'Cave Floor'

Donal Moloney

JM2016 Visitor's Choice winner 

 Cave Floors by Donal Moloney

Acrylic on canvas over board
43.2 x 32.2 cm

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Donal's acceptance speech:

''I am delighted to have won the 2016 John Moores Visitor's Choice award for 'Cave Floor'. It is always eye opening to get a range of feedback on one's work but an acknowledgement such as this award is very humbling. Being part of this John Moores exhibition has been terrific, seeing my work in the company of artists I have followed for years. I'm massively grateful to all the staff at the Walker Art Gallery and to the sponsors Rathbones."



I make intricate paintings that contain fragments of images from a wide variety of sources. I playfully combine and compress disparate collections of images to the point of overloading the picture plane. This ‘kaleidoscope’ of glistening surfaces becomes a vehicle for my interest in mixing fantastical imagery and ambiguous narratives.

Central to my practice is the use of a wide variety of media and processes to create the source imagery for my paintings. These include rapidly made drawings, sculptures anddigital collages. I transform images from these sources through a protracted and slow process of painting, often taking more than a year to complete each piece. In so doing, I try to imbue these initial ‘sketches’ with something jewel-like and precious.


Born in Cork in 1984 Donal Moloney studied at Crawford College of Art Cork 2003-7, the Slade School of Fine Art London 2008-10 and University of the Arts London 2012-15.

His exhibitions include 'A Wall is a Surface' Londonewcastle Project Space London 2012, 'The Painting Parade' Leanda Kate Louise Projects London 2013, 'Copy Paper' Manchester 2013, 'Head to Head: 4 Questions 8 Paintings' Standpoint Gallery London 2014, 'Under the Shadow of Natural Things' Benzie Gallery Manchester 2015, 'Kaleidoscope Eyes' Austin Forum London 2015, 'London Irish Art (Sol Art)' Central Hall Westminster London 2015, 'The Abject Object' Wimbledon Space London2016.

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