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For nearly 30 nearly years Letterkenny fine art photographer Paul Rooney has steadily exhibited and participated in a variety of arts activities both at home and further afield as his extensive CV testifies. Activities such as street theatre, teaching, community work, ceramics, sculpture, painting, illustration and design and more weave their way throughout his artistic career but his first and primary passion is photography. His ‘need’ to make work is embedded in the artist’s DNA and his back catalogue of exhibitions demonstrates his steadfast commitment to his practice. An Grianan Theatre is excited to present, a new exhibition entitled “Inside, Looking Out” which presents an overview of previous work as well as new works by the artist.
Paul has previously worked at the award winning Queen Street Studios, Belfast, taken part in a “Wider Horizons Programme” as an Internship at University of South Western Louisiana, Lafayette developing work in painting, sculpture and printmaking. He is a founding member of Letterkenny Artspace Studios as well as the Avant Garda Artists Collective who exhibit non-traditional works in non-gallery spaces and as part of this group he completed a residency at the Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence in May ’13. Paul has continued to exhibit his art locally, nationally and internationally and is represented in private collections in Ireland, England, France, Germany, Holland and the United States (Boston, Louisiana, California & Nebraska) and Irish public collections including Donegal County Council, OPW, ESB and LYIT.
To label Paul Rooney as an ‘urbane, urban chronicler’ is by no means an understatement as this exhibition testifies. His works privileges the viewer to a record of our environment and how we engage with it in both manmade and natural contexts. We, the audience, get to see as the artist see; what he notices, how he frames observations – but just as importantly we get to review and value what we had not noticed.
Paul’s new works are sparse, paired down and abstract and are elegantly composed of angular and linear visual dialogues. The colour, form and aesthetic values are without question and demonstrate the artists’ innately painterly perspective and competence. This body of work is a creative and valued chronicle of contemporary life in the North West.