Pigyard Gallery's end of year exhibition has very much a feeling of Christmas feel about it. Artist Paul Maloney uses generous dollops of creamy, colourful paint to create a feast of still-life paintings and conjure a world of nostaligia for simple pleasures. In this show of recent paintings, 'Still Lifes and Other Delights', warm light pushes back the rich, dark, winter shadows to reveal glistening fruit, vegetables, jugs, bowls and shining cutlery.
That his work is in great demand combined with running a successful pottery business makes it a difficult task to assemble a body of work. For this reason, Paul Maloney has had few solo exhibitions. Nevertheless, he has had great success as an outdoor painter, winning the Mayoral award at Ireland's Art in the Open festival in 2005 and this year he created the winning painting at 'Paint Annapolis' in Maryland, USA, ahead of thirty talented landscape painters. In recent years he has travelled regularly to paint around Mediterranean countries. This exhibition is, therefore, an opportunity to see a collection of Paul's paintings. In addition to the still life compositions, the exhibition features a number of other recent themes such as horse-racing, childhood and the urban landscape..