Padraig McCaul is a full time artist, originally from Dublin, but now based on Achill Island, where he lives with his wife Anne, and three children.
He runs a series of painting workshops on Achill during the summer months.
Padraig works with oil on canvas, using a single palette knife and brush to create his semi-abstract, colour filled paintings, that evoke the solitary simplicity of life on the west coast of Ireland.
Since moving to Achill in 2012, his evocative paintings of the west have continued to evolve to include more figurative work, sometimes based on, but always inspired by his own family. He is internationally recognised, and his work is included in many private and public collections both at home and abroad.
Padraig says “ My work is inspired and influenced by classic landscape paintings of Paul Henry and Roderic O’Connor, as well as contemporary artists such as Donald Teskey. My use of strong, vibrant colours to describe my Irish Landscapes has been inspired by French artists – Cezanne and Claude Idias. My colours come from what I see, sometimes exaggerated in order to bring out the life and energy in the Landscapes and seas.