about

The measure of a disorder of a system strategically defines my current art practice. My work is essentially a dialogue about the language of paint; working with colour and gesture, creating a controlled internal order on the canvas surface; when colour and touch are aligned the work attempts a dialogue with the viewer on the nature of identity. My work explores complex imagery alluding to landscape and the figure, with a unique range of colour; a culmination of watercolours made en plein air later distilled into paintings created in the studio. This re ordering of things, or ‘ die Umkehrung’, the reversal, is a returned gaze; to look again at something familiar which is outside of the painting, akin to memory, a feeling or that which conveys a particular atmosphere.

“…The paint layers up and, then, every aspect of life, from memories to chores to peripheral vision to looking, looking, looking becomes a collage inside the layered paint, a collage put on linen and then built over and over. It is there, even when you can’t see it anymore, like the tree rings that are hiding underneath the bark. You know they’re there so that you don’t have to look. You can just assume. Then the hidden depth … gives depth. It stays there like a ripple. Where does the ripple lie? In the water? In the fabric of the world?*

Dr Tony Partridge from essay for solo exhibition After Image 2015

Born in Belfast Sinéad Aldridge studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Arts London receiving a BA Hons degree in Painting 1985 & a Masters Degree in Visual Arts Practices on the MAvis programme  at IADT Dublin 2010.  Sinead received the D.A.A.D scholarship Karlsruhe Germany in 1986.

Solo Exhibitions: after image Fenderesky Gallery Belfast 2015.unattainable/joy RHA Dublin 2010. Works & Days Sligo Art Gallery 2008. Penumbra the Dock Carrick-on-Shannon 2006. New Work at The Fenderesky Gallery Belfast 2007 & 2003. Fast Time The Model  Sligo 2002. The Light Sleep of Space  Sligo Art Gallery 1999. The Broken Jug Arts Council Dublin 1997.

Group exhibitions include: Beep 2016 Painting Biannual Wales.  Kaleidoscope Smartno Slovenia 2014.  Die Sprache ist das Haus in dem wir leben, Kunstfilmtag Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf  2012..  Accrochage 1, Gorizia Italy 2010, Wink,Wink : Anxiety of Complicity (3 hr. performance) as part of Pirate Capital at The Lab Dublin 2010, Shamelessness  (performance) The Lab Dublin 2010, Occasion Fenderesky Gallery Belfast 2009, Out Of Context Contemporary Archeus Gallery London 2004 and  Irish Contemporary Art  Galeri Weinberger Copenhagen 1999.

Recipient of awards most notably Arts Council grant 2004 & 1993, Northern Ireland Film Council 1994. Sinéad has worked on residencies at Ballinglen Arts Foundation 2002, Maze Prison Belfast 1998, Artist Work Programme Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin 1997. In 1996 she received the Íontas Prize for painting.

Her work is held in public collections of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Boyle Civic Art Collection, Co Monaghan V.E.C, Mayo Co. Council, , St Louise Comprehensive College Belfast. Sinéad has taught fine art for many years and has worked as lecturer in Art Practice at the Institute of Technology Sligo . She currently is resident in Berlin.