Aisling Drennan makes abstract oil paintings about the variable properties of oil paint, how it can be structured and the consequence of mark-making on canvas.
Working analytically the paintings are visual dialogues seeking the delicate balance between chaos and structure with a ruthlessness in how information is selected and deleted.
Artists such as Joan Mitchel, Sean Scully, Fiona Rae and Willem de Kooning have informed her development arriving at its current state where the onus is on the physical act of painting.
Drennan holds a Masters in fine art from Central Saint Martins, UK and a BFA (First Class Hons) from CAMM, IRE.
She is the recipient of the 2011 Freyer Award in recognition of excellence for painting from the Royal Dublin Society Art Awards. Fujitsu selected her work for their 2017 global ad campaign and State Magazine (issue 23) listed her as ‘one to watch’. Shortlists (2018) include the John Moore’s painting prize (Liverpool), Jacksons Open painting prize (commended entry/ London), the Visual Arts Open (Chester) and the Claremorris Open (IRE).