'Uncharted (Island II)', Damien Flood

Painting showing an object upside down in the sea with four legs sticking up

Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 cm, 2008

Artist's statement

My work deals with notions of the real and the unreal. I am interested in the idea of other worlds and places. My paintings are modern landscapes that reference the history of painting with an underlying fantastical element. A fleeting familiarity can be found in them, which is soon replaced by an ambiguous questioning.
A lot of my work stems from the voyages of the H.M.S. Challenger, a ship that explored the oceans in the 19th century. Notions of new and uncharted places play heavily in my work; how new places and islands are perceived for the first time.

Those feelings of confusion and wonderment are sensations I want to evoke from the viewer. My influences stem from old films, 19th-century drawings, old masters and contemporary painters to objects lying around the studio. 'Uncharted (Island II)' evolved from a train ride home from my studio. As I looked out of the window I could see the hill near where I lived covered in a mist. Only the
top of it, on which stands a giant stone cross, could be seen. This, for me, had that otherworldly, almost childlike mystery to it.


Damien Flood was born in 1979 in Bray, Co. Wicklow. He studied at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology Co. Dublin 1999-2003 and the National College of Art and Design Dublin 2006-08. Group shows include 'Big Store' Temple Bar Galleries Dublin 2007, 'Iontas Sixteenth National Small Works Art Exhibition'
Sligo Art Gallery (touring) 2005, and two-person shows 'Projector' The White Room Gallery Galway 2006 and 'Cellscape' County Council Arts Office Co. Wicklow 2008. Solo shows are 'War on Art' Signal Art Gallery Bray Co. Wicklow 2004 and 'Libertine' The Crow Gallery Dublin 2006.