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 than he has been in numerious group exhibitions including NGORONGORO, Lehder Strasse 34, Berlin (2015), Cú Chulainn Comforted, Basic Space, Dublin (2015), Promise of Palm Trees, Breese Little, London, (2015), Renew, Green On Red Gallery, Dublin (2014), Island: New Art from Ireland, Galleria Civica di Mondena, Italy (2013), Flood/Ni Bhriain/ Vari, Domobaal, London (2013), Making Familiar, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2012), Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2012), and Three,Theodore:Art, New York (2011).
After receiving the Royal Hibernian Academy's Elizabeth Fitzpatrick Travel Bursary in 2014 Damien undertook a research trip to Dubai which has resulted in the solo exhibition Infinite Plane at Gray Noise in Dubai (2015). The work exhibited explores the juxtaposition of the newly built landscape with the surrounding historical sites. Other solo exhibitions include Interior Sun in the Green On Red Gallery (2014) and Theatre of the World in Ormston House, Limerick (2012).
He was shortlisted 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. In 2012 Damien was selected to participate in the Marmite Painting Prize. The exhibition travelled to five UK venues, the Central Art Gallery, Tameside, the Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow, the Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art and Tannery Arts, London. Damien continues to live and work in Dublin.
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