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
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