Una Gildea

I am an artist and illustrator and use animation, collage, painting and drawing in my work. I studied painting, drawing and print making at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and The School of Visual Arts, New York and animation at the University of the West of England, Bristol.

My work has been exhibited widely and my films have been shown at various festivals both here in Ireland, and in Europe.

I love the madness of collage. A medium, in the manner I use it, that allows me to juxtapose recognizable found images and transformed cutouts in pictorial narratives that invite the viewer to apply their own stories. Narratives at once oddly recognizable, yet uncomfortably odd; narratives often downright obscene, whilst pushing the chuckle-button; narratives that always aim to open the chute direct to the subconscious, that provoke an intuitive, not literal, sense, of what’s going on. That is my own goal in their making and what I hope the viewer will respond to in the viewing.

Sounds like fun? It is, and that’s what I aim for – my work is playful, ironic, full of humorous observations on the absurdity of life.

My commercial work reflects an ability to interpret and translate a pitch into a strong, clear, visual language. My clients here in Ireland have included The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, WomenMeanBusiness and CARA magazine.

I am a member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland www.illustratorsireland.com

And I am represented in New York by The July Group www.thejulygroup.com




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