Paul Mosse


Highly inventive and idiosyncratic with his materials, Paul Mosse is inspired by the energy, growth, and seeming chaos of natural world around him. Using a variety of mixed-media, including non-traditional materials (plastic pellets, polystyrene, sawdust, nails and screws) as well as paper, paint and wood, he manipulates and builds complex surfaces on his paintings and sculptures. 

This sculpture is a blackened, burnt-out comment on what we are doing to the planet.  Did he know that as he was installing it Canada would be experiencing devastating heat and conflagration?

My two studios are totally full. So I worked out of doors on this piece exhibited here. Over nine months or so. Changing things regularly.  Taking down the initial tent coverage. Cleaning it of leaves. Cutting it up. Watching it change over time. And appear ice-scape -like when the glues that hold it together got rained on. I like its impermanence somehow. I have to! And it goes on show here and is then thrown on a dump. Ideally I would like it to stay in situation, and melt into the ground slowly..and sadly?!.   If anybody should take to it long term…please feel free to take it away after here.  Free of course.

Irish artist Paul Mosse (born 1946) received his B.A. in Art and Design from Chelsea College of Art, London. Mosse has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland as well as Europe and America. His numerous awards include; Carroll’s Prize in Living Art Exhibition (1968); Boise Scholarship, British School at Rome (1969); and the Irish American Cultural Institute O’Malley Art Award (2011-12). Mosse was elected a member of Aosdána in 2008. His work can be found in numerous public collections including; Arts Council of Ireland; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; Limerick City Gallery of Art; Trinity College Dublin; and private collections in Ireland, Europe and the USA

Main shows. /  Butler Gallery. “Works”1991-2/ Douglas Hyde Gallery. “Partial” 1997

Butler Gallery “Make, Break, Make” 2012 “Visual”, Carlow. “What’s With The Apocolypse?”

Awards. /“Living Art” Award 1968 /Boise Scholarship 1970 /  Ernie OMalley Award 2011-12 /  Saville Award. 2018 / Member of “Aosdana”.

Photograph: Conor McKeown