Visual Arts Programme
Antonio Julio López Castro
ST. James’ Church THURSDAY-SUNDAY
Reception at 1pm on Friday 16th March – all welcome – Free
Antonio Lopez was born in Madrid in 1972 , Antonio moved to Westport, Co. Mayo, in 1995. He studied Fine Art at Sligo IT receiving an Honours Degree in 2003. He currently lives and works in Co. Kerry.
“My current work represents a reflection on the landscape in which we live, the place we inhabit, and that contains the systems – natural and man made- of communal life. My paintings explore man’s relationship with his immediate surroundings, the idea of our connection to the land, and question how we are affected by the physical characteristics of the place where we live. I am interested in investigating how our daily interventions in the landscape, and use of our surroundings form patterns that define us, looking for a better understanding of concepts such as identity, place and belonging. Within the work, the process of layering (covering/uncovering) with thin washes of paint is employed to reference the layers in our historical and communal memory. The use of colour and light, considered brushstrokes and marks, address the constant changes, accidental and otherwise, in the land.
This working process examines how the physical, environmental and geographical characteristics of a particular place affect us emotionally, and questions how these factors contribute to form our identity.”
Antonio has held solo exhibitions at Custom House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo (2011); Belmont Mill Studios, Co. Offaly (2011); Dare to Joust Gallery, London (2010); Origin Gallery, Dublin (2010); Ballina Arts Centre, Co. Mayo (2005); Mcloughlin’s Art Gallery, Westport (2002); and Galería-Café El Despertar, Madrid (1998). Group exhibitions include Claremorris Open 2010, Co. Mayo; Dare To Joust Gallery, London (2009 and 2010); Linnenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo (2008); Siamsa Tíre Arts Centre, Tralee, Co. Kerry (2007); Sligo Art Gallery (2006); Mullingar Arts Centre (2005); Connor Crean Centre, Annascaul, Co. Kerry (2005); Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick (2005); Samhlaíocht Gallery, Tralee (2005); Appleloft Gallery, Easkey, Co. Sligo (2003); Degree show at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo (2003); and Red de Arte Joven, (INEF), Madrid (1998); and Soho, Madrid (1996). Antonio has been an artist in residence at Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry (2010); and Belmont Mill Studios, Co. Offaly (2010). His work has been acquired by Mayo County Council, the Irish National Teachers Organization, and is included in many private collections.