Charles Tyrrell b.1950

Charles Tyrell was born in Meath, Ireland. He studied painting at NCAD in 1974 and moved to Cork in 1984 where he now lives and works in self imposed isolation overlooking the Atlantic. He had his first solo exhibition soon after leaving college at Project Arts Centre, Dublin and has maintained public interest since. His work investigates ‘rational and non rational’ elements of paint following on from the 1970s discourse on minimalism and abstraction. He maintains careful restriction within his geo-metric compositions, juxtaposed with organic forms. He draws inspiration from the man-made world, finding the natural world ‘too awesome’ to engage with.

Tyrrell’s work operates on the edges of what is possible. He looks at the academic constraints and possibilities of painting, and works within confined elements of this.

Tyrell was awarded a retrospective of his work in 2000 on which occasion Director Patrick T Murphy named him ‘probably the best painter of his generation in Ireland’. He is a member of Aosdána.
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