About Fintan Whelan
Despite the appearance of serendipity, Whelan's technique involves constant assessment, measurement and exploration of pigments and their configurations, combined with varnishes, oils and a variety of materials.
His art is both deeply abstract and grounded in the physical realities of whatever he's using to create it. All these variations determine a complex whole that is essential in shaping an artwork. Whelan's method of painting is characterised by an immediacy of process and an urgency of vision, which he has been developing over the last decade.
The content of his paintings alludes to his living environment in the broadest sense, where any kind of objects or any kind of sensations somehow creep into the paintings. This exhibition is an exploration of how the fragility of pictorial illusion subsists amid a world of contingencies.
In a contemporary visual culture in which images flood and overwhelm us, Whelan's aim is to re-establish our sense of images as elusive, mysterious and hard-won.
2017 Solo Gallery Wasserscheune, Adelebsen, Germany
2017 Solo "Lichtenberg Project", Künstlerhaus, Göttingen, Germany
2017 Group "Einfach ohne alles" - Luzia Sassen Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2017 Group "100% Abstract" - Le Dame Art Gallery, London
2017 Solo "Wavelength", Johanniskirche, Kassel, Germany
2016 Solo Rothe House, Kilkenny, Ireland
2016 Group Annual Exhibition of Federal Association of German Fine Artists, Kunstlerhaus Gallery, Göttingen
2016 Group Gallery Bottega d'Arte Merlino, Florence, Italy
2015 Group Culture Bunker (Kulturbunker Köln), Cologne, Germany
2015 Group SweetArt Summer Festival - Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2015 Group Boundary Art Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2014 Solo Arts and Culture Centre, McAuley Place, Dublin, Ireland
2014 Solo Winkelman Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2014 Group Faust Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2014 Solo InterView III - Kunstlerhaus Gallery Göttingen, Germany
2014 Group 4h-art Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2013 Solo Beautiful Losers - 4h-art Gallery, Hannover, Germany
2013 Solo Torhaus Galerie, Göttingen, Germany
2012 Group Dall'Acqua Nasce L'anima. Ex Chiesa di San Nicolao, Bellano, Italy
2010 Solo Atelier Block 16, Hannover, Germany
2009-10 Solo Silberstein Atelier, Göttingen, Germany
2005 Solo 'Luz y Espacio’, Museo de Blas Infante, Granada, Spain