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 expressionist 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.