• Colm Mac Athlaoich (2017). Oil on linen, 122x168 cm.
  • Colm Mac Athlaoich, The Climb (2017). Oil on linen, 69x58 cm.


Colm Mac Athlaoich—Traveling without Moving

Private View: Wednesday 5th July, 6–8pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th 2017, 12–6pm


This exhibition brings together large and small format paintings in which abstract scenes are loosely formed by the suggestion of foliage and puddles, grids and lozenges or prop-like objects and curtains. The work is divided into two bodies, one created in Dublin and another while on residency in Cyprus. While Mac Athlaoich develops each work instinctively without a preconceived idea of the finished result, there is visual coherence to the overall group of paintings and prints on view, both in their similar palettes as well as in recurring motifs and seamless integration of organic and non-organic forms. Mac Athlaoich is interested in the painting process as a mobiliser of ideas and action. The various techniques and rudiments that exist in his practice, as a means to an end, can they have more of a significant role? The title of the exhibition suggests this, the act of recalling memories, visual reference points, the mental photograph all become tools in the creative process.

Colm Mac Athlaoich lives and works in Dublin, He graduated from NCAD in 2004 with a BFA in Print. He has been an exhibiting painter and printmaker since 2003, becoming a member of both the Graphic Studio Printmakers and The Black Church Print Studio. In 2006 he co-founded and directed Monster Truck Gallery and studios. As well as an exhibiting artist, he has worked as an editorial illustrator for many publications both nationally and internationally. He has exhibited extensively with works traveling as part of the OPW Collection.

Solo shows include Recent Works (2016) at Made Dublin, Botox (2014) at Unit H, Market Studios, Temple Bar Revisited (2012) at Monster Truck Gallery. Selected Group Shows include Out of Print (2016) The Library Project, 40/40/40 (2013) Centro Cultural Conde Duque Madrid.



Twitter: @macathlaoich

Instagram: @macathlaoich


Funded by Fingal County Council