Billy Foley, b.1961, studied at the Crawford College of Art and Design 1980-1985. Based in Cork City, Foley has exhibited regularly in Ireland over the past ten years and has had several major exhibitions in the Netherlands and Belgium. He is a studio holder and director of the Cork Artists Collective and founder project manager of The Guest House Shandon. Foley has been a part-time Art facilitator with Cork Prison since 1994. Current exhibitions and projects include: RHA, Ashford Gallery, Dublin, 2013.
Field of vision: Lewis Glucksman Gallery, 2011. Qua Art – Qua Science. The University Of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands 2008. Fenton Gallery Cork and Galerie Beeld & Aambeeld, Netherlands. 2000-2013
He has received awards and funding from The Arts Council of Ireland and The Department of Foreign Affairs Cultural Relations Committee and The Cork City Council. His work is represented in many private and public collections including, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Bank of Ireland, Arts Council Of Ireland, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, University College Hospital Cork, Scott Tallon and Walker Architects, University College Cork, The University Of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, The Office of Public Works, Cork City Council, Irish Broadcasting Commission Dublin, Magee and Co., Graphic Design, London, Cork Opera House, RTE, Henry Ford and Son Ltd., Ireland, Pfizers Pharmaceuticals Production Corporation Ireland.
In these paintings I am searching for that moment where on canvas painted line, space and substance come into existence as form and structure. The paintings are reduced to the essences of gesture, line, white space and primary colour to investigate the structural fabric of space and form. These works are concerned with how the figure and space are seen as binary experiences in a singular struggle.