Born in 1982, Mayo artist David Bog (O Malley) currently lives and works in Galway. David received his Honours degree in Fine art (painting) from GMIT in 2005 and a Higher Diploma in Art Education from LSAD in 2010. David is a founding member of the Loft an artist studio space, as well as serving from 2011 – 2013 on the Board of 126, an Artist run Gallery in Galway city.
I would describe my paintings as magic realist, in that they depict a common representation of the world except for a seemingly magical element that is accepted or treated as normal within the world of the painting.
The starting point for my work is usually the sublime beauty of Nature, in particular Ireland’s countryside which acts as a stage for the abstract concepts or stories that interest me. My intention is to infuse my art with a positively quizzical look at humanity as part of a larger environment, its created cultures and all the paradoxes that entails, in order to tell the stories of existence (he said modestly). That is not directly to give a meaning for life but to look at the abstract and tangible systems that we put in place that gives it meaning. With each painting or series of paintings i aim to looking at a particular staged concept e.g. promise of capitalism (Merchant of Eden), self determinationt (The children), Banality of technology (Wonders of the Age), as seen through my Magic realist lens.
GMIT diploma Show 2004
GMIT degree Show 2005
Tuam art festival 2006
Awakenings Kilkenny 2006
Watermark restaurant, Vancouver 2007
Put a Lid on it, Galway arts center, 2010
Café eight, Galway city museum, Solo show, Feb 2011
Groundworks show, Niland Gallery, 2011
Tuam Arts Festival 2012
The Space between, Docks shed, Galway, 2012.
Boyle Arts festival, 2013
K-fest, Killorgolin, co Kerry, 2017
David has been busy working on numerous commissions and his work is held in private collections across Ireland, the UK and the USA.