Marcel Vidal makes paintings and sculptures. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2009. He works intuitively with a variety of materials, constructing distinctive sculptures, that often stage and frame his paintings. His approach to sculpture and its assembled chaos and combative insistence is strongly contrasted by his paintings made in oil and watercolour. Vidal's paintings are restrained, often withholding information, through rigorous cropping in an attempt to frustrate interpretation. "The convergence of these two modes of production and their aesthetic contrast is what interests me."
Shows include: Kerlin gallery, Dublin (2017); Temple Bar Gallery and Studio, Atrium space, Dublin (2017); Carnage Visors, curated by Paul McAree, RUA RED, Dublin (2016); Carlow Arts Festival, selected by Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven & Claire Feeley, Producer Barbican, London (2016); SHRED! curated by Michelle Doyle, Steambox, Dublin (2014); THE LUXURY GAP, site-specific exhibition curated by Padraic E. Moore, The Hacienda, Dublin (2014); The Carny, curated by Paul McAree, FLOOD Dublin (2014); #untitled, Basic Space, Dublin (Solo) (2013); ProveRommet, Bergen Kjott, Norway (2012); WORKHEAD, NCAD Gallery, Dublin (2012); 05:09:12 nag gallery, Dublin (Solo)(2012); Awards include, Wicklow County Artist Bursary (2012); Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award (2012) and K&M Evans painting prize awarded for entry to RHA annual (2010). He has undertaken residencies at USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway (2012) and Royal Hibernian Academy studio, Dublin, Ireland (2011) He is a current member of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.
All images courtesy of Kerlin gallery, photography by Lee Welch