Monotype, ink on Fabriano paper, unique 1/1
21 x 21cm, paper size 31.5 x 31.5cm
© David Begley 2017
Exhibited at Wexford Arts Centre, October 2017


This work Rising is one of seven monotypes made by David in response to Clang Sayne's magical album The round soul of the world. The monotypes will be exhibited at Wexford Arts Centre on Sunday 8th October from 8 - 11pm for one night only and will accompany Clang Sayne's performance at WAC. Doors 8pm. To learn more about Clang Sayne visit www.clangsayne.com




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David was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award for Literature in support of his residency at Stiwdio Maelor, Wales. David attended the residency in August in order to work on his first Novel, Bone Black, a work in progress.

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Irish artist and writer, born Dublin 1972, based in Blackwater, County Wexford currently working in the mediums of printmaking, writing, animation and sound. In 2017 David was awarded an Artlinks Bursary in support of his first novel 'Bone Black', a work in progress. He also received a Travel and Training award [literature] from The Arts Council of Ireland. He is an invited artist at this year's RHA Annual exhibition, Dublin. 'Lamp black and moonlight' a solo exhibition of drawings, animations and monotypes was presented at Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow in June 2017. Recent group exhibitions include Imaginary Worlds, Oriel Davies, 2016, Animations, Cinema Club, New York, 2015, Animfest 2015, Greece, Drawing 2015, Oriel Myrddin, Wales, Homeland, Damer House Gallery, Eigse Open, VISUAL, Carlow, The 185th Annual Exhibition RHA, Dublin and DAS2015, Beanbag Cinema, Belfast. David’s solo exhibition ‘Breathe’ was held at The Linenhall Arts Centre and Wexford Arts Centre and was reviewed by John P O'Sullivan for The Sunday Times. David was awarded The Artists Film Award at In Motion, Stiwdio Maelor, Wales in 2015 and an Artlinks Visual Arts Bursary in 2014. Recent residency awards include The RHA, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre and Cill Rialaig. His work can be found in the collections of AXA, The Contemporary Irish Art Society, The EPA, OPW, INTO and Wexford County Council. David is a featured artist at The Drawing Suite.



Throughout his animated films, shimmering figures move between dark and light, haunting flickering worlds of water, breath, forests and fire where nothing is permanent and all things transform. These are meditative works which speak of birth, life, death and rebirth and its ever moving cycle. Drawings for his animations are made on a single sheet of paper, thus in the process of making his films, drawings are destroyed or become part of a new composition, so that all that remains at the end of each animation or ‘scene’ is a singular drawing.

David makes his charcoal from driftwood collected at beaches in Ireland and Wales. Before beginning an animation, there is no storyboard, script or narrative. A sheet of paper is stapled to the studio wall and to this a first layer of char is added, rubbed smooth, drawn into, erased, scrubbed and drawn into again until finally an image in the drawing arises. David begins to adjust this image, photographing each image as it evolves. Thousands of adjustments are made in each drawing, creating transformations of light, dark and form which when placed in a timeline appear to move. Photographing this process in daylight and at night causes shifting exposures, which when animated create a flickering light throughout his films. David has recorded the soundtracks for these films by combining elemental sounds of sea, fire, wind and birdsong with piano scores written whilst on residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan.


BREATHE: DRAWINGS & ANIMATIONS BY DAVID BEGLEY, Wexford Arts Centre, August 04 - September 05 2015

Download artist Anita Groener's opening speech here.

Read John P O'Sullivan's review of 'Breathe' for THE SUNDAY TIMES [March 2015] here







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