David Eager Maher makes figurative paintings and drawings. He sets out to pay particular attention to nuance and ambivalence. In recent years the subject matter and imagery is intently paired-back and distilled, focused primarily on the natural world and interior space, using research that navigates the psychological experience of interior and exterior spaces, with a particular focus on the odd or unforeseen consequences of human intervention in the natural world.
“One major development is that Eager Maher is now much more a painter than he was. Not that he couldn’t use paint – he certainly could – but now he is at ease with the medium, and able to use its characteristics in shaping his work rather than merely fleshing out an image. Witness especially Annexe, Spool and Thicket, all of which use the quality of brush strokes, the translucency of glazes, and selective colour to great effect. Add Fruit Tree, in which a resplendent interior is littered with felled trees, and you have the four best works in a consistently impressive show, a terrific quartet”
- Aidan Dunne 2018, (excerpt) Dec 2018 The Irish Times.
Selected solo exhibitions : 2018 Dream Head, Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin, Germany. 2017 Locus, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. 2017 Villa, Galerie Drei Ringe, Leipzig, Germany. 2015 Inheritance, Galerie Drei Ringe, Leipzig, Germany.
Selected Group Exhibitions : 2019 / 20 Previous, ODP Galerie Leipzig, Germany. 2019 PARALLAX, Rear Window. Oliver Sears Gallery, 4 Masons Yard, St James, London. 2018 Paper Positions Art Fair, Frankfurt, Jarmuschek + Partner. 2017 Jealous Wall, Luan Gallery, Athlone. Curated by Séamus McCormack. 2017 Exploration Landscape, Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin. 2017 les rêveries du promeneur solitaire, Galerie Drei Ringe, Leipzig. 2016 Paper Works II, Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin.
David Eager Maher is represented by Jarmuschek + Partner Berlin, ODP Galerie Leipzig and Oliver Sears Gallery Dublin.