breathe prints









Seed' driftwood charcoal animation, 5 min 40 HD © David Begley 2014 - 2015

David is currently writing his first novel. His monotype 'Rising' has been selected for The 188th RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin, May 22 - August 11 2018
See his recent monotypes here

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See David's interview with Jackson's Art Supplies, London [July 2017]



Irish artist, writer, and arts facilitator born Dublin 1972, based in Blackwater, County Wexford and currently working in the medium of printmaking. 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 was an invited artist at the RHA Annual exhibition, Dublin in 2017. 'Lamp black and moonlight' a solo exhibition of drawings, animations and monotypes was presented at Courthouse Arts Centre, Wicklow in 2017. David is artist in resident at St Senan's National School, Enniscorthy 2017/2018 as part of The Living Arts Project in association with Wexford Arts Centre.

Recent group exhibitions include Incognito, Solomon Gallery, Dublion, 2018, RHA Annual Exhibition 2017 [invited artist], Peripheries OPEN 2017, Gorey Schoool of Art, Wexford, 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.

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. In the process of making the 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 writes and records the soundtracks for these films by combining elemental sounds of sea, fire, wind, human breath and birdsong with piano scores written whilst on residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan.

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








Working on Breathe, September 2014.








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