David Begley

David Begley is an Irish artist based in Wexford, currently working in the mediums of drawing, animation, painting, printmaking and sound. 

In 2015 / 2016 work has been presented at Cinema Club, New York, Animfest 2015, Greece, Drawing 2015, Oriel Myrddin, Wales, Oriel Davies, Wales, Eigse Open, Carlow, The RHA, Dublin, DAS2015, Belfast. David’s solo exhibition ‘Breathe’ was held at The Linenhall Arts Centre and Wexford Arts Centre and was reviewed by The Sunday Times. David was awarded The Artists Film Award at In Motion, Stiwdio Maelor, Wales in 2015 and an Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary in 2014. Recent residency awards include The RHA, Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Cill Rialaig. His work can be found in the collections of AXA, The Contemporary Irish Art Society, EPA, OPW, INTO and Wexford County Council. David is a featured artist at The Drawing Suite.


Statement: 'I like to think that in the field of the visual universe, images exist of themselves and are waiting to be found. That is their purpose. Finding and revealing them is our purpose. Sometimes images find us, taking the form of sound, melody, words, invention, catalyst, cure. Seeing them manifested, reading them, sieving into what is helpful to you, believing or disbelieving them; is your purpose. In this way the image or the dream comes through.

To make monotypes, I roll a perspex plate with ink in order to cover it, to make the plate black. Then I begin to draw into this black, gently rubbing, scraping, wiping out light from the black, occasionally holding it up to the light of the studio window so that I can see what the image looks like. By wiping away ink, white appears in the black. This method is similar to ‘wiping out’ in oil painting using Turpentine and in charcoal drawing - where the eraser is used to draw light.

When I have finished drawing, in order to transfer the image from the plate to paper, I place the inked plate on the flat bed of an etching press, lay a sheet of paper over this, cover with a blanket, and slowly roll it through the etching press. The weight and pressure of the metal drum rolling over the blanket presses the plate into the paper leaving an impression [in reverse] of the inked plate. Now I lift the paper from the plate and can see my image. I leave the print to dry and I wipe the plate clean. As its name suggests, a Mono-type can only be one impression. One hand made print.

To find the next image, I begin again, rolling ink over the entire plate, making it black. Then I begin to draw light into it. I have no idea what I will draw before I begin, thoughts in images come to me as I work. It can be surprising what turns up. I love this surprise, the finding of an image in the dark.



BORN Dublin 1972


2001 - 2003 Colegsirgar, Wales
1990 - 1994 NCAD, Ireland

2015 Breathe, The Linenhall, Castlebar, Co Mayo 
2015 Breathe, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford 
2013 Drawings and paintings, The Presentation Centre, Wexford 
2012 Amke Tiem: Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
2008 Above & Below, Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow 
2007 Waypoints, Cross Gallery, Dublin
2007 Twelve Songs, The Norman Gallery, Wexford 
2005 Looking For Lotus, Newtownbarry House, Wexford
2004 Athos & Oriel, The Norman Gallery, Wexford 
2004 Limbo & The Three Legged Race, Cross Gallery, 
2003 The Three Legged Race, The Queens Hall, Wales
2000 Slowscars Building, Wexford Arts Centre
2000 Slumbertone, Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow
2000 Chameleon, Cross Gallery, Dublin
1996 David and Goliath, Ormond Multi Media, Dublin

2016 Imaginary Worlds, Oriel Davies, Powys, Wales 
2016 Little Lights, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford 
2015 Drawing 2015, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, Wales
2015 DAS2015, Bean Bag Cinema, Belfast 
2015 Annual RHA Exhibition, Dublin and 2014, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2001 
2015 Eigse Open, Visual Carlow and 2014, 2013, 2012, 2001
2015 Homeland, Damer House Gallery, Tipperary
2015 In Motion, Stwdio Maelor, Corris, Wales
2015 Birr Arts Festival 
2014 Towards Abstraction, Wexford County Council 
2013 Irish Wave 2013, Beijing and Shanghai, China
2013 Drawing and Painting, Newtownbarry House, Wexford 
2013 DLR Open Submission, Concourse, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
2013 Furniture, curated by Will O'Kane, Wexford Opera Festival 
2012 VUE National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Dublin 
2012 In the absence of colour
Visual, Carlow
2012 4 x 4, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
2012 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow and 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 

2011 The Norman Gallery, and 2010, 2009, 2008
2010 Wexford Opera Festival, The Norman Gallery
2009 AAF Paris, Espace Champerret, Paris
2009 Boyle Arts Festival 
2009 With Robert Ryan, The Norman Gallery, Wexford 
2008 Contemporary Irish Art, Orlando, Florida 
2007 Kilkenny Arts Festival [Jonathan Swift Gallery]
2007 Creation To Faith, St Teresa's Church, Dublin
2006 Birr Arts Festival, Offaly 
2006 Hunt Museum, Limerick 
2005 Portrait Ireland, Newtownbarry House Gallery
2005 Cross Gallery, Dublin and 2004, 2001 
2005 Jonathan Swift Gallery, Northern Ireland 
2004 Full Circle, Temple Bar gallery, Dublin
2004 Dubliners, hopewire, Wexford 
2004 Presence, hopewire, Wexford
2002 Wales Drawing Biennale, Wrexham 
and Aberystwyth Arts Centres, Wales 
2002 Art Of The Possible, RHA Dublin
2001 Irish Arts Showcase, Carmarthen, Wales



2016 Show me the animation, Bristol 
2016 2nd Animation Marathon, Athens Greece
2016 Walcot Winterfest, Bath 
2016 The Picturehouse Film Society, Wexford & 2014 
2015 Cinema Club, Brooklyn, New York 
2015 Athens Animfest 2015, Greece 
2015 Tech Amergin Arts Centre, Kerry 
2015 Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow
2015 Cloughjordan CineClub, Tipperary 
2014 Spiegeltent Festival, Wexford 

2014 Artists' Resource Room, Co Clare 
2014 Made in Kerry, Kerry Film Festival

2015, 2014, 2013 Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Residency
2015, 2013, 2011 Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Kerry 
2013 Joint 2nd prize, DLR Open Submission 
2012 Tyrone Guthrie Bursary, Wexford County Council
2004 Visual Arts Bursary, Wexford County Council 
2002 Arts Council Joint Commission Award: 
The Resurrection Church of The Most Holy Trinity, Bunclody,
Co Wexford 
2000 Literature Bursary, Wexford County Council

AXA Insurance, Ireland
Contemporary Irish Art Society 
Cross Gallery
Environmental Protection Agency
Irish National Teachers Organisation
Newtownbarry House Gallery
The Norman Gallery
Office of Public Works
Wexford County Council
Wexford Vocational College