Jason O’Ceannobháin is a wildlife, equine and portrait artist based in the historically rich town of Celbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland.
Delve into his artistic vision of equine and wildlife and explore a diverse range of contemporary art inspired by countless hours of observation and research.
“I started painting and sketching at a very young age. Each day, I spent hours practicing art, drawing anything that captured my interest.
When I was fourteen, I held my first exhibition in Lucan, Co. Dublin. It received great interest and inspirational feedback from the public and fellow artists. Later that same year I was honored to present a commissioned painting of the historic Castletown Gates, Celbridge, Co. Kildare to the former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese. In 2005 I received a B.A. Honors Degree in Art and Animation at Ballyfermot College, Dublin and focused my career on fine art.
I traveled around rural Ireland, painting different landscape scenes, villages and towns but my true passion is in wildlife and equine studies.
In 2007 I traveled through many parts of Europe and Australia in search of new encounters and opportunities.
Upon my return to Ireland, I began working on an African wildlife themed exhibition called ‘The Architects of the Savanna’. I created a collection of paintings which fabricated a successful show, bedding the foundations of becoming a professional artist.
As an artist, I want my work to be exclusive with a signature style that’s never been created before.
I have always admired modern architecture and décor, particularly the simplistic forms and clean lines that depicts the modern look.
Inspired by these characteristics I designed a body of diverse art, merging sharp geometric shapes with contemporary paintings. This format constructs different symmetrical frames, positioned atop of one another to compliment the painted subject.
These layered panel paintings are designed to introduce tenacious character to modern décor, created in a manner that adds to the architecture, rather than take away from it.
My preferred medium is acrylic. When I have a painting in mind, I start my research through fieldwork photography which allows me to study the subject with a collaboration of different images. I then work out the best composition for the painting before introducing a detailed layout of light and colour tones.
I find great illumination in Ireland’s wildlife and love visiting different parts of the country in search of new ideas. Living in Kildare, I’m never too far from farmland and stables. One of my favorite challenges is to capture the strength and spirit of a horse. Their powerful anatomical structure and incredible energy is a great incentive.
To my fiancé, relatives, friends and fellow artists, I can’t thank you enough for all your support and encouragement”.