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The Golden Fleece Award
Damien Flood. Shortlisted 2018

  • Thursday 08 February 2018

Damien Flood was shortlisted for The Golden Fleece Award, 2018.
This is over view of the project:

Over the last two years it's been a balancing act between working to earn money and finding adequate studio time for my art practice. With four solo shows in a row in Belgium, LA , Dun Laoghaire and Dublin I've had to narrow down my researching and leave some areas unexplored. In 2018 I want to take time out from exhibiting and working to explore a new direction within my practice.

Recent works like 'Crimson Garden' and 'Display Model' combine my interest in abstract painting and traditional renaissance techniques. Using many different processes this new work is more labour intensive and slower to make. Scale is an important area I want to explore with this new direction. Achieving larger scale will be trial and error due to the process ratios, viscosities and drying times all vary with size. This will also mean changing painting support from canvas to panel to give the rigidity the work will need.

Within this new direction representational elements have arrived like plants and vases. Over the next year I intend to further explore the narrative potential between the linear abstract elements and rendered objects and experiment with how they push and pull the painted plane. I believe the introduction of recognisable objects also helps open up the work to a wider audience, giving viewers a key into the work.

The Golden Fleece Award would grant me the support and freedom from financial and exhibition pressures. It would allow me time to try out new ideas and experiment with working methods and painting supports. By mid 2019 I aim to have an ambitious new body of work for exhibition.

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