A graduate of Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, Niamh McCann has exhibited extensively in Europe, Ireland and in the USA. Currently working out of Firestation Artist Studios, Dublin the McCann has most recently launched the public artwork IMMRAM Pavilion/Mother’s Lament on the grounds of the National Museum of Ireland, Country Life and looks forward to solo exhibition with the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Germany and residency with the Boghossian Foundation, Belgium.
McCann’s work is a considered, individual voice in contemporary Irish art; effortlessly correlating strands of three dimensional work, painting/drawing and in- stallation.
This in itself is unpredictable and frequently humorous, most immediate in the playful use of appropriated political figuration in her latest body of work, Furtive Tears. Layering and re-coding the given image, figure or cultural trope, a quasi-deified equilib-
rium is achieved when juxtaposed with globalised cultural imagery.
Within all works, from drawings, wall drawings to larger scale pieces McCann is centrally concerned with the physicality, placement and perspective of viewer relative to object, to context and to site. Research through to production often involves multifaceted conversations with many disciplines along the path toward conceptual and material solutions.
Currently showing work in DYNASTY with the ps122 Gallery New York, McCann’s previous exhibitions include Furtive Tears, The City Gallery The Hugh Lane, La Perruque (Protest Song) at MAC Belfast and Just Left of Copernicus in Visual, Changing States, BOZAR, Belgium, Twenty at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, this little bag of dreams,
Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, and Without-Boundaries, Wäinö Attonen, Museum of Art, Finland
The artist is the recipient of various Arts Council awards, and residencies at Cemeti Arthouse, Indonesia; HIAP, International Artists’ Residency, Cable Factory, Helsinki, URRA Artist Residency, Argentina, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Ireland; and of Perspective and
EV+A exhibition awards
McCann is represented in the Irish Museum of Modern Art Collection; Limerick City Gallery Collection, Swansea City Council Collection; The London Institute Collection; Hiscox Collection, London