Aidan Crotty: Mapping and painting the physical presence.


8 Oct, 2022 - 9 Oct, 2022

A two-day masterclass that will focus on decomposition and painting the found object.

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The subject Crotty will focus on in this two-day workshop will be decomposition and the found object. Participants will begin with the fundamentals of drawing directly from life using a compass and ruler to measure and gauge the form. Covering aspects such as how to scale up drawings and how to transfer these measurements to the painting surface. The class will use their drawings and physical objects as references for their painting, exploring the materials and processes through practical demonstration and discussion.

Crotty’s painting practice focuses primarily on observed accounts of overlooked spaces and the broader environment around him where he lives. Crotty consistently encircles the subject of decomposition within the landscape. In his attempts to depict the impermanent, he often references dead wildlife and inanimate objects encountered in this landscape.

Artist bio:

Aidan Crotty (b. 1980) Waterford, currently lives and works in West Sligo. He graduated in 2004 from Fine Art Painting at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork. Aidan is involved with conveying the physical presence of the everyday through painting. Primarily a painter, he has been continually developing his practice since 2005 while also teaching and working with arts in the community. Most recently, Aidan was awarded the ESB Keating Award and Silver Medal for an outstanding artwork at the Royal Hibernian Academy 192nd Annual Exhibition 2022. He was the recipient of the Jackson’s Painting Prize for the Still Life / Botanical Award 2022 (UK) and the Zurich Portrait Prize 2020 at the National Gallery of Ireland.


Image: Aidan Crotty, Nylon Rope, Jetsam, oil on linen, 42 x 38 cm, © Aidan Crotty.

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  • Date:

    8 Oct, 2022 - 9 Oct, 2022
  • Time:

    10 - 17
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