Custom House Studios + Gallery are pleased to host an exhibition of drawings Hinterlands by Phill Foley. Exhibition runs from Thursday, 29th July until Sunday, 22nd August 2021.
The areas of extensive countryside around the west of Ireland are often referred to as the ‘hinterlands’ – a German term that loosely translates as ‘the land behind’. It describes how we perceive these places as remote yet connected to us. Through my practice, I depict these natural spaces, investigating how the hinterlands inform our sense of time and place in subtle but crucial ways.
Phill Foley is an Irish visual artist based between Galway and Dublin. Phill studied Fine Arts at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology Centre for Creative Arts and Media and graduated in 2014 with a First-Class BA (Hons) in Painting. Through his practice of drawing Phill depicts the liminal spaces of the natural landscape, investigating how these hinterlands inform our sense of time and place in subtle but crucial ways.
Phill has exhibited across Ireland and abroad, participating in major shows, such as the annual RHA exhibition and the RDS Student Art Awards, as well as exhibiting work in the Galway Arts Centre, Rua Red, The Hunt Museum and The Model. Phill has also shown work as part of group exhibitions with The Dock (A Knowing Nature, 2015) and 126 Artist-Run Gallery (Synthesis, 2014) completed his first solo exhibition with Newtownards Arts Centre (Hinterlands, 2018). In addition to maintaining a professional art practice, Phill also works as an educator teaching art to children and adults.