- 10 Oct 17
Bombarded by schizophrenia, addiction and homelessness, you might say that Eoghan O’Driscoll has been to hell and back. But he is finding a new balance through painting. Interview: Michael Lanigan
Eoghan O’Driscoll is inspecting a small blank canvas in his Kilkenny studio.
“The work is what it is,” he says. “It’s not always darkness into light, but includes both aspects of the universal condition. As a society, we’re in denial of that. We’re told to be happy or to become IFSC accountants. That’s what you’re meant to aspire towards, but it’s not on the cards for me, I don’t think.”
Born in Kilkenny, Eoghan is a nephew of the poet Dennis O’Driscoll. In recent years Eoghan himself has attracted attention as an artist, most notably after he was featured on the Late Late Show, as part of Brent Pope’s 2015 art expo Beyond: Outsider Art. His work encompasses his personal struggles with schizophrenia, addiction and homelessness. But while he is clear that painting will not solve these problems, he does believe that art can be a way to own, understand and control them. DARK AND DEMONIC