2012-2014: Masters in Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, UK

2007-2011: Bachelors in Fine Art (First), GMIT, IRE


2019            Artist Residency Award, Cill Rialaig, Kerry, IRE

2018            Shortlist John Moore’s painting prize, Liverpool, UK

                    Shortlist Royal Ulster Academy’s annual exhibition, Belfast, NI

                    Shortlist Jacksons Open painting prize, London, UK

                    Shortlist Visual Art Open Prize, Chester, UK

                    Shortlist It’s Art Call, London, UK

                    Financial Award, Clare County Council, Clare, IRE

2016            Financial Award, Clare County Council, Clare, IRE

2014            AB Associates, private commission, London, UK

                    Shortlist Royal Ulster Academy’s annual exhibition, Belfast, NI

2011             Shortlist Fulbright Scholarship fund, Dublin, IRE

2013            Financial Award, Clare County Council, Clare, IRE

2012            Travel and Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland, Dublin, IRE

2011              Freyer Award, Graduate Student Art Awards, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, IRE

                    Shortlist Claremorris Open, Mayo, IRE

Artist statement

Aisling Drennan makes abstract oil paintings about the variable properties of oil paint, how it can be structured and the consequence of mark-making on canvas.

Working analytically the paintings are visual dialogues seeking the delicate balance between chaos and structure with a ruthlessness in how information is selected and deleted.

Each painting is constructed to a point of completion through a process of paint layering and specific application of vinyl tape. It is then deconstructed through the removal of tape, revealing painted under and over layers; a practice of finding and loosing the painting until visually robust.

Her practice is influenced by the abstract expressionist movement and the expressive content of her own experiences as a professional dancer.  Artists such as Joan Mitchel, Sean Scully, Fiona Rae and Willem de Kooning have informed her development arriving at its current state where the onus is on the physical act of painting.

Drennan’s approach to painting is playful even irresponsible at times; a concoction of ultimate strife and ultimate indulgence.

Solo exhibitions:

2018             Paint Tangling, Graham Hunter Gallery, London, UK

2017             Conceal/Reveal, 5th Base Gallery, London, UK

Group exhibitions:

2019            Elevate, The Shard, London, UK

2018             Flux, The Cookhouse Gallery, London, UK

2016            Summer Arts Prize (finalist), Lacey Contemporary Gallery, London, UK

2015            Let Grass Roots Grow, A-side B-side Gallery, London, UK

                     Sunday in the Park with Ed, Display Gallery, London, UK

                     London Irish Art, Central Hall Museum, London, UK

2014            Stop It, MFA Graduate Show, Central Saint Martins,  London, UK

2013             Exhibition Auction, Lethaby Gallery, London, UK

                     Something Recalled, Glor Gallery, Clare, IRE

                     In Transit, V22 Gallery, London, UK

2011             Royal Dublin Society Graduate Winners, Farmleigh House, Dublin, IRE

                    Graduate Student Art Awards, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, IRE

                    BFA Graduate Show, GMIT, Galway, IRE

Previous Career:

Prior to commencing my Fine Art education, I toured internationally with ‘Riverdance – The Show’ as an Irish dancer performing in over 400 cities covering 43 countries over 6 continents. Highlights include dancing on the The Great Wall of China & The Great Hall of the People (Beijing), The Acropolis (Athens), the Kremlin (Moscow),  Antilia House (Mumbai), for empress Michiko (Tokyo), the Crowned Prince of Dubai (UAE) Brian O’Driscoll’s Testimonial (London), BBC Red Nose Day (London), The Ant & Dec Show (London) and The John Bishop Show (London). Featured Dvd’s ‘Riverdance: Today’s Stars’ (2007) & ‘Riverdance Live from Beijing’ (2010).