CURRENT TONY O’MALLEY RESIDENT
Oscar Fouz Lopez (1979) is a Spanish born artist that lives and works in Dublin.
Lopez has had his work featured in group exhibitions such as Winter Open (2016) in Rua Red, Dublin, Insider Art (2016) in MCE, Belfast, and participated in the 187th and 188th Annual Show at the Royal Hibernian Academy. His solo show Pickled Chimp Ears was held at Pallas Projects as part of its 2018 program. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from D.I.T. in 2010 and was shortlisted for the Most Promising Graduate Award at the Talbot Gallery the same year. Lopez also holds an MFA in Painting from NCAD (2016) and is the current Tony O’Malley artist in residence for 2018/19. His work is held in both public and private collections including the Office of Public Works and the Trinity College Art Collection.
Lopez’s work is influenced by mythological stories which provide him with a combination of real historical facts, metaphors and philosophical teachings to draw from. According to Carl Jung, myths are embedded in the human psyche in the form of archetypes. Lopez’s paintings focus on the Hero archetype that endures personal challenges, which acts as a metaphor for self improvement.
Lopez tries to understand these kinds of writings within a contemporary frame, and questions to what extent they are still meaningful in the 21st Century. His paintings explore personalities and interactions between characters. Lopez understands that real connection between people could be seen as one of the challenges facing today’s Hero archetype; a figure who can exist in various shapes and colours. The compositions are infused with uneasiness and anticipation, and at times it seems that something crucial is just about to happen. In these awkward and humorous scenarios, the characters also seem to find it difficult to make connections among themselves. Lopez’s characters play out the Hero archetype in a world that is a reflection of our own culture.
Image 1: Oscar Fouz Lopez, I have a good hand, oil on canvas, 38x46cm, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.
Image 2: Oscar Fouz Lopez, Sap sample, oil on canvas, 91×86.5cm, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.
2017: Stephanie Deady
2016: Eithne Jordan RHA
2015: Paraic Leahy
2015: David Quinn
2014: Mollie Douthit
2014: Kevin Miller
2013: Ramon Kassam
2012: Gavin Murphy
2011: Magnhild Opdol