Damien Flood's work is situated between fact and fiction. The paintings are modern landscapes that reference the history of painting with an underlying fantastical element. A fleeting familiarity can be found in the work that is soon replaced by an ambiguous questioning.
Gathering imagery from varied sources, the artist is particularly interested in the research trips of the nineteenth century that explored the oceans and 'new territories'. The illustrations gathered on these voyages evoke an otherworldly feel; although they are of actual plants and creatures, they contain a mystery and scepticism. It is this notion of the undiscovered, the other, the foreign landscape that Flood searches for within his practice.
Damien graduated from the MA in Fine Art, NCAD in 2008. He immediately was selected to exhibit in the John Moores contemporary painting exhibition in Liverpool followed by the Saatchi Space in London during Frieze ’08. Since then he has been in numerous other group exhibitions including Making Familiar at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Last at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Three at Theodore:Art New York, Futures 10 at RHA and Anopseudonymous in Five Hundred Dollars Gallery, London. He was shortlisted again for and exhibited in the John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize exhibition in 2010. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Focus Abengoa Painting Prize in Seville, Spain.
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