Aisling Drennan

Aisling had a hugely successful career as a professional Irish dancer with Riverdance touring around the globe for years, before realising her true calling as an artist.

Aisling Drennan is an abstract expressionist oil painter. She holds a Masters in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins, UK and a Bachelors in Fine Art (First Class Hons) from CAMM, IRE. Drennan was shortlisted for the 2018 John Moore’s painting prize, Jacksons Open painting prize and the Visual Arts Open. She is a recipient of the Freyer Award in recognition of excellence for painting from the Royal Dublin Society Art Awards. 

Working analytically Aisling's paintings are visual dialogues seeking the delicate balance between chaos and structure with a ruthlessness in how information is selected and deleted.

Each painting is constructed to a point of completion through a process of paint layering and specific application of vinyl tape. It is then deconstructed through the removal of tape, revealing painted under and over layers; a practice of finding and loosing the painting until visually robust.

Her practice is influenced by the abstract expressionist movement and the expressive content of her own experiences as a professional dancer.  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.

 Aisling’s approach to painting is playful even irresponsible at times; a concoction of ultimate strife and ultimate indulgence.