Nuala Clarke (born Ireland 1970) studied Fine Art Painting at The National College of Art and Design in Dublin. She moved to New York City in 1993. In September 2007, received a fellowship to the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo and began returning to Ireland from NY to work every year.
Recent shows include, Amid a Space Between: Irish Artists in America at the SFMoMa Artists Gallery, San Francisco, (2012); to Tremble into Stillness, a WB Yeats related show at Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; Of This Place- contemporary visual reflections from Yeats country, a group of 8 artists showing in Madrid, Spain and Hamilton Gallery, Sligo; Catherine Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff, Cork; The National Museum Of Ireland, Country life in Mayo an installation called, “The Mariners Laundry” at On Sight 2015 ‘Welcome to the Stranger: Migrant people, places and spaces’. “Reinventing the Helm”, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, NY. Absence / Presence, a month long residency and community project at the Charlestown Art Centre, Mayo. She works in collaboration with writer Crystal Gandrud: FIND, a temporary public art program commissioned by Mayo County Council and The Linenhall Art Centre, Castlebar (2014). Dream of the Drawing for Everything, online installation: dreamofthedrawingforeverything.com (2016) As Above So Below, Linenhall Arts Centre Castlebar, Co. Mayo. (2017) RHA Annual Exhibition. Friends With Boats, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY. (2017) From Nature, Nuala Clarke and Duncan Pickstock, Ballinglen Gallery, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. (2017)
“My work is concerned with the organisation of space, the relationship between matter and energy and how it is all intrinsically connected to time. I have an abiding fascination with cartography, the sea, the sky, wave action, Nature Goddess’s and Mariners. As a natural extension of being alive, I find that humour and loss are deeply embedded in my practice.”