A recurrent theme in Des Kilfeather's art is the philosophical exploration of ethics, greed, power, ambition, jealousy, apathy and time. Counterbalanced with poetic narratives of love, optimism and humour Des seeks to comment on that elusive human trait which overules ethical conscience.
Along with research, starkly and dramatically contrasting personal experiences inform Des' work. These are the main source of inspiration for the expression of doubt and optimism in his paintings.
Working with oil, ink, watercolour, etched copper plate, camera, digital manipulation and metaphor at multiple levels Des believes that the medium is superseded by concept.
Des studied photography at the University of Brighton, aesthetics, painting and drawing at the Edward James Trust's West Dean College and Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth. He is a voluteer community programme supporter and art collection researcher at the Pallant House Gallery. Des' studio is in Chichester as part of Unity Art Studios and Unity Arts Trust and his work is held in collections in the UK and USA.
News: November 2013. Des Kilfeather publishes new eBook paper on Amazon. -Introibo ad altare Dei; Is artist intention over-ruled by the unconscious self?
News: October 2013. Des Kilfeather inivited to represent the UK by the International Selection Committe of the Florence Biennale 2013, exhibtion Ethics: DNA of Art.
News: October 2013. Des Kilfeather selected for UK National Open Art Exhibitons at the Royal College of Art London and the Chichester Theatre.
News: June 2013 - December 2013. Des Kilfeather, in collaboration with the UK South's foremost public gallery The Pallant House is undertaking research into "artist's intention and the unconscious self". This research is being conducted through the gallery's volunteering StepUp programme.
News: February 2012. The Saatchi Online website homepage features Des Kilfeather's work as part of New This Week.
News: Dublin City, (UNESCO City of Literature), Dublin Library Service, Failte Ireland, Tourism Dublin and the Dublin Writers Museum have invited Des Kilfeather to show his James Joyce's Dubliners body of work at the Dublin Writers Museum Gallery 19 March - 19 May 2012.
News: Writers Museum Gallelry exhibition extended until the end of June 2012.
News: Des Kilfeather's painting The Jolly Sailor shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition 2012 and is included in the NOAC website.
News: The University at Buffalo, New York, has acquired copy number 1. of Kilfeather's artist's book; James Joyce's Dubliners, a Visual Response.
News: Kilfeather's painting, Click, oil on canvas, 5' x 4', receives the Picture Framer's Endowment Award in the UK National Open Art Competition. Click is one of 118 works selected for this prestigious exhibition, from an entry of over 1,700 artists, shortlisted to 400. The panel of judges was chaired by Gavin Turk.
News: Kilfeather launches the first Cyber Relational Art project on flickr. This exploratory project by Kilfeather is intended to engage with an audience with widely varying opinions and backgrounds, from professional artists to those who may have had no previous experience of fine art or no opportunity to express themselves through the medium. http://www.flickr.com/photos/28880384@N06/5105591932/
KUNST WEISSENSEE 2014, Curated by Javier Ramirez. Galerie MARZIA FROZEN, Berlin. 8th March to 2nd April 2014.