I am pleased to announce I will be launching a new solo exhibition at the Empress Gallery in Belfast on Wednesday 30th November, with a reception from 6-8pm. All are welcome. This exhibition will run until January 29th 2012. The press release is printed  below.


Structure is John Macormac’s new solo exhibition of recent works on card and paper and wood. The title refers to the artists concern with combining many elements and techniques to construct works that provoke a subjective sense of atmosphere, and a relationship of entities that coheres in the mind of the viewer.

The artist combines collage, oil paint, acrylics, emulsion, ink, spray paint, conte crayon, chalk, felt tips, pencil and anything else that appeals. Found photographs and fragments of text can be included because of a personal sense of meaning, or purely as passages of visual ‘noise.’
The work does not start with a finished image in mind. Rather it carries a sense of practical progression; each new area suggests the context and space for the next aspect of the piece. The artist will often work on several at a time. Pieces are often playful, rough edges and accidents are encouraged. The work is in a constant state of evolution and reinvention. Layers are added and scraped back. Each finished piece displays evidence of this process of revision, editing and adding new elements until it feels right to stop.

Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2003 with a First Class degree in Fine Art, John have been working in Cathedral Studios in Belfast. He has participated in many shows including ‘Arrivals’ at the Ormeau Baths Gallery in July 2010 and a 3 person show ‘Graphic’ in the Engine Room in the summer of 2008 As a group, Cathedral Studios have been featured in late night art tours of Belfast art venues and exhibited in spaces as diverse as Newtownards Town Hall in 2011 and the Work Atelier SK Den Helder, Netherlands in 2007.

Here is a video of Cathedral Studios by the very talented Peter Adam. I’m the last artist featured in it: