Class of 2023 • Painting

Niamh King

Niamh King
National College of Art and Design (NCAD)


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


I relentlessly explore the possibilities of image making in painting. I draw upon the reverberant physicality of paint to create large-scale works on canvas. Gestural marks, scrubbing blotches and swaths of colour spill between line and mass, creating immersive and tactile surfaces. The works' faux naïve appearance disguises their intense processual demands. Bouncing from enchantment to disillusionment, the paintings explore interior and exterior space suggesting an ever changing landscape, both physical and psychological. I seek to plumb the phantoms of the past in painting, though I do so with a lightness of spirit and frenetic urgency, moving quickly through work. I draw from, collect, generate, distort and rework the visual information I am subject to in contemporary life. This information is broken apart and reconfigured through painting and drawing. Working in this way helps to process a feeling of information overload and reconciles impatience with constraints, both artistic and social.
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