Neil Dunne’s practice is a fundamental exploration of printmaking and paint, his work delves into the processes and records the interactions and effects they have on one another. Using urban space as a point of research, his work creates tension among processes to engage with the ideologies, materiality and visual language presented in the built environment.
Dunne’s style of painting evolved from practical research and studies of urban space, his techniques expand on urban semiotics and the sub-cultural movements of graffiti. His paintings delve into the fabric of our cities exploring buffed graffiti, political slogans and obscure remnants of buildings. His highly abstracted style, at times, incorporates more representational features that develop from a series of studies and experiences. The expressionist brush strokes and use of spray-paint produce a very distinct visual language and the introduction of silkscreen imagery relates to the repetitive nature of the medium.
Dunne’s more recent body of work uses the motif alongside his matured style and his constant nod to street culture is a joining thread throughout his practice. He aligns his work within the genre of contemporary painting and expanded print practice with a reference to contemporary urban culture. His paintings are often developed around found imagery, printed matter, and sculpture - With themes spanning cultural identity, architecture and urban semiotics.
Dunne graduated from NCAD with a BA in 2014 in which he was awarded the NCAD Post-Graduate Scholarship from 2015-2017. Notable exhibitions include The VUE Art Fair in 2018 where he was nominated for the Savilles art prize.
Dunne’s work was collected by the OPW Office of public works), AXA, HKOP, UCD, The mater collection, The Devlin, The Mayson, The Law Society and is included in various international private collections.
Neil is currently an assistant lecturer in Fine art printmaking at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.