About Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh
Sinead Ni Mhaonaigh is a leading painter of her generation. Her work has been Nationality and Internationally recognised. Ní Mhaonaigh graduated in 2001 from Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Ní Mhaonaigh has exhibited extensively in both Ireland and abroad at venues including Limerick City Gallery of Art, Anthony Slayter-Ralph Fine Art, Los Angeles, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris, Millenium Court Arts Centre, Armagh, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, The Living Room Gallery, New York, Ard Bia Berlin. Ní Mhaonaigh’s work is represented in numerous public and private collections including The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Office of Public Works, Ernesto Ventós Barcelona, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Drogheda Municipal Art Collection at Highlanes Gallery. Ní Mhaonaigh was awarded the HOTRON Art Award, 2019, John Moores Painting Prize shortlist, 2018, The Marmite Prize for Painting V shortlist, 2016, Joint winner of The Hennessy Craig Scholarship, 2010, AIB Prize shortlist, 2009.
About Sinéad's Commission
Literature has been hugely influential to Sinéad, particularly the work of Pádraic Ó Conaire and the works of Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. For this commission, she will research, read and develop new collaborations in the area of literature, and continue to develop work in her studio. Ni Mhaonaigh interests are in the act of painting itself, and in the qualities of paint as a material. She is engaging with painting as a language. Much like a poet, she is interested in ambiguity, and in anachronisms. It has been said she is a painter who suggests rather than represents. She is not particularly concerned with communicating specific viewpoints or to holding her viewer in the confinements of allegory or allusion. She is interested in painting as thing in of itself. This is what makes her so interesting, her commitment to hold an artistic line with rigor, earnestness and energy. Irish is Ni Mhaonaigh's mother-tongue. As she thinks in Irish, she titles her painting in Irish, making reference to her interests in borders and boundaries- the language being so rich in illuminating references and nuances relating to landscape, phenomena and emotion. She will be updating The Dock on the development of this project over the next couple of weeks.
About this commission
The Dock team was looking forward to working with a number of visual artists this year. As a result of the current circumstances, there is a break in our gallery programme. This means that the visual artists we were to work with are now without the opportunity to exhibit. The team here think long and hard about what and who we programme in the galleries, so have decided to invite the artists who are part of the 2020 programme to submit an idea and approach to developing their work during this Covid-19 lockdown. The Dock has framed this as a small commission, to offer the artists encouragement to keep making work and to continue their connection with us and with you the audience.
We will keep updating this page with images and news and will be posting regularly on our social media channels as work progresses over the next three months.