There is an absurd logic to the paintings of Paraic Leahy, a sort of magic realism that deviates from the familiar. The mutations present in these portraits are implausible and outlandish yet obedient to certain mathematical principles we might call unifying laws.
Paraic Leahy (Born 1985) Lives and works in Limerick City, Ireland. Graduating from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2008. He had solo exhibitions at Nag Gallery, Dublin (2014) and Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, Ireland, (2013). He is also the recipient of a number of awards including the Ucross Foundation Fellowship Award, Wyoming, U.S.A (2011); North Tipperary Artist Support Scheme (2011,2012,2013 & 2014); Shortlisted for Modessqe 1st International Painting Award (2013); Claremorris Open Exhibition award, selected by Lisa Le Feuvre (2010); Tyrone Gutherie Centre Bursary Award (2010).