.Damien Meade's method is unusual. Dissatisfied with the flatness of drawing, he uses clay as a kind of three-dimensional sketching tool. He expands the conventional painting sources of drawing and photography and in doing so, revitalises the process. Once a satisfactory head or foot is formed in clay, he works from a palette of subtle earthy colours and paints laboriously until the sculptural form emerges. Despite the sculptural nature of his process and of the work itself, the only form that ultimately exists is the painted one. The clay maquette is destroyed, anonymously waiting to be sculpted again. The nature of what the artist reveals in paint remains elusive. The forms oscillate between human form and formlessness; they appear to demand our empathy while declaring their own artificiality. Their physicality is paradoxical: their solidity consists only of strokes of paint, paint which suggests a life or consciousness within the otherwise inert lifeless clay, paint which is an echo of the now defunct source of inspiration: the soft, cold, kneaded clay.
Damien Meade was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1969. He obtained a BA in Fine Art at DIT Dublin and went on to complete his Masters in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art (1993). Shortly afterwards, he was awarded the Artist Fellowship, Churchill College, Cambridge University in association with Kettles Yard (1993-4) where he had a solo show. He was selected for the Whitechapel Open (1994) and showed at the Arts Council Dublin before embarking on a period of work in the dotcom frenzy. He returned to painting and this year alone, was selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren for the SV10 Members' Show, Studio Voltaire, London and has taken part in many group exhibitions including: 'The House Of Fairy Tales', Millennium Gallery, St. Ives, touring to Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury; [the] Evidence, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden; 'The Art of Giving' (Fundraiser), Saatchi Gallery, London; 'Beasts Royal', Viktor Wynd Gallery, London, 'Exquisite Trove', Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn, and 'Super Natural', Charlie Dutton Gallery London.
The artist lives and works in London.