Donald Teskey RHA has been awarded the Tony O’Malley Residency Award for 2022/23.
The residency, administered by the RHA School, is awarded on an annual basis to an artist who wishes to work primarily in the medium of paint.
Donald Teskey is a graduate of Limerick School of Art and Design. Teskey came to prominence through his skill as a draughtsman during the 1980s. Since 1992 he has crafted out a substantial body of work as a painter focusing on landscape and the environment. His images reflect his response to the formal elements of composition; shape, form and fall of light resulting in powerful images of instantly recognisable parts of the landscape with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless, energetic and elemental force of nature.
He is the recipient of residency awards and fellowships in Ireland and abroad, including the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland, 1996. Vermont Studio Centre, 2002, The Josef and Annie Albers Foundation 2006 and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, 2012. He had his first USA solo exhibition at the List Gallery, Swarthmore College PA in 2017 and was artist in residence at Swarthmore College funded by the William J. Cooper Foundation.
He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy since 2003 and a member of Aosdána since 2006.
Teskey’s work has been exhibited in Ireland, the USA and the UK and in exhibitions on mainland Europe, Canada, China, and South Africa. Collections include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Yale University Art Gallery, Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery, corporate and private collections worldwide.
His new show Donald Teskey: Decade opens at the RHA on 09 September 2022. Decade explores Donald Teskey’s painting career in the last ten years, 2012 – 2022, a prolific period for the artist in which he has produced several significant artworks. From Crum Creek, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA to the west coast of Ireland and the streets of Paris, Decade traces Teskey’s remarkable skill in articulating the energy and tactility of nature.
He is represented by Oliver Sear Gallery, Dublin.
Image: Donald Teskey RHA, Veiled, 2020, 76 x 105 cm acrylic on paper. Photo credit, Donald Teskey.