Known for her intimate and richly layered abstract paintings, Sinéad Aldridge works on board stretched with linen and employs a range of brush marks, working with colour and gesture to create a poised and controlled internal order on the painting surface. She begins with a series of six canvases, working on them simultaneously, where the marks are layered up, pared back and nudged forward. Each painting is formed slowly over weeks, sometimes months, imbued with the memory of ordinary life and the intense process of looking. Having developed her painting practice for almost three decades, Aldridge creates a unique and intimate experience that quietly arrests the viewer, allowing them solace and inviting them to contemplate what it means to be human. When colour and touch align the work becomes a poetic dialogue on the nature of identity.
Born in 1963, Aldridge grew up in the predominately nationalist area of The Falls Road in Belfast Northern Ireland during the time of unrest known as ‘the troubles’. She earned a BFA at Camberwell Art College London 1985 and was awarded a DAAD scholarship in Germany in 1986, Returning to London she worked at her Brixton studio producing large scale figurative abstract painting evocative of artists like de Kooning & Francis Bacon. Returning to Ireland in 1991, she settled in Co Sligo and taught Fine Art to BA students at the I.T Sligo for over a decade. Since her solo exhibition ‘Fast time’ at the Model Niland in 2002 she has chosen to work on a reduced scale. She completed her MA in Visual Arts Practices IADT Dublin 2010. She is married with twins and presently lives and works in Berlin.
Solo Exhibitions include: The Sky is Falling (2019), After Image (2015), Fenderesky Gallery Belfast. unattainable/joy- RHA Dublin (2010). Works & Days, Sligo Art Gallery (2008), Penumbra, The Dock Carrick-on-Shannon (2006), New Work, Fenderesky Gallery Belfast (2007 & 2003) Fast Time, The Model Gallery Sligo (2002)
Group exhibitions include: Penumbra, FE Mc Williams Gallery (2020) Way Out, La Grange Gallery France, BEEP Painting Biennale Wales: 2020, 2018 2016. Take Place, Institut für Alles Mögliche Berlin (2019) Art Spring, Berlin ( 2020, 2019) Kaleidoscope Slovenia (2014) Die Sprache ist das Haus in dem wir leben: Künstlerverein Malkasten Düsseldorf (2012) Accorage Gorizia Italy (2010) Occasion- Fenderesky Gallery Belfast (2009) Out of Context Archeus Fine Art London (2004) Irish Contemporary Art Galleri Weinburger Copenhagen (1999)
Sinéad is recipient of awards: Arts Council of Ireland (2004 & 1993) Íontas prize for painting (1996) Northern Ireland Film Council (1994). Residencies include: Oberfäelzer Kuenstlerhaus Germany (2017) Ballinglen Arts Foundation (2002) Maze Prison Belfast (1998) Artists Work Programme I.M.M.A Dublin (1997) Tyrone Guthrie Centre (1991). Her work is held in public collections: Nothern Ireland Arts Council, National University Galway, Mayo Co. Council. Ballinglen Arts Foundation. Boyle Civic Art Collection, Co Monaghan V.E.C & St Louise Comprehensive College Belfast.