Colm MacAthlaoich primarily works with printmaking, paintings, and sculptures that often depict expressive, seemingly melancholic figures and landscapes within indeterminate spaces and dreamlike narratives. His work is rich in historical references to art, theatre and the natural world but also in observations drawn from everyday life and popular culture. He tries to understand the world through his own experience. His work, in which small fleeting thoughts are responded to, transform into the infinitely big and develop organically from his inner psyche. For MacAthlaoich, the world is in a state of constant flux and evolution, so too is his response to it. History is not set in stone but a shifting space, the meaning of which is particular to each different moment in time, and each individual. This concept is mirrored in his work process, each individual piece is approached in this unique manner, devoid of any thematic connection. He is interested in using philosophy as a prism through which to understand the world around him, but also as a means of exploring the subconscious.
MacAthlaoich’s work often involves theatrical inventions: props and stages surround figures which merge with their environment, blurring the lines of what is real and what is not. He employs traditional painting techniques to create depth and framing, while artificial lighting cast impossible patterns.
Colm Mac Athlaoich (b. 1980, Dublin, Ireland) lives and works between Dublin and Madrid. Recent exhibitions include Traveling Without Moving, Pallas Projects, Dublin. IRE (2017). Una Terrible Belleza, Rizoma Galeria, Madrid, ES (2017). Production, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin. IRE (2012). He has participated in group exhibitions including Out of Print, The Library Project, Dublin, IRE (2016). Conversations (OPW) The Casino in Marino, IRE (2016). Pallas Periodical Review / Pallas Projects PP/S (2011). He has been a member of both the Graphic Studio Printmakers and The Black Church Print Studio. He is co-founder and director of Monster Truck Gallery and studios, Dublin. He exhibits extensively and has works in a number of Collections.