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Professional visual artist living in the rural location of Leitrim, situated on the very west coast of Ireland. Predominately working with oil paint but using aluminium sheets as my painting surface. Inspired by the local landscape and weather.

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I am a full time professional visual artist living in the west coast of Ireland. I am married with two kids and have a studio based in Manorhamilton County Leitrim. My work is inspired by the wildness of the west of Ireland and is influenced by German romanticism painting. My work is landscape based and my main medium is oil on aluminium panel. 

As a painter I am fascinated in the continuous changing natural light and weather conditions within the rural landscapes. The notion of the Hinterland and trying to understand the nature of these spaces is always a challenge for me,  looking for some sort of ethereal meaning in these paintings is my current pursuit. These landscapes also offer an route to escapism for me, in a world of continuous internet and social bombardment, finding solitude in within these spaces also bring up other areas of interest in my practice.

 

As part of this area of interest I am also fascinated in the reality of the “Commons in Society” and the connection between the moral responsibilities of the community towards the landscape. The ownership of parks, greens, lanes, walkways and rural areas that is open to the public. My current area of research also extends to an enquiry into traditional drawing and painting of the landscape, in particular the idea and notion of romantics within the rural landscape. Areas of continued interest include artist such as Caspar Friedrich, William Blake and German romanticism painting, In particular my work is influenced by paintings “Monasty Graveyard In Snow (1819) and The Abbey in The Oakwood (1810) by Fredrick, other influences include Dutch painting in particular the work of Pieter Brugel. The recurring theme within my work focuses on notions of disillusion with materialism, return to the natural world, death, destruction and resurrection.

 

The choice of aluminium as a medium in which to paint on is deliberate one, although this material is not one of traditional use I find its coldness and dampness a direct connection to the landscapes and subjects I choose to paint, the aluminium also enables me as an artist to show the process of painting i.e. brushstrokes, additional liquids each work is very much unique as the experimental development can very much change with each painting

BIOGRAPHY

Daniel Chester is a visual artist living in County Leitrim. He obtained a Masters in Visual Arts Practices from IADT in 2009, previous to that he obtained a Degree in Fine Art from Sligo IT in 2001. Chester has exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad, with a number of recent solo and group shows such as “The Land is Ours” Luan Gallery, Athlone. Beyond the Plains Couthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, “The Ethereal Space” Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. “Identity” Westival Westport Co Mayo, Seeing is beleving, Solartgallery Dublin. Daniels work has been seleted for the RUA awards everyear for the last four years and he recently was awarded the cairde visual and the model award residency for his painting “Mayo Marshlands”. Daniel has been awarded a number of artist bursary awards from Leitrim Coco and currently holds a studio in the Leitrim Sculputre Center, Manorhamilton.

 

Daniels work has been purchased by the OPW, Leitrim Coco,Sligo coco, Sligo IT, Danske Bank and in numerous private collections throughout the world.  

 

TECHNIQUE

I primarily work with oil on aluminium panel, I find the sheen and coldness of the aluminium has a wonderful quality that reflects my thoughts on landscape painting.

EXPERTISE

I have been an artist for nearly 20 years, many years teaching experiece as well. 

AWARDS

Model Arts Centre, Sligo Cairde Award 2016

Leitrim Arts Awards 2012-18

Cairde Visual Award, overall winner 2016

Leitrim County Council outstanding achievement award 2018

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Solo shows

2018 “The Ethereal Space” Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, Dec(Upcoming Solo) Sol Art Gallery Dublin

2017“Beyond the Plains” Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co ClareIn pursuit of Stillness” Hydebridge Gallery,

“Hinterland” Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

2015 “The land is Ours” Solo show Luan Gallery Athlone, Co Westmeath

2010“Successful flaws” Selected by Patrick T Murphy.  Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon

Group shows

2017

AAF Battersea, Solartgallery, Dublin

AAF Hamstead, Solartgallery, Dublin

Antiques and Art Fair, RDS, Dublin

Cairde Visual, Model Arts Centre, Sligo

Art Source, Solart Dublin

137th RUA Awards 2017, Ulster Museum, Belfast

VUE RHA Dublin, eight gallery, Dublin.

2016

"RDS Art Source, November RDS, Dublin.

"Invited Artists" December, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. 

"RUA Awards" Ulster Museum, Belfast

"Antiques and Art Fair" RDS, Dublin, Ireland (Sol Art)

"AAF Bristol" Bristol, United Kingdom. (Sol Art)

"Seeing is believing" Solart Gallery, Dublin

"Cairde Visual" Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo 

"North by NorthWest" Kings House, Boyle Arts Festival

Charlestown Arts Centre, New Horizons, Co Mayo

2015

Edinburgh Art Fair, Cornmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland

134th RUA Show, Ulster Museum, Belfast

2014

North West Artists, Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co, Leitrim

Cairde Open, Hyde Bridge Gallery. Sligo

2013

Iontas Art Gallery, Co Monaghan, 2 person show

New Enviroments,  Ballina Arts Centre. 2 person show

Altered State, Joust Gallery, London.

2011

“CCA RDS” curate by Helen Carey

“Alter/native project” Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle Co. Roscommon

“Corporate Republic” Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.

2009

“Public Gesture” The Lab exhibition space, Foley Street, Dublin.

 “White noise” Studio six, Templebar galleries and studio space

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