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Art degree puts alumnus on path to success

Fine Art graduate Paul Doran’s career continues to go from strength-to-strength.

Since graduating in 2011, and completing an MA Creative Practice in 2015, Paul has seen his art take him to Africa, feature in the Financial Times, and launch his own busy practice in Belfast.

Paul spent time in the West African city of Abidjan where he worked with local artists and helped set up a successful charity auction. Upon returning to Belfast, Paul spent time working on art projects based in Northern Ireland, which included initiatives for the rehabilitation of young offenders and a European Union commissioned multidimensional exhibition at the Andrews Gallery, The Titanic Museum, Belfast.

Paul has also worked collaboratively with the celebrated Northern Ireland Muralists Mark Ervine and Danny Devenny on projects such as ‘No Walls Act 1’. In 2018, the journalist Stephen Groves wrote an essay published in the Financial Times which features Paul Doran and Mark Ervine.

As well as muralist works and community projects, Paul has a busy studio practice producing vibrant and innovative paintings which often straddle the line between abstraction and figuration. Paul’s paintings were recently described by Aidan Dunne in The Irish Times as ‘colourful, spirited, gestural paintings, usually with busy surfaces, their rhythmic patterns and imagery freely mixing abstraction and figuration’. 

A solo exhibition of Paul's work will be on display in Zari Gallery, London Fitzrovia from 22nd June - 10th July 2020. 

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Published on 05/02/2020