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Marcel Vidal - Artists - Kerlin Gallery

Marcel Vidal makes paintings and sculptures. Quietly disarming and unsettling us with an ominous beauty, Vidal’s paintings are marked by their controlled brushwork, layering oil on linen with delicacy and precision. They are refined and restrained, incarnating brightly lit fragments of photographs or digital images: unidentified figures seem caught by flashbulbs, and hold their arms in defensive barriers; glossy foliage catches the light before retreating into darkness; distinguished hands are frozen mid-clap. Vidal’s minimal compositions are severely cropped to reveal only a sliver of their subject, using ambiguity to frustrate interpretation, all while inviting our curiosity. 
 
Vidal’s sculptures, meanwhile, encompass contrasting and combative textures and materials: furs, feathers or deer hooves mixed with assembled wood, concrete or industrial metal hardware. Chains, spikes and pest-prevention devices are rigged up for attack or defence, echoing the hostility of urban space and inner-city infrastructure. The sculptures often house small, self-contained watercolour paintings that rub up against the authority of their environments: ribbons of sausages, fragments of sculptures, an irreverent asshole. In Vidal’s most recent work, sculptural assemblages have expanded outwards into more immersive environments, entering a dialogue with the history, architecture and symbolism of the spaces they inhabit. Gallery walls have been suffused with matte black spray paint, or floors softened with artificial grass, creating unexpected and surprising spatial shifts. Visually arresting, these sculptural environments create a playful tension between the organic and the constructed, the threatening and fetishistic, the vital and the macabre. 

 

Marcel Vidal lives and works in Dublin.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Marcel Vidal 
Banana X, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana X, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

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Marcel Vidal 
Banana XI, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana XI, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

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Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

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Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

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Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

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Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 
Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

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Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

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Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

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Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   
Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

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Marcel Vidal 
White Dress II, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

Marcel Vidal 
White Dress II, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

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Marcel Vidal 
White Dress III, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

Marcel Vidal 
White Dress III, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

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Marcel Vidal 
Fingers, 2019
oil on linen
60 x 50 cm / 23.6 x 19.7 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Fingers, 2019
oil on linen
60 x 50 cm / 23.6 x 19.7 in   

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Marcel Vidal 
Red dress, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 40.5 cm / 19.7 x 15.9 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Red dress, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 40.5 cm / 19.7 x 15.9 in   

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Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 

Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 

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Marcel Vidal 
Lily, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
Lily, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

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Marcel Vidal 
White Rose, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
White Rose, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

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Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 
Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 

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Marcel Vidal 
Cactus, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
Cactus, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

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Marcel Vidal 
Banana X, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana X, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana XI, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana XI, 2022
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Banana IX, 2021
oil on linen
160 x 120 cm / 63 x 47.2 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker II, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker I, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Walker III, 2021
oil on linen
200 x 150 cm / 78.7 x 59.1 in 

Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Grey, yellow, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Green, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Blue, Grey, 2020
oil on linen
140 x 105 cm / 55.1 x 41.3 in   

Marcel Vidal 
White Dress II, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

Marcel Vidal 
White Dress II, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

Marcel Vidal 
White Dress III, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

Marcel Vidal 
White Dress III, 2018
oil on linen
70 x 60 cm / 27.6 x 23.6 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Fingers, 2019
oil on linen
60 x 50 cm / 23.6 x 19.7 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Fingers, 2019
oil on linen
60 x 50 cm / 23.6 x 19.7 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Red dress, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 40.5 cm / 19.7 x 15.9 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Red dress, 2017
oil on linen
50 x 40.5 cm / 19.7 x 15.9 in   

Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 

Marcel Vidal 
Balcony, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper, framed with glass bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, animal hooves, glue, twine, linen, plaster
196 x 62 x 62 cm / 77.2 x 24.4 x 24.4 in 
Collection of Arts Council of Ireland

 

Marcel Vidal 
Lily, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
Lily, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
White Rose, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
White Rose, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Dead in the day, 2017
expanding foam, spray paint, wood, watercolour on paper framed with glass, bitumen, zinc fittings, castor wheels, rubber, animal fur, linen, plaster
241 x 120 x 80 cm / 94.9 x 47.2 x 31.5 in 

 

Marcel Vidal 
Cactus, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Marcel Vidal 
Cactus, 2017
oil on linen
30 x 25 cm / 11.8 x 9.8 in   

 

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Thumbnails
Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 
Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 

Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 

Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty
Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty
Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty
Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty
Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty

Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty

Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska
Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska
Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska
Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska
Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska
Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska
Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska

Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska

Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland
Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 

Marcel Vidal
Everybody Knows, Marcel Vidal & Paul Hallahan, 2020
The Complex Dublin, Ireland

 

Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal
The Hennessy Craig Award Exhibition, 2019
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty

Marcel Vidal
SILVERFISH, 2018
The Dock Arts, Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Photo: Paul McCarty

Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska

Marcel Vidal
Donut, 2017-18
Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, Ireland
Photo: Kasia Kaminska

Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal
#untitled, 2013
Basic Space, Dublin, Ireland

Marcel Vidal, SILVERFISH, 2018, The Dock Arts Centre Leitrim, Ireland.
Commissioned  by The Dock Arts Centre and Video production - pinklimevideos.ie supported by The Arts Council of Ireland - artscouncil.ie
 

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Marcel Vidal, SILVERFISH, 2018, The Dock Arts Centre Leitrim, Ireland.
Commissioned  by The Dock Arts Centre and Video production - pinklimevideos.ie supported by The Arts Council of Ireland - artscouncil.ie