From September 28 - October 20 Solomon Fine Art is delighted to host an exhibition of new paintings by the multiple award-winning artist Comhghall Casey.
Born in 1976 Casey grew up in Omagh, Co Tyrone before moving to Belfast to study fine art at the University of Ulster. He has been living and working in Dublin since graduating.
Casey’s small-scale still-lives in oil are intimate studies of everyday objects such as vegetables, fruit and children’s toys and each is meticulously observed. The compositions are universally simple, where the object is placed centrally against a neutral background focusing the viewer’s gaze and highlighting the artist’s skill and spectacular attention to detail. He says: “the intention is that the resulting images are tangible, distinct and convincing, with an understated presence extending beyond the subject depicted."
Comhghall also produces regular self-portraits; like the still-lives they are simply composed allowing him to work on colour and his typical exquisite detailing. He has twice appeared on the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year competition on Sky TV. In 2002, 2013 and 2015 his self-portraits were shortlisted for the esteemed BP Portrait Awards in the UK and subsequently hung in the National Portrait Gallery, London, the National Scottish Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh and the Ulster Museum, Belfast. His portraits have also been shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Awards at the National Gallery of Ireland in 2014 and 2017.
Comhghall has also received numerous important awards at the RHA and RUA (including the prestigious Hennessey Craig Scholarship) and his paintings have been selected by the Royal Academy in London from 2011-2013 and 2016. In 2015 An Post issued an edition of stamps featuring Casey’s toy paintings. In 2016 he was honoured by his home town with a major retrospective exhibition at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh featuring drawings and paintings charting the artist’s development from his school days to the present day.
Casey’s work features in many notable collections including the National Self Portrait Collection and the Ulster Museum.