David Begley – Ireland

David was the winner of Stiwdio Maelor’s first competition to provide artists with a chance to win a fee free residency. The prize was a two week residency at Stiwdio Maelor. David had since returned to Maelor three times. During this residency, David will be running a mono printing workshop. Email stiwdiomaelor@gmail.com for details or visit workshop.

Irish artist David Begley works in the mediums of drawing, animation, painting, and sound. Throughout his animated films, nothing is permanent and all things transform. Lands become seas set a light by fires, by moons and stars. As viewers we are witnesses to the possibilities of creatures, humans, eggs, forms; all becoming. Being. Narratives come and go – the animations have no true beginning or end, prompting the next drawing to be found and made. These are meditative and emotive works which speak of birth, life, death and rebirth and its ever moving cycle. To make charcoal for his animations, David has collected driftwood from Aberaeron beach and beaches in Wexford.

In 2015 David’s animations and drawings were presented at Cinema Club, New York, Animfest 2015, Greece, Drawing 2015, Oriel Myrddin, Wales, Homeland, Damer House Gallery, Eigse Open, VISUAL, Carlow, The 185th Annual Exhibition RHA, Dublin and DAS2015, Beanbag Cinema, Belfast. David’s solo exhibition ‘Breathe’ was held at The Linenhall Arts Centre and Wexford Arts Centre. David was awarded The Artists Film Award at In Motion, Stiwdio Maelor, in 2015 and an Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary in 2014. Recent residency awards include The RHA Dublin, Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Cill Rialaig. His work can be found in the collections of AXA, The Contemporary Irish Art Society, The EPA, OPW, INTO and Wexford County Council. David is a featured artist at The Drawing Suite.

David Begley