Painting the Head from Life Masterclass with Cian McLoughlin at the RHA


This course will be broken into four parts, each covering a different aspect of painting the head from life. Cian McLoughlin will perform a demo at the beginning of each part after which the participants will be able to apply the principles as they work on their own versions. Individual feedback will be given throughout the course.

The class will cover impasto, wet into wet painting, using non-conventional implements, composition, colour choice, blending/modelling and thoughts on figuration, abstraction and semi-abstraction. The technical implications of working with larger amounts of material (paint, mediums etc) will also be addressed.

Cian McLoughlin is a Dublin based artist. A graduate of architecture, he went on to complete a Masters in Film Studies in UCD before dedicating himself full time to painting. His work is largely focused on portraiture and urban landscapes. He has had four solo shows in Dublin and the most recent was his first solo show outside Ireland in the J. Cacciola Gallery in New York. He has featured in many group exhibitions including the National Portrait Gallery in London, the RUA, Art Miami, Art Toronto, King’s Palace London and the Annual Exhibition in the RHA where he won the Niccolo D’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Gold Medal in 2013 and showed as an invited artist in 2016. He is currently working on a series of abstract heads under the title of Tronies. The first of these Tronies was exhibited in the Hennessy Portrait Awards 2014 in the National Gallery of Ireland. In May 2015, this body of work was the subject of a talk he delivered, also in the National Gallery, titled Defamiliarization: Portraits and Tronies, as part of the Sean Scully Lecture Series on Contemporary Art. The first solo exhibition of this series will take place in November 2017 in the Molesworth Gallery in Dublin.

Date: 18 November
Masterclass fee: €250
Application deadline: 27 October
Artists interested in participating in this masterclass should apply by completing the online application form: rhagallery.ie/workshops/masterclass/