Eamon McAteerleft his ‘Historic City’ of Derry, in the northwest of Ireland, for London in 1974 to study a foundation course at Saint Martin’s School of Art and later completed a fine art honours degree at The Slade School of Art, London and a postgraduate year in Goldsmiths’ College UCL.
He returned to live and work in his native Derry in 1979, as an artist and art teacher, having secured a full-time teaching post in Thornhill College, Derry where he was appointed Head of Art and Design in 2002. He was awarded first prize in the Derek Hill Special Award at the Open Submission Exhibition, Glebe Gallery, County Donegal in 2005 and was short-listed in 2008, with five international artists, for The Foyle Public Art Project, an open international competition, at that time the largest public art project in Ireland.
As Directing Artist Eamon was commissioned by Thornhill College Derry to design and install a large scale sculpture called ‘Stepping Out’ on top of a twenty five square metre unique hand built mosaic entitled ‘Light Dance’. The work commenced in 2008 and was completed in 2012.
Eamon’s work is wholly original and he is best known for paintings which are partially revealed and hidden by the bursts of colour and textures that envelop them. His work creates a magical effect and yet they curiously have a familiar feel to them. He uses his selective visual memory to realise the work, derived from disparate visual sources that may transiently connect to the Irish psyche. Eamon is an exceptionally thoughtful, introspective artist. Now just retired from teaching art at Thornhill College Derry, Eamon is very much at home, literally and metaphorically, with his art. He is currently Art Facilitator in The Playhouse in Derry.
Exhibition Opening Friday 10th May from 6pm to 8pm. All are welcome.