Damien Flood’s paintings stem from an interest in early writings on philosophy, theology, alchemy and the natural sciences. He uses these as starting points to explore the mutability of reality and language. The paintings he creates balance somewhere between landscape and figuration. They are psychological portraits and maps to different worlds. Flood is interested in creating a duality in his imagery, exploring how one image can contain multiple meanings and readings.
A primary concern in Flood’s paintings is how we see and read the world around us. Using a gestural and intuitive line, he creates images that relay his experience of the places he visits and the people he meets. The influences in Flood’s paintings are wide, ranging from collecting oral histories of small coastal towns to research trips to deserts in Dubai and Sharjah. During these periods of research he leaves himself open to the experiences that present themselves, allowing one meeting to lead to another.
The people and cultures Flood encounters are only tentatively documented through drawing and audio recordings. In the studio an almost archaeological process occurs, intuitively painting and allowing different themes and motifs to arrive naturally on the canvas. The titles of each work, usually a one word title, act as a guide for the viewer. They can be read as a key to his thinking behind the work, and the research that brought him there. The titles themselves can often have dual meanings, opening up the reading of the work even further.
Flood’s paintings create a re-imaging of the world by merging the stories, experiences and memories through the medium of paint. Puzzles, mysteries and questions are presented, through a mixing of different languages and view points, to create a place for meditative reflection. The images Flood produces mix the universal and the personal, the grand and the absurd. They try to communicate something that escapes written word; something that is experienced and felt.
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 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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