it allows the surface of the work to be moved outside the four cornered canvas and blur the space between what is painting and what is a sculpture. His work is non-representational focusing more on composition, form and colour and how they acquire the space that they hang in to be investigated by the viewer.

About the artist: 

Ciaran Bowen (b. 1990) is an artist based in Wexford. He achieved his BA (Hons) in Fine Art from SETU Wexford in 2015.

His work predominantly focuses on the materiality of paint and how it can be manipulated and pushed through a variety of processes. By combining the paint with industrial materials, it allows the surface of the work to be moved outside the constraints of traditional painting. By drying sheets of paint, he manipulates them by cutting, collaging, printing and flooding the surface of the work. It is not only about the surface of the work but the interplay of materials/ forms and how they intersect.

Recent shows include: (2023) The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London, (2023/2022) RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin, (2023) Cape Sacred, West Wales Art Center and (2022) A Slight Hiccup, La Grange Gallery, France. He was a recipient of the “Making and Momentum: In Conversation with Eileen Gray” Artist Prize (2022) awarded by Fashion designer Richard Malone as well as the Artlinks Bursary Award (2022). His work is also held in public and private collections including Carlow IT (2015), Wexford County Council (2019) and Wexford Arts Centre (2018 & 2021). As well as private collections in Ireland, United Kingdom and USA.

Ciaran Bowen is the Winner of the Solo Show 2022/2023 GOMA Gallery of Modern Art Award selected by Artforms Annual Exhibition selection panel judges: Eamon Colman, Maurice Quillinan and Gabhann Dunne. 

 

Main Image: Sweet Spots, Ciaran Bowen, 55 x 45 x 9 cm. Acrylic, Oil, Spray Paint, Silicone, Paint Skins and Canvas on Expanding Foam. Courtesy of the artist. 

Bottom image: Surface Tension, Ciaran Bowen 2023, 29 x 22 x 5cm. Acrylic, Oil, Spray Paint, Silicone, Paint Skins and Canvas on Expanding Foam. Courtesy of the artist.