Aisling Drennan holds a Masters in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, UK and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First) from GMIT, IRE.
Accolades include: 2020 Arts Bursary Award Winner, Women’s Irish Network (UK) selected for Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition (NI); 2019 selected artist in residence at Cill Rialaig Artists Centre (IRE); 2018 Shortlisted for the John Moore’s painting prize (Liverpool) & Jacksons Open painting prize (London); 2017 selected Fujitsu artist for global ad campaign; 2017 State Magazine (issue 23) listing as ‘one to watch’; 2011 winner of the Freyer Award for excellence in contemporary painting from the Royal Dublin Society Art Awards (IRE). Drennan was the cover artist for Risk magazine (Feb 2015/ March 2017) and the Good Art Guide (Sept 2016)
Aisling Drennan is a contemporary abstract painter with a practice rooted in the material curiosities and playfulness of oil paint.
Currently her painting practice is concerned with stone wall formations- their heaviness of form yet lightness of appearance. Studies of stone walls are abstracted and etched into layers of paintwork- constructed, deconstructed, scratched, rubbed and finally reapplied to form a new skin and begin the process over; a method of finding and losing the painting until visually robust.
Her practice is influenced by the abstract expressionist movement and the expressive content of her own experience as a former professional dancer with Riverdance- The Show. Artists such as Joan Mitchel, Sean Scully and Willem de Kooning have informed her development arriving at its current state of visual dialogue in abstract painting.
See Aisling’s most recent paintings here