b. 1984, Wicklow, Ireland
Marcel Vidal makes paintings and sculptures. He works intuitively with a variety of materials, constructing distinctive sculptures, that often stage and frame his paintings. His approach to sculpture and its assembled chaos and combative insistence is strongly contrasted by his paintings made in oil and watercolor. Vidal's paintings are restrained, often withholding information, through rigorous cropping in an attempt to frustrate interpretation. He graduated from NCAD in 2009.
Recent solo exhibitions include: SILVERFISH, The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon Leitrim, (2018); Donut, Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, (2017/2018); #untitled, Basic Space, Dublin, (2013); “05:09:12”, Nag gallery, Dublin, (2012); Selected group exhibitions include, Hennessy Craig Award Shortlist exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Ireland, (2019); National Gallery of Ireland Zurich Portrait Prize Shortlist exhibition, (2019); 189th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Ireland, (2019); Too Much Sugar, Drawing & Installation Station, TBG+S, Ireland, (2019); Syntonic State, Tulca, Galway, (2018); Hannah Fitz / Áine McBride / Daniel Rios Rodriguez / Marcel Vidal, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2017); ARTWORKS, Carlow Arts festival, London, (2016) and MOON FARK, Jason Dunne / Marcel Vidal / David Eager Maher, RAKE, Norway, (2014).
Vidal is a recipient of Arts council of Ireland Next Generation Award, (2019); Winner of The Hennessy Craig Award, RHA Gallery, (2019); Winner of the Main Prize Golden Fleece Award, (2019); Wicklow County Council Artist Support Grant, (2019); Art Council Bursary award (2018); Fire Station Sculpture Workshop Award + Bursary, (2018); Temple Bar Gallery and studios, Dublin, Ireland. (3 year membership studio) (2018) and Temple Bar Gallery and studios, (Project studio), Dublin, Ireland. (2017).