Biography

Clement McAleer was born in Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. After Foundation Course in Belfast (1971-72) he studied Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art (1972-75) and the Royal College of Art, London (1975-78). He was awarded the J Andrew Lloyd Award for Landscape Painting (RCA) in 1978 before moving to Liverpool where he was a prizewinner in the John Moores Exhibition (XI). He then settled in Liverpool and was based in a studio in the Bluecoat Arts Centre for twenty five years. He kept in regular contact with his home base in Ireland over the years with residencies and holding exhibitions in various parts of the country. In 2003 he then moved to Belfast where he joined Queen Street Studios (Belfast's oldest established artist's studio group). In 1981 he was awarded a Major Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in the same year completed a Mural commission for The Royal Liverpool Hospital.

 

Having exhibited extensively in Dublin, Belfast, London and abroad his work has steadily entered public and corporate collections including Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Ulster Museum (Belfast), Walker Art Gallery (Liverpool), the Arts Councils of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the European Parliament (Brussels) and Allied Irish Banks.

 

The focus of McAleer’s paintings, primarily landscape; not the particularities of place, but rather the restless, shifting aspects of nature where cloud or water, land or sea transforms themselves atmospherically, one into another. The Irish coast is a dominate source and the memory of it lurks everywhere in the studio. Travels in Europe and America have also inspired a number of works, particularly the series of railway paintings in Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, where a stronger emphasis on structure again entered the work. Sometimes a visible grid is created and then submerged, abstracting each painting, serving also to release it slowly as the sense of ‘being there’ establishes itself.

Born Co. Tyrone

 

1971-72 Ulster College of Art & Design

1972-75 Canterbury College of Art

1975-78 Royal College of Art

1978 J Andrew Lloyd Award for Landscape Painting (RCA)

1978 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition XI (Prizewinner)

1981 Major Award Arts Council of Northern Ireland

1981 Mural Commission, Royal Liverpool Hospital

 

 

Solo exhibitions:

 

2016 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

2006 - 2014 gordon gallery, Derry

1985 - 2014 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

1993 - 2009 Art First, London

1982 - 1983 Paton Gallery, London

1979 - 1985 Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

2012 Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

1999 View Gallery, Liverpool

Monaghan County Museum, Ireland

1995 Aldeburg Festival

Ainscough Gallery, Liverpool

1993 Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham

1992 Turnpike Gallery, Leigh

1991 Midlands Contemporary Art, Birmingham

1990 Sligo Arts Festival, Ireland

Narrow Water Gallery, Co. Down

John Clare Series, University of Liverpool

1987 The Winchester Gallery (touring exhibition)

Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport

Worcester City Art Gallery

1983 Milton Keynes Exhibition Gallery

1981 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin

 

 

 

Selected group exhibitions:

 

2007 - 2016 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

2004 - 2016 Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast

2004 - 2016 Boyle Arts Ferstival, Boyle

2014 Method & Material, gordon gallery, Derry

2002 H20, Water’s Edge, Art First, London

Summer at Art First, New York

Carlton Festival Exhibition, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland

Boyle Arts Festival

Works on Paper, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast

Living Landscape, Skibereen, Co. Cork and tour to Scotland

2000 Art 2000, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

1999 Art ‘99, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

Starting a Collection, Art First, London

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

1998 Rolling Devolution, Crawford Art Centre, St. Andrews, touring Scotland, Ireland and Wales

Art ‘98, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Henley on Thames Festival, with Art First

1998 Rolling Devolution, Crawford Art Centre, St. Andrews, touring Scotland, Ireland and Wales

Art ‘98, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London

Henley on Thames Festival, with Art First

1997 Three Years on!, Art First, London

Art ‘97, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

1996 Art ‘96, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

1995 The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

Landscape at Large, Art First, London

House Painters, Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool

Words, Aspex gallery, Portsmouth touring to Fringe Gallery, Glasgow

1994 Art ’94, The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Art First

The Featured Land, Art First, London

1991 The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington with Midlands Contemporary Art

John Moores 18, Liverpool (Prizewinner)

1991 Parable island (Irish Art), Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

1990 Art Cologne 1988 (Fenderesky Gallery), Cologne

1988 Ulster Art in the ‘80s, Gallaher Gallery, Dublin

Art Cologne 1988 (Fenderesky Gallery), Cologne

1987 Kunst Aus Liverpool (5 Artists), BBK Gallery, Cologne

1985 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition XIV

14 Artists from Belfast, Mexico City

1983 The Granada Collection, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

1982 The Ulysses Project, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

Irish Art, Vermont, USA

1981 Hibernian Inscape, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

Orchard Gallery, Derry

Third Eye Centre, Glasgow

Triptychs, Ian Birksted Gallery, London

1978 John Moores Liverpool Exhibition XI (Prizewinner)

 

 

 

Bibliography:

Jamshid Mirfenderesky, John Clare Series,Naughton Gallery, Belfast, 2014

Liam Kelly, Land Crossings, Irish Arts Review, Autumn 2012

Interview with Brian McAvera, Irish Arts Review, Spring 2006

Brian McAvera, ‘Memory and Invention’, Irish Arts Review, 2006*

Enda Wyley, Opening the Door, Exhibition Catalogue, Art First, 2000

Pam Meecham, Revisiting Landscape, Fenderesky Gallery, 1999

Brian McAvera, Rolling Devolution, Exhibition Catalogue, 1997

Brian McAvera, Land and Sea, Exhibition Catalogue, Art First, 1996

Liam Kelly, Thinking Long, 1996

Frances Ruane, AIB Art, 1995

James Hamilton, Irish Arts Review Year Book, 1993

Martin Anglesea, Portraits and Prospects, Ulster Museum, 1989

Liam Kelly, Exhibition Catalogue, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast,1985

 

Collections:

 

Allied Irish Bank

Amersham International

Arthur Anderson & Co.

Arts Council of Great Britain

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

AXA Insurance

Bank of Ireland

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

BUPA

City Hospital, Belfast

Davies, Wallis, Foyster (Solicitors)

Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland)

European Parliament (Brussels)

Granada Television

IBM United Kingdom

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Littlewoods Organisation

Lombard and Ulster

Malthouse & Co. (Chartered Accountants)

Office of Public Works

Royal College of Art

The Royal Liverpool Hospital

The Royal Victoria Hospital

Ulster Museum

Ulster Television

Unilever Ltd.

University of Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead