Recycled tyre sculpture
VISION & PURPOSE
I create figurative, portrait, and animal sculptures from used tyres and steel. Exploring the body form, while striving for classical elegance, has been a lifelong theme running through my artwork. Through tyres - a new and original medium - I combine a classical style with a contemporary spin, to facilitate a wider appreciation of this unique art form, whilst also giving a new use to old tyres. My long-term vision is to popularise a genre of environmental art, defined by its mediums, topic matter, and accessibility to engage with.
I create tyre sculptures by first welding a steel armature that forms the sculpture’s ‘skeleton.’ Then I attach tyres to the armature. For larger sculptures I also work with used car and other larger tyres.
Trained as a stone sculptor originally, I began working with recycled bicycle tyres - that would otherwise be discarded by local bike shops in 2014. Inspired by the natural landscape of my home in Dingle, Ireland and my love of cycling, I wanted to find a more environmentally sustainable and less chemical-intensive art medium than traditional stone. Used bicycle tyres captured both my love of cycling and my interest in recycling. The flexible and durable properties of tyres allow me to give a new use to old tyres.
EXHIBITIONS & PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
My tyre sculptures have featured in solo exhibitions, museums, art festivals, and private collections throughout Ireland and abroad, including in Germany, Switzerland, England, Northern Ireland, and the US.
Key exhibits and awards include:
. 2018 : Exhibited at Eyre Square, Galway International Arts Festival.
2017-18: 'Einstein’ exhibited at the Deutsches Museum Verkehrszentrum in Munich, Germany;
2017: 'Le Poete,' 'Adam,' and 'God' featured at the Sculptures in Context Exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin, Ireland;
2017: 'Le Poete' won the outdoor 'People's Choice' award at the Sculpture in Context Exhibition - in addition to winning the SIC large outdoor work of distinction;
2017: Exhibited three sculptures at the EU Lab, The Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin;
2016: Exhibited twelve sculptures at the Munich Tollwood Winterfestival (Solo exhibition) in Munich, Germany;
2016: ‘Dragon’s Head’ commissioned by and featured at the Game of Thrones Studios in Northern Ireland;
2016: Exhibited thirteen sculptures at the Recycling and Waste Management (RWM) Exhibition, National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, UK;
2015: ‘Rodin’ sculpture displayed at the Society of Portrait Sculptors at La Galleria Pall Mall in London, UK
2015: Exhibited fourteen sculptures at The Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, N. Ireland