Ciaran Lennon

Ciaran Lennon was born in Dublin. He studied at National College of Art and Design in Dublin, as a student of exceptional talent, under the direction of William Scott (1913-1989) and Charles Brady (1926-1997). Brady introduced Lennon particularly to the work of New York and turn of the century Paris and Egypt, which left an enduring influence on his own practice. He has consistently been at the fore of Irish art for the past thirty years.

Lennon can be described best as an abstract artist ‘with a minimal persuasion’. Of his work Lennon says that ‘…these paintings are addressed to the unknown lone viewer/ observer, the sole subject and centre of my art.’ Though his work attempts to defy content, his necessary synthesis between the personal world, achieved through his pragmatism of personal experience, and the external world of reality, in his exhibition space and purpose, has in a sense created content through the work of art in and of itself.

His works on aluminium have become distinctive of his style. His appeal in this material was its ability to reveal the painting, the ground as well as the viewer while also creating a sense of space behind the artwork itself. He is wholly interested in the possibilities of painting, and as much its limitations. As such his work lies on the precipice, and through his output the viewer can engage with the newest discoveries on his artistic journey.

Lennon has exhibited throughout Europe, USA and the world. His work can be found in a number of important collections including Ulster Museum, Belfast; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin. Lennon is an elected member of Aosdána.
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