Class of 2023 • Painting

Áine Osborne

Áine Osborne
Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


The materiality of paint intrigues me. You can’t predict how paint will respond, it has a life of its own. I have explored this through large scale paintings studying light and movement, specifically on the surface of water. I interact with the water and my exchange is what I paint. I like to consider water as translocal, existing and moving between locations. Through this work I have captured something that only exists for a second, before dissolving into something else. This developed into a series of paintings studying maintenance. Approaching the subject with the material being my focus, I studied images taken inside the Garden House in IMMA. I’m interested in what the relationship is between work and art work. This interest stemmed from my fathers work, specifically his involvement in the restoration in IMMA in 1988. Here he restored the roof of the Garden House.I want to create something immersive, like you’re almost in it. I’ve developed this work responding to my personal attachment to colour. My way of understanding is through doing. With these blue series, I threw myself into the blue. The red work for me feels like a moment in time. The dusty red hue of this work is nostalgic, it doesn’t reference danger or warning. In the process of creating this work, I collaborated with the material, allowing the paint to choose what it wants to do, and reacting to that.
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