Spotlight on Ireland-based fine artist Padraic O Cadhain.
By Daniel Barron
Originating in Galway, Ireland, Padraic O Cadhain spent much of his formative years, as many kids do, doodling. He describes in his bio: “I’ve always had a keen interest in drawing. One of my earliest memories is being able to poorly trace Bart Simpson as a four-year-old. I followed Don Conroy’s instructions on The Den in using combination of circles to create owls, adored the creativity of Art Attack with Neal Buchanan and embraced the zaniness of Mark Speight on SMart on BBC.”
While an artistic itch is common among children, far less see it as a sustainable way of life. As Cadhain entered into his teenage years, he pursued more obvious career prospects like programming while occupying himself with a range of side projects that would gain national and international media attention, such as producing a popular web comic, writing a pop culture blog, recording an album, and creating animated videos for YouTube. Finally, after nine years working as a butcher, Cadhain recognized his true calling and attacked the canvas with a fervor inspired by pop art greats such as Drew Struzan, John Alvin, and Jim Lee.
“Having never painted until I desperately needed a cheap Christmas present in 2012, I initially painted whatever tickled my fancy, and boy howdy, do I like my fancy tickled. Before long, these presents lead to commissions for personal and business use and winning entries in local competitions,” he writes.
Three years of practice has produced a lush, aesthetically verdant style that honors many of his closest inspirations. Diagnosed with a rare type of colorblindness, Cadhain’s perceptions cause him to flavor his pieces with dashes of light primary colors that imbue his controlled compositions with a spark of spontaneity. It’s instantly recognizable, decidedly fancy-tickling look that should feather the senses of many a viewer.
View more art by Padraic O Cadhain on his website.
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