Degree: BA Fine Art
University: National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Lavelle creates playful and erudite mixed media creations - in colours like a vibrant clash between art deco packaging and religious iconography - somewhere between exotic worlds and their impossible maps. The uncanny synthesis of collage and paint demands a second look.
The clash of paint with collage, with neither method dominating the other is important to this artist. It preserves a dreamlike disorder and encourages closer inspection.
At times these artworks function as a reinvention of traditional painting subjects. The narrative of the Northern Renaissance landscape, the Arcadian idyll of Poussin, or the nineteenth-century English pastoral often provide a base, or a template for disassembling and reworking. A love of history infuses these pieces: art history, natural history, Irish and English history, exploration, colonisation, and an occasional reversal of the historical narrative.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2012, Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin
2012, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, NI
2012, Annual Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2010, Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast
2009, Untitled, Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin
2007, Untitled, Cavehill Gallery, Belfast
2006, Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2005, Untitled, Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin
2005, Untitled, Petley Fine Art, London
2005, Untitled, Tramyard Gallery, Dublin
2004, Untitled, McGilloway Gallery, Derry
Shortlisted, Emerging Artist of the Year Award, RTE Open House, Irish Arts Review, Ireland