At the core of Pádraig Timoney’s practice is an ongoing inquiry into the mechanics of image-making – each canvas represents its own investigation into the ways images are constructed, or reconstructed through painting. Resisting a singular style, Timoney’s works are instead united in approach; each painting aims to seamlessly connect a chosen image with both material and process. Often inventing new processes as a result, the works function as an index or record of decisions made, while reveling in the shortcomings in the medium itself. By including the errors of translation and the faultiness of recognition, abstraction and figuration never seem too far apart, often appearing on the verge of collapsing into one another. Through these divergent modes, his exhibitions in turn document a specific duration of time and research in the studio, rather than a traditional artistic thesis.
Pádraig Timoney (b. 1968, Derry, Ireland) lives and works in Brooklyn. Solo exhibitions of his work include Lulu, Mexico City, 2018, There was a Study Done, Cleopatras, Brooklyn, 2017, a lu tiempo de..., curated by Alessandro Rabbotini, Museo Madre, Naples, 2014, and Fontwell Helix Feely, Raven Row, London, 2013, among others. Timoney has participated in numerous group exhibitions, which include Markers, David Zwirner, London, 2017, The Painting Show, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, 2016, travelled to Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, 2017, and Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 2016. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Albright–Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museo Madre, Naples, the Arts Council England, and the Arts Council Ireland, among others.