Fergus Feehily (born, 1968, Dublin) Iives and works between Berlin and Helsinki. Significant exhibitions include the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Dallas Museum of Art and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Feehily recently curated the exhibition. Constellations, for the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.
Consistent with his past paintings, works in the present exhibition are consistently modest in scale and often disarmingly placid in terms of palette. Yet, these new paintings – and single sculpture and work on paper – are characterized by a sense of play and lack of anxiety. No less experimental, in distinction from the work of his contemporaries who play with historical painterly tropes and forms, Feehily draws on and expands upon his own vocabulary, a language painstakingly developed over decades of painting in an abstract mode. There is a sense of narrative to the work – repeated forms and strategies appear, engaged with a confidence that has resulted in both new developments and an intense strength of character.