Cecilia Danell (b.1985) is a Swedish artist based in Galway, Ireland since 2004. While regarding painting as her main medium, her work is multifaceted and also utilises film, and installation. Through her own encounters with the Scandinavian landscape, she explores the theatricality of places that become imbued with artifice, as they can’t live up to the human need for that which is primal, wild and untouched.
Recent exhibitions include: ‘In a Landscape’ (solo) at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Dublin (2019), ‘Winter Wanderer’ (solo) at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin (2019), ‘Futures – Series 3 Episode 2’ at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) (2018), ‘Island Life’ Kevin Kavanagh Gallery (2018), and BEEP Painting Biennial, Swansea, UK (2018), ‘The Last Wilderness’ (solo) at The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon (2017) and Galway Arts Centre (2017), which garnered a five star review in the Irish Times: ”A Landscape of the mind, and a terrifically effective one too” (Aidan Dunne, 28/03/17). She was a recipient of the 2017 Arts Council Next Generation Award and was named one of eight artists to watch in 2019 by critic Cristin Leach. She has previously received Arts Council Bursary and Project Awards, the 2011 Wexford Arts Centre Emerging Artist Award and a 2016 residency award at the Nordic Artists’ Centre Dale, Norway funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Her work is in the collections of the OPW, Kelly Resort Hotel, Rosslare, Wexford County Council, Galway City Council, Motala Municipal Council, Sweden. A publication on Danell’s work with an essay by Sue Rainsford was launched in March 2017. Cecilia Danell is represented by Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.