breathe prints








The Swan Sniffer
Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
21 x 30cm
© David Begley 2017
To be exhibited at The Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 2017, RHA Dublin, May 22 - August 12 [invited artist].



See monotypes by David Begley here



David will teach a life drawing workshop through printmaking at In Fusion Theatre, Wexford on Saturday May 13 2017. Evening classes in drawing and painting commence in May. For information and bookings contact David at davidbeg@gmail.com or 087 1227310. See more info here

In April 2017 David was awarded an Artlinks Literature Bursary in support of his first novel.

'LAMP BLACK AND MOONLIGHT' an exhibition of animations, drawings and monotypes by David Begley opens at Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Wicklow on Sunday May 28 2017.

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Irish artist and writer, born Dublin 1972. David Begley is an Irish artist based in Blackwater, County Wexford currently working in the mediums of drawing, charcoal animation, printmaking and sound. In 2015 David’s animations and drawings were presented at Cinema Club, New York, Animfest 2015, Greece, Drawing 2015, Oriel Myrddin, Wales, Homeland, Damer House Gallery, Eigse Open, VISUAL, Carlow, The 185th Annual Exhibition RHA, Dublin and DAS2015, Beanbag Cinema, Belfast. David’s solo exhibition ‘Breathe’ was held at The Linenhall Arts Centre and Wexford Arts Centre and was reviewed by John P O'Sullivan for 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, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Cill Rialaig. His work can be found in the collections of AXA, The Contemporary Irish Art Society, The EPA, OPW, INTO and Wexford County Council. David is a featured artist at The Drawing Suite.



Throughout his animated films, shimmering figures move between dark and light, haunting flickering worlds of water, breath, forests and fire where nothing is permanent and all things transform. These are meditative works which speak of birth, life, death and rebirth and its ever moving cycle. Drawings for his animations are made on a single sheet of paper, thus in the process of making his films, drawings are destroyed or become part of a new composition, so that all that remains at the end of each animation or ‘scene’ is a singular drawing.

David makes his charcoal from driftwood collected at beaches in Ireland and Wales. Before beginning an animation, there is no storyboard, script or narrative. A sheet of paper is stapled to the studio wall and to this a first layer of char is added, rubbed smooth, drawn into, erased, scrubbed and drawn into again until finally an image in the drawing arises. David begins to adjust this image, photographing each image as it evolves. Thousands of adjustments are made in each drawing, creating transformations of light, dark and form which when placed in a timeline appear to move. Photographing this process in daylight and at night causes shifting exposures, which when animated create a flickering light throughout his films. David has recorded the soundtracks for these films by combining elemental sounds of sea, fire, wind and birdsong with piano scores written whilst on residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan.


BREATHE: DRAWINGS & ANIMATIONS BY DAVID BEGLEY, Wexford Arts Centre, August 04 - September 05 2015

Download artist Anita Groener's opening speech here.

Read John P O'Sullivan's review of 'Breathe' for THE SUNDAY TIMES [March 2015] here







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