Born in Belfast in 1960, Martin Mooney commenced his artistic studies at the University of Ulster Faculty of Art and Design, completing his post graduate studies at the acclaimed Slade School of Fine Art in London.
An artist of outstanding technical precision, Mooney has been critically acclaimed for his accomplished works by a host of publications, including The London Standard, The Financial Times, The Irish Times and Robert O’Byrne’s ‘Dictionary of Living Irish Artists’.
It is no surprise that the artist has a loyal and celebrated following, including HRH, The Price of Wales (whom Mooney has accompanied on two State visits as royal artist). Indeed HRH is one of a distinguished list of collectors to hold Mooney’s work in their private collections. Other followers include Sir Michael Smurfit, Enya, Dr. Tony O’Reilly and Dermot Desmond.
His works hang in many venerable institutions worldwide, including Harvard University, Yale Center for British Art and the British Government Art Collection. With a host of exhibitions since his first in 1988, Mooney’s work has achieved global status, following hugely successful shows in Dublin, London, Belfast, New York and Toronto.
Mooney’s current body of work is at variance with many of his previous landscape and still life works, which have been heavily-inspired by the 18th Century Italian Masters. In these latest creations, we see a looser and less representational palette, which has been achieved through years of Mooney honing his artistic skills and through a closer and more-insightful understanding of his relationship with the environment.
“Over the years, my work has always reflected my interest in the landscape. Painting directly from nature has always been a strong focal point in my paintings and I am extremely motivated by my surroundings in Donegal and the West of Ireland…. It is only now, after years of observation, that I feel I am beginning to achieve the true essence of the Irish landscape and the dramatic effect this creates. This new understanding has culminated in many of my newer works being produced on a much-larger scale than I have previously worked. Because of their scale, the result is a more expressive application of paint, using both brush and knife to achieve a more fluid and painterly quality” – Martin Mooney, September 2017