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David Eager Maher
updated: 03/02/2011
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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'The Great Spiral'
'Hunting Season'
'The William Morris Room'
'Thick Skin'
'The Anti Muse'
'The Devil's work is Done Tomorrow'
'Persian Dream'
'One for Sorrow'
'Genocide on the Boyne'
'Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy'
 
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'The Great Spiral' by David Eager Maher
'The Great Spiral'
Watercolor, pencil and tape on sourced paper
2010
19" x  16.5"  x 1" 
'Hunting Season' by David Eager Maher
'Hunting Season'
Watercolor and pencil on record sleeve.
2010
12.2" x  24.4"  x 1" 
'The William Morris Room' by David Eager Maher
'The William Morris Room'
Watercolor and pencil on sourced paper.
2010
13.4" x  10.6"  x 1" 
'Thick Skin' by David Eager Maher
'Thick Skin'
Watercolor and pencil on record sleeve.
2010
12.6" x  14.2"  x 1" 
'The Anti Muse' by David Eager Maher
'The Anti Muse'
Watercolor and pencil on bookcover.
2009
4.7" x  3.5"  x 1" 
'The Devil's work is Done Tomorrow' by David Eager Maher
'The Devil's work is Done Tomorrow'
Watercolor and pencil on sourced paper.
2010
13.4" x  20.5"  x 1" 
'Persian Dream' by David Eager Maher
'Persian Dream'
Watercolor and pencil on sourced paper.
2010
10.2" x  13.4"  x 1" 
'One for Sorrow' by David Eager Maher
'One for Sorrow'
Watercolor and pencil on sourced paper.
2010
7.1" x  3.9"  x 1" 
'Genocide on the Boyne' by David Eager Maher
'Genocide on the Boyne'
Watercolor and pencil on sourced paper.
2009
9.8" x  14.6"  x 1" 
'Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy' by David Eager Maher
'Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy'
Watercolor and pencil on sourced paper.
2010
15.4" x  15.7"  x 1" 

Artist Statement
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Eager Maher’s practice is conceived through an interest in an autonomous reality. Processes of interpretation and the functions of hermetic symbols are used to serve the imagination as harbingers to the world he creates. The curious vignettes are exquisitely compact and delicate, pencil work is persuaded and guided in an absurd mercurial twist. The viewer is invited to coerce and pursue these optic inflections, questioning a propensity to grasp and draw associations between impressions of the disarranged and the deranged.

Formal historic drawing styles are deliberately adopted and transformed. The spindly craftsmanship becomes organic, out of control, smothering around and through their environments, pushing the luxurious into a flurry of pathological deliquescence. Leaving a residue of resonances and suggestions, with a quick drama of possibility and impossibility.  Saturated with a charged opulence theses pieces propose a world where gravity is ignored and distance collapses, time becomes suspended, accosted to a space of personal logic.

The drawings are generally small in scale, closer inspection reveals intensely dense areas of detail, a constructed seamlessness where the tacit knowledge of subject and skill are conceptually equal. Colonial imagery, religious symbols, Victorian dandies and iconic suggestions of imperial legacies are used as symbols of power and time. These psychological and poetic motifs are altered, disrupting hierarchies and forming a conscious waking dream.

Artist Bio / CV
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David Eager Maher.Born 1979 , Lives and works in Dublin.

 Education

 2010-11        Master of Fine Art, MFA, National College of Art and Design, Dublin

 2010             Horschule Fur Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig.

 2005-09        Batchelor of Fine Art, BFA Honours, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

 

Solo Shows

2010

I would have drawn this more accurately but they didn’t allow me a knife to mend my pen| Cross Gallery, Francis St Dublin.

 

2009  Between you and me and the Wall. | NCAD Degree Show.

Pinks Queens and Criminal Queers. | Monstertuck Gallery, Dublin.

Group Shows

2010

BIZZARE BAZAAR | Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin.

TULCA People Place and Possibility, Curated by Michelle Browne.The Fairgreen Gallery Galway.

Something Tells me it’s all happening at the Zoo, Curated by Davey Moor | Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin.

Preface | Pallas Contemporary Projects. Dublin

 2009

The Great Redundant | Sebastian Guinness Gallery. Dublin

 Drawings | Cross Gallery Dublin

Gatspeil. | Gallery Exhibeo, Berlin.

RHA 179th Annual Exhibition. | RHA Dublin.

This Must be the Place. | Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin.

 2008   

Winter Salon. | Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Dublin

2007             

Excuse me I seem to have lost my needle in your haystack. Seljavour Gallery, Iceland.

 

 

Collections Include

Department of Justice.

Department of Foreign Affairs

OPW

Private Collections in Ireland, Germany, Iceland and Britain

Publications

2011 Forthcoming essay ‘The Surreal in Irish Art’ by Dr Riann Coulter Irish Arts Review, March 2011.

2010Living on the Edge has a Better View. | Aidan Dunne, Irish Times.

 2010  TULCA ‘ Hunting Season’. | Sunday Business Post Magazine.

 2009 Taking Art Beyond Fixed Boundaries. | Aidan Dunne, Irish Times

Forthcoming.

The Surreal in Irish Art. | , Highlanes Gallery Co Down, Curated by  Dr  Riann Coulter.

 Scope Basel,  Switzerland.

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