Paul McCloskey


Biography
Paul McCloskey was born in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and is now living and working in Gorey Co. Wexford. Paul attended the National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D) Dublin from 1981 and graduated in 1986. (ANCAD) (PGdipEd). Paul also attended De Montfort University UK and was awarded a Master’s Degree in Fine art (MFA) in 2010. Paul is a professional member of ‘visual artists Ireland’.  He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally throughout the UK, London, Venice, Paris, Macedonia and New York.

He was the 2016 recipient of the special award by the international jury at the Osten Biennial of Drawing/Works on paper in Skopje, Macedonia where five of his works now form a permanent part of the 'World Gallery Of Drawing Collection' of the Museum of Drawing/Works on Paper.


Paul has work in the following collections:



Monaghan County Council, art collection.


Wexford County Council, art collection.


OSTEN Art Collection, World Gallery Of Drawing, Skopje, Republic    of Macedonia


Smurfit Collection


Irish Bank of Commerce


Monaghan VEC


Kavanagh Heritage Centre, Monaghan


RTE


Connemara design centre


Ashfield College, Dublin


Civic Centre, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan   


As well as numerous private collections throughout the country.


Selected Exhibitions:



2017 - GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford, Annual Juried Group Exhibition - 17th August - 23rd September


2016 - 18th October - EWAA...East, West Art Award, Shortlisted/Finalists’ Exhibition. La Galleria, Pall Mall, London.


2016 - 22nd September - 27th October - EXHIBITION of the AWARDED ARTISTS of the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/Works on Paper, World Gallery of Drawing - Skopje, Macedonia.


2016 - OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/WORKS ON PAPER (5 works) Skopje 2016 March -August.


2016 - ‘ESCAPE’ - (Curated by Michelle de Forge - Artists - Cecilia Danell, Lelia Henry, Rosemary Langtry, Paul McCloskey, Maria O'Brien, Emily Rainsford and Edward White. Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise IRL. 23rd June - 31st July 2016


2015 - LONDON CALLING 015 - 22nd - 25th October -one of thirty international artists selected to exhibit at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank London this October. Selected jointly by 'LONDON CALLING 015' and 'ART NOW/ARTISTS FAIR LONDON'.


2015 - August -International Exhibition of Contemporary Art - VENEZIA ’15 Grand’ Art, Gallery of the Art Centre San Vidal - Scoletta San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy.


2015 -6th - 31st July - 'THE OMEGA 3d'- (Solo exhibition) - The Alley Theatre/Arts Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone


2014 - September, ‘Little Kingdoms’, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.


2014 -'Enniskillen Visual Arts Open' international exhibition, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre,Co. Fremanagh. 11th September 2014 - 11th October.


2014 - 'Signal Open' Exhibition, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co.Wicklow - 6th - 17th August.


2011/13 - '1st - 3rd Splash Art Festival' Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios, Dublin (Invited Artist)


2013 - September 19th - 23rd October - ‘Ireland in our eyes’, London Irish Centre, Camden Sq, London.


2013 - “Clouds” - International Exhibition Of Contemporary Art - August (2013) - Centro Storico /The Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy.


2013 - July 25th - Sept' 10th - 2013 - ‘The Story of the Creative’, (invited artist) See | Exhibition space, 26-19 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 New York.


2013 - ‘Awakenings Reloaded’ - Market House Arts Centre, Monaghan Town. (Arts Council Ireland and Monaghan Co. Council) (Solo show)


2011/12/13 -THE SCOOP Contemporary art exhibition. Mealy's/Centre for Creative Practices.


2011 - 'Harvest' - Hive Gallery and Studios - Waterford - Open Submission.


2011 - 'Pink Pink Pink' - Mad Art gallery and Studios-Dublin- Open submission.


2011 - 'Masters Exhibition' - De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. (Solo show)


2009 - Gallery Show - Henry Gilmore Gallery - Belfast.


2007 - ’08 - Group Show - Art Upstairs - Rosslare.


2006 - ‘07 - Salon Exhibition - Montserrat Gallery of Contemporary Art - New York.


2006 - "Awakenings (The Alpha)" - Art upstairs Gallery - Wexford festival opera (Solo Show)


2006 - " Summer group show - Clifden art gallery Galway


2005 - " Christmas/Summer Show" - OS/B Gallery Enniskerry


2005 - “Summer show” - Kennedy Gallery Dublin


2002/04 - "Eigse - Carlow arts festival - open selection.


2003 - "East meets West" Invited artist Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan.


2001 - "Wexford Opera Festival" - Wexford Arts Centre (Invited Artist) (2 person show).


2001 - "Group Show" - Taylor Gallery Belfast.


2001 - "Scenes before the eye" Agora Gallery (2 person show) Broadway, Manhattan, New York.


2000 - "Comhairle Bhaile Cheanntair" (solo show) (Public works) Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.


2000 - "CELTIC CONNECTIONS" - (The Arts Council Ireland.) (A Welsh/ Irish exchange exhibition of four short listed artists) Fishguard Wales.


1999 - ‘Round About’ Gorey Summer Fair (Solo Exhibition)


1998 - "Award winners exhibition" (Wexford arts centre, sponsored by Lions club and Arts Council Ireland.) (Solo Show)


1997 - 2000 - “Lions Club exhibition “(Arts Centre Wexford)


1997 - “Group show” (Watch house Gallery Enniscorthy)


1996 - "Opera festival show” Wexford Arts Centre- Solo Exhibition-(Sponsored by Guinness Ireland and The Arts council Ireland)


1995 - "Christmas show" (2 man show) (Woodland arts and crafts gallery Gorey)


1995 - 2005 - "Wexford showcase" (Arts centre Wexford)


1995 - "Art with a view" (Wexford Co. Council. A short listed exhibition of six artists)


1994 - "Monaghan Artists" (Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan)


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"Paul McCloskey's art is beautiful and profound"... "My initial response to Paul’s work was a single monosyllabic utterance: “Whoa.” Not exactly T.S Elliot, but the feeling was there, I assure you"
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"It is rare that a work of art, or a series of works, strikes me with a physical as well as an emotional reaction. The work of Paul McCloskey is literally breathtaking in its composition, colour, and execution"
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"He plays masterfully with light, colour, contrast and texture to give the viewer a visual banquet, drawing us into his world of being, transporting us to that place of no mind. The ‘beautiful and profound’ in McCloskey’s paintings combine to make something truly desirable, powerful and extraordinary"

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2017 - GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford, Annual Juried Group Exhibition - 17th August - 23rd September


* Recipient of ‘The Artists Support Award’ - Monaghan County Council - 2017


* Feature in ‘1340ART International Art Magazine Blog’ - 2017......click HERE


* Just published new feature and interview with 'The Contemporary Art Review' 'NotRandomArt' April 2017
Click HERE to read


* 2016 Runner up for the Art Registry World grant.
Award........Article Published in ART NEWS (during the year), ARW FEATURED ARTIST and Featured Interview, 5 Art Works Auctioned, Official Professional Press Release Sent to 500 Galleries, 400 Collectors, 100 Art Critics, 200 Curators, 100 Art Blogs, 1 Image  Displayed for 1 Month on FRONT Page BIG Slide Show (During the Year)


* 2016 Finalist in the EWAA.....East, West Art Award (Japan - Worldwide) (International judges headed by Colin Wiggins, National Gallery, London) Finalists Exhibition at La Galleria, Pall Mall, London.......18th October 2016.


* Delighted to be the Recipient of the SPECIAL AWARD by the International Jury - (Patricia SCHNELL-GUETIERREZ - Artist (USA), Ursula BODE (Germany) - Journalist and art critic,Venceslav ANTONOV - curator (Bulgaria) on the OSTEN BIENNIAL of Drawing/works on paper.  Skopje, Macedonia.  (2016).....more information HERE.
Visual Artists Ireland post.... Click HERE.


* LONDON INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE COMPETITION, Awarded Honourable Mention (2016)


* 2016 - 22nd September - 27th October - EXHIBITION of the AWARDED ARTISTS of the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/Works on Paper, World Gallery of Drawing - Skopje, Macedonia.


* Escape - Curated by Michelle de Forge - Artists - Cecilia Danell, Lelia Henry, Rosemary Langtry, Paul McCloskey, Maria O'Brien, Emily Rainsford, and Edward White.
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise IRL. 23rd June - 31st July 2016. Click HERE for further information.


* Five works on show at the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/WORKS ON PAPER Skopje 2016 ongoing.


* Shortlisted/finalist in Abstract/experimental art, featured in 'International Artists magazine'. (August) 2016....click HERE.


* ART QA - New York - Vol 4 2016 - Feature/Interview just published click HERE to read


* New book release 'EXHIBEO - Selected Art Reviews and Interview - vol. 1 - 2016' by Jonathan Raddatz click HERE to purchase


* '3D Art In A Whole New Light' 2016 - Review/feature in 'The Art Elephant' tae...Click HERE


* Awarded Honourable award/feature in Artist Portfolio magazine 5 year anniversary edition.

 
* LONDON CALLING 015 - October 2015 - Delighted to be one of only thirty international artists selected to exhibit at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank London this October. Selected jointly by 'LONDON CALLING 015' and 'ART NOW/ARTISTS FAIR LONDON'.

* August 2015 - Delighted to be selected for 'Art Reveal' visual arts magazine (Interview) Click HERE to read.


* 2015 - August -International Exhibition of Contemporary Art - VENEZIA ’15 Grand’ Art, Gallery of the Art Centre San Vidal - Scoletta San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy.


* 6th - 31st July 2015 - 'THE OMEGA 3d'- Solo exhibition - The Alley Theatre/Arts Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone



* Just published - Selected to be featured in ‘THE STATE OF ART’ Art Book (Bare Hill Publishing, UK) 'SCULPTURE & 3D (Click HERE to view eBook, also hard copy now available to purchase on Amazon.co.uk click HERE to order)


* Just published - an interview with Arts Illustrated visual arts magazine....click HERE to read.


* Special invite to exhibit in an international group exhibit in the Louvre, paris on the 13th July 2015


* Selected to be featured in ‘THE STATE OF ART’ Art Book (Bare Hill Publishing, UK) ‘LANDSCAPE AND PORTRAIT’ (Click HERE to view ebook, also hard copy now available to purchase on Amazon.co.uk click HERE to order)


* EXHIBEO art magazine, 'Landscapes in motion' (3rd) ('14) Click HERE to see review by Jonathan Raddatz


* 'Abstracts' - Light, Space and Time, International Art Competition, Special Merit Award ('14)


* Now Featured (September 2014 featured artist) in 'Re< >Dux' International Arts Magazine......hard copy available mid-September......click HERE to view article.


* September, ‘Little Kingdoms’, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.


* 'Enniskillen Visual Arts Open' international exhibition, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre, Co. Fremanagh. 11th September 2014 - 11th October 2014.


* 'Signal Open' Exhibition, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow - 6th - 17th August 2014.


* ARTslant - 2014 - 4th international visual art (mixed media) Showcase winner. (Juried -Joanna Szupinska-Myers, Curator of Exhibitions at the California Museum of Photography - Sebastian Campos, Principal, THE MISSION, Chicago | Houston - Anca Rujoi, Curator, CCA - Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore)


* Creative Quarterly 35, The Journal of Art & Design, New York - Fine Art Professional - winner ('14) (hard copy now available)


* MAB3 | Media 3. Art Biennial - London - Diploma of Excellence (Honourable Award) (’14)


* Now featured in 'DONTPOSTME' - a quarterly magazine about the latest trends in contemporary art - Curated by Azamat Akhmadbaev & Zulya Kumukova (See Reviews/Text)


* LandEscape interview now published - Click HERE to read
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* 15th Annual Abstraction Juried International Art Exhibition” Upstream Gallery, Omaha, (3 special recognition awards) ('13)


* 2013 - November 9th - '3rd Splash Art Festival' Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios, Dublin.


* 2013 - September 19th - 23rd October - ‘Ireland in our eyes’ (Urbankelt), London Irish Centre, Camden Sq., London.


* July 25th - Sept' 10th - 2013 - ‘The Story of the Creative’, (invited artist) See | Exhibition space, 26-19 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 New York.


* August - 2013 - 'Clouds' - International Exhibition Of Contemporary Art, Centro Storico/The Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy.


* June - August 3rd - 2013 - 'Awakenings Reloaded' (solo Exhibition) the Market house Arts Centre/Gallery in Monaghan town from 13th June until 5th August 2013. Thank you to Monaghan Arts Centre, County Council and the Irish Arts Council. ‘Awakenings Reloaded’ is the second in the series of a developing trilogy, building on 'Awakenings (The Alpha)’ series.





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