Joe Scullion

Written by Ingrid Lyons on . Posted in Artists


Joe Scullion (b.1989) graduated from Fine Art painting in NCAD in 2013. He lives and works in Dublin. Recent solo exhibitions include: Settle, Rua Red, Dublin (2014) and Waiting to Materialise, Talbot Gallery, Dublin (2014). Recent group exhibitions include, Island Life, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2018), Ozymandias with Tadhg McSweeney and Ulrich Vogl, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin (2016), Centre with Sinéad Onóra Kennedy, Pallas Projects, Dublin (2015) and ELEfANTS, The Joinery, Dublin (2014). Residencies include two residencies at Listhus, Iceland, 2014-15 and 2016. Awards include: the Arts Council Bursary (2018), the Arts Council Travel and Training Award (2014) and the RDS Taylor Award (2013). Scullion’s work is held in numerous public and private collections including the OPW and Lismore Castle Arts collections.

Within his practice, Scullion endeavours to make a painting without deciding what the completion of that painting might entail or how the final image will announce itself. Instead he allows the paintings to settle for periods of time after working on them, acknowledging specific chance elements that have come to exist within the paintings, independent of his own intentionality. His deferential attitude toward the use of paint as a medium allows each work to develop its own character, with flourishes, nuances and details that are particular to each composition, affording them a certain capriciousness. They are believable and convincing whilst being simultaneously nonsensical, in this way they retain their humour and lightness. Scullion is interested in the idea of nonsense, how we order truth and illusion, and the visual criteria for both. He is interested in the creation of images with such verisimilitude as to produce a trompe l’oeil. Scullion’s paintings are willfully disorientating and incorporate fictional architecture and landscape. There are aspects of the image that we trust, but simultaneously know to be illogical.

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Links to previous exhibitions;

Group show – Island Life

Centre – Pallas Projects

Settle – Rua Red