Stephen Hurley By Stephen Hurley

| 30 March 2024

Paddy Critchley Artist in Residence of 2024

Paddy Critchley is a visual artist from Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland. He graduated from Fine Art Painting at the Limerick School of Art & Design in 2021.

Over the years, Paddy's artwork has been showcased in numerous exhibitions, earning him accolades such as the De Veres Award for significant artwork at the RHA Annual Exhibition. He also has work in the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the Hunt Museum’s Permanent collection.

Paddy is a painter, with a keen interest in the theatre of the absurd. Additionally, working as a painter and decorator and serving his time in the trade, Paddy integrates aspects of this profession into his artwork.

His pieces are based in the themes of socialism, working class struggles, and the craftsmanship inherent in the trade of painting and decorating.

Paddy plans to explore the vibrant music scene in Dundalk, connecting with musicians, songs, folklore and other aspects of Dundalk’s rich cultural activity. Paddy also plans to incorporate the Irish language and the landscape and history of Dundalk into his work.

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