2012-2014 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, London, UK
2010-2011 BA Fine Art, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
2007-2010 BA Art & Design, Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland
1982 Born Dublin, Ireland
Drennan is a MA Fine Art graduate from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. She also holds a First Class Honours BA Fine Art from Centre for Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, Ireland. Recent exhibits include Sunday in the Park with ED, curated by Cedric Christy and Pascal Rousson, Display Gallery, London, London Irish Art 2015, Central Hall Museum, London, and Farmleigh House, Dublin as the recipient of the Freyer Award in recognition of excellence for painting from the Royal Dublin Society, Visual Art Awards, Ireland. Drennan was selected for a commission by AB Associates [RIBA award winning architectural Firm], London, UK and her work has also been featured on the cover of Risk financial magazine.
The focal concern of my work is the malleable qualities of paint and its mark making abilities. Through a constant empirical dialogue, disruptively painted elements debate with each other to offer a displaced, ever evolving visual impulse.
This process has built a back catalogue of investigative, repetitive vocabulary. As a visual language, it has been reproduced and manipulated repeatedly through each painting in the form of gestural marks, structured space and a vibrant palette. Employing a technique based on a system of layered painting which concludes a constant state of flux.
Recent work is focused on devising ensembles of consciously orchestrated marks, demonstrating their perspective, as well as their consequence. Processes involving masking and vinyl tape currently continue my interest in, and parody of, the ideas around conceal/ reveal in painting.
Method of working:
Determining and finding new perspectives of specific marks is explored through preliminary painted studies made in the studio. As a process driven painter these studies allow for experimental liberties where trial and error is applied on fragmented canvas or paper. Once determined, they are replicated onto canvas. Acting as a trajectory, they are a central point of my practice. The studies dictate the direction of a painting, manifesting intuitive, hugely organic and instinctive balancing acts of contrast.