Bio

Aaron Smyth is a Dublin-based Visual Artist, working in a range of mediums including Drawing, Digital Imagery, Sculpture and Printmaking. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. During this time he acted as a representative of the National College of Art and Design in The MasterApprentice Programme in KuntspodiumT and The Creative Campus Programme in RUA RED. He is also the co-Founder of Gum Collective and Tonal Press. Aaron has been awarded The Graphic Studio Graduate Award First Prize, The Royal Hibernian Academy’s group Studio Residency, A Black Church Printmakers Residency and their Undergraduate Award. His work is held in both Public, Private and State Collections.

Smyth’s practice investigates Identity by blending experience, memories and contextual reference to examine the multifaceted and nebulous nature of ‘Being’. These depictions seek to reframe reality, touching upon themes of Power, Emotion and Gender to give a new perspective on the dynamics and dualities of ‘lived experience’.

www.aaronsmythartist.com // www.facebook.com/aaronsmythartist
www.behance.net/aaronsmythartist // www.instagram.com/plasticyouth

Awards / Residencies

2018 // Artist in Residence, National Gallery of Ireland.
2018 // Irish Embassy Travel Support.
2018 // STEP Grant, European Cultural Foundation & Compagnia di San Paolo.
2016 // Irish Embassy Awarded, DFA Travel Grant.
2016 // Appointed Artist Curator, Creative Campus, RUA RED.
2015 // Graphic Studio Graduate Award, 1st Prize.
2015 // Royal Hibernian Academy Group Studio Residency.
2015 // Black Church Print Studio Group Residency.
2015 // Selected in Top 50 ‘People of Print’ International Graduates.
2015 // Mary Cawley Travel Bursary.
2014 // Irish Representative for the 2014 European Artist Book Biennale, Moscow.
2014 // Artist representative of NCAD at Kuntspodium-T: Apprentice/Master Conference.
2013 // Black Church Undergraduate Award.
2013 // Selected for 9th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, CCP, USA.

Exhibitions

Current / Upcoming
2018 // On Display, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. IRE
2018 // Stream at The Sailors Home, Limerick. IRE

Past
2018 // Invasion / вторжение , Zverev Center of Contemporary Art, Moscow. RUS
2018 // Grafika Irlandzka, Nowohuckie Centrum Kultury / Czarna Galeria CENTRUM, Krakow. POL
2018 // Platform18 , Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown. IRE
2018 // 136th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast. NI
2018 // how to grow ( black moon ), The Complex, Dublin. IRE

2017 // LIMBO, Malpas Street Studio, Dublin, IRE
2017 // Silk Road, Shaanxi Museum, Xi’an. CHN
2017 // Interwoven- DABF, Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin. IRE
2017 // Notes from the Heart of the City, Abbey Studios, Dublin. IRE.
2017 // D24: A users manual, RUARED, Tallaght. IRE
2017 // Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area, Studio6, Temple Bar Gallery & Studio. IRE
2017 // 187th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. IRE
2017 // Distorted Perspectives, Letterkenny RCC, Letterkenny. IRE
2017 // Fair is Foul, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Studio 6. Dublin. IRE
2017 // Soft, Bell-Table, Limerick. IRE
2017 // Fresh Print, Graphic Studio Dublin. IRE
2017 // Young III, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin. IRE
2017 // The Idea of North, So Fine Art Editions, Dublin. IRE

2016 // Leg Over Soil, MART Gallery. Dublin. IRE
2016 // GUM, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Studio 6. Dublin. IRE
2016 // Printed Matter, The Connacht Tribune Printworks. Galway. IRE
2016 // Summer Show, SO Fine Art Editions. Dublin. IRE
2016 // Graphic Studio Dublin Group Show, MOK Gallery. Dębeca. POL
2016 // Signs & Memory, Federal State Institution of Culture. Moscow. RUS
2016 // YOUNG II, So Fine Art Editions. Dublin. IRE
2016 // At the Carwash, Hendrons Building, Dublin. IRE
2016 // 100 Minds, The Loft, South Studios. Dublin. IRE
2016 // Gum Collective, RHA Gallery, Dublin. IRE
2016 // Ecce Homo, Black Church Cabinet, Dublin. IRE

2015 // 134th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast. NI
2015 // Halftone, TLP, Dublin, IRE
2015 // Limerick Printmakers Annual, The Lime Three, Limerick, IRE
2015 // Quantum Leap, Foundation15, Offaly, IRE
2015 // Black Church Cabinet, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Graphic Studio Summer Exhibition, Dublin. IRE
2015 // RDS Graduate Award Exhibition, Royal Dublin Society. IRE
2015 // St. Patricks Graduate Exhibition, St. Patricks Hospital, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Roscommon. IRE
2015 // More than one maker, IMMA, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Graduate Exhibition, National College of Art and Design, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Beyond the Image, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg. NL
2015 // Alumni Exhibition, Belvedere House, Dublin. IRE
2015 // Documentary Screening, Studio 6, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin. IRE

2014 // Pull Bite Rally; Documentary Screening, Harry Clarke, NCAD, Dublin. IRE
2014 // Traces, The Library Project, Dublin. IRE
2014 // The European Artist Book Biennale, Federal State Institution of Culture. Moscow. RUS
2014 // National Original Print Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London. UK
2014 // Under Compulsion, Steam Box Gallery, Dublin. IRE
2014 // Collision, Mabos, Dublin. IRE
2014 // Kultur als Ware und Wirtschaftsfaktor, Westwerk, Leipzig. DE
2014 // GUM Vol. 1, NCAD Student Galley, Dublin. IRE

2013 // Ecce Homo, Black Church Cabinet, Dublin. IRE
2013 // 9th Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition, CCP,  CT. UST
2013 // Proof it, The Library Project, Dublin. IRE
2013 // End of Year Print Show, The Culture Box, Dublin. IRE
2013 // International Miniature Print Exhibition, Bendheim Gallery, Connecticut. USA
2013 // Minus One, Emmett House, Dublin. IRE
2013 // Subconscious, The Joinery, Dublin. IRE
2013 // Unconscious, NCAD Student Gallery, Dublin. IRE

Education

2015 // BA, First Class Honours with Distinction, Fine Art, National College of Art and Design. IRE
2008 // City & Guilds Diploma, New Media Technology College. IRE

Outreach & Demonstrations

2018 // Monoprint Workshop, Millenium Wing Studio, The National Gallery of Ireland.
2018 // Drawing Day Colour and Markmaking Workshop, Millenium Wing Studio, The National Gallery of Ireland.
2018 // Artist Talk and Q&A, On Display; Millenium Wing Studio, The National Gallery of Ireland.
2018 // Printmaking Workshop, National Centre of Contemporary Art (NCCA) Moscow.
2018 // Artist Talk, Zverev Centre for Contemporary Art Moscow.
2017 // Artist Curator, D24 A Users Manual, RUARED.
2017 // Screen Print Workshop, Deansrath and Killinarden Community Colleges, RUA RED.
2017 // Co-Director, Creative Campus x Tallaght Young Filmakers. RUARED.
2017 // Monoprint Access Workshop, Mounttown Community School, IADT.
2017 // Culture Night Exhibition and Open Studio, Argus House, Blackpitts.
2016 // Lithography Demonstration, Мастерская и галерея печатной графики ЛИТО.
2016 // Culture Night Open Studio, Argus House, Blackpitts.
2016 // ‘Verbal Visual’ Panel Discussion, Maxwell Theatre, Trinity College Dublin.
2015 // Friends of the RHA Lecture; Gum Collective, RHA School.
2015 // NCAD Professional Practice Lecture Series; Gum Collective, RHA School.
2014 // Drypoint Workshop, Belvedere College S.J.
2014 // NCAD Access Programme, Student Mentor, National College of Art and Design.
2013 // NCAD Student Mentoring Programme, Student Mentor, NCAD.
2013 // Culture Night Lithography demo, Black Church Print Studio.
2013 // Access day Drypoint tutorial, National College of Art and Design.
2009 // Volunteer Art Teacher, Youth Reach Dublin City Centre North.

Publications

‘Gorse no.10′
Available Soon

‘Piel’  //  Digital Printed, Perfect Bound Artist Publication. Edition of 20.
Available Here

Fair is Foul, Bunny Collective Vol II // Magazine
Available Here

Black Lines //  Xerox print on Tracing paper with collage. Edition of 20.
Available Here

‘The studio’ By Aimee Gallagher // Silk Screen And Digital Collage. Edition of 10
Available Here

’10Knots 1Thread’ By Sofya Mikhaylova // Digitally printed and hand stitched. Edition of 40.
Available Here

Untitled, James Bennett // Limited run Xerox Zine, Distributed in London Paris and Dublin.
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’Irrelevance’ By Sadbh O’Brien // Digitally printed with Matt finish. Edition of 20.
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’Green Notebook’ By Ciara O’Brien // Digitally printed. Edition of 20.
Available Here

GUM // Digitally printed edition of 300 sponsored by Black Church Print Studios and NCAD Gallery.
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GUM Volume. 2 // Digitally printed edition of 30.
Available Here

GUM Volume. 1 // Silkscreened edition of 3.
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Trinity Misc // Magazine
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