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Dr Donal Moloney

Fine Art, Design and Film and Visual Culture
0151 291 3675

I studied at the Crawford College of Art (BA), the Slade School of Fine Art (MFA) and University of the Arts London (PhD). I am an Associate member of the Higher Education Academy.

My research interests and recent publications centre on debates surrounding contemporary painting as well as the interplay between specular highlights, the Lacanian 'gaze' and Cartesian perspectivalism. In my art practice I make intricate paintings that contain fragments of images from a wide variety of sources (drawings, sculptures, digital collages, etc.). Through a slow and protracted process of painting, these images are transformed into something jewel-like and precious, becoming a vehicle for my interest in fantastical imagery and ambiguous narratives. I have continuously exhibited and presented on my art practice, both nationally and internationally, at distinguished institutions over the past decade.

I have received numerous awards for my practice and research including the John Moores Visitors Choice Award (2016), the Andor Scholarship from the Slade School of Fine Art and have been shortlisted for the Denton’s Art Prize (2018) and the Contemporary British Painting Prize (2019).

Teaching Specialisms:
• Fine Art.
• Painting.
• The ‘Lacanian’ gaze.
• Scopic Regimes.

School Roles:
• Head of subject (Fine Art, Design and Film)
• Senior Lecturer in Fine Art.

Recent Works:
2021: ‘Refractive Pool’, Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool.
2021: ‘New Paintings’, Solo Exhibition at 46 Grand Parade, Crawford College of Art.
2020: ‘New Paintings’, Solo Exhibition, Output Gallery, Liverpool.
2020: ‘Fully Awake’, Holden Gallery, Manchester School of Art.
2020: ‘A.L.P.S. (A Little Painting Show)’, Brunswick Gallery, Leeds.
2019: ‘Output Open 3’, Make Hamilton Square, Liverpool
2019: ‘Hospital Rooms’ commission, NHS, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, London
2019: ‘Testing, 2019’, Unit 3 project Space, London
2019: ‘Colour and Poetry: A Symposium’, Slade Research Centre, University College London.
2019: ‘Substantifs’, Arthouse1, London
2018: ‘Surfaced: Surface and Materiality in the Screen Environment’, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London
2018: ‘Beautiful Monsters’, Portico Library, Manchester
2018: ‘Denton’s Art Prize’, Dentons, London (Shortlisted)
2017-18: ‘Fully Awake’, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow.
2017: ‘Menzel’s Foot’, PS Mirabel, Manchester
2016: ‘Northern Abstracts’, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester 
2016: ‘Donal Moloney, New Works on Paper’, A Small View, Liverpool
2016: ‘Bankley Open Call Exhibition’ Bankley Gallery, Manchester
2016: ‘Pleasure Islands’, Artwork Ateller, Salford
2016: ‘The John Moores Painting Prize Exhibition’, The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (Prize winner)
2016: ‘The Abject Object’, Wimbledon Space, London

For more information about recent work and exhibitions see:

Recent Publications:
Moloney, D (2020: upcoming) ‘Representation and the Scopic Regime of (Post)Cartesianism’, in Purgar, K. (ed) The Palgrave Handbook of Image Studies. London: Palgrave McMillan.

Moloney, D. (2017) ‘Visual Slippages between the Picture Plane and the Painting Surface: Richard Estes’ Double Self-Portrait (1976)’, The International Journal of the Arts in Society: Annual Review, 12 (1), pp. 1-13. 

Hartshorne, I., Moloney, D. and Quaife, M. (2016) Teaching Painting: How Can Painting Be Taught in Art Schools? London: Black Dog Publishing.

Boards / Networks:
2017-present: Associate Editor of the International Journal of the Arts in Society.
2016-present: Member of ‘Teaching Painting: An Organisation’ Steering Committee
2011-present: Associate member of the Higher Education Academy.