Marcel Vidal makes paintings and sculptures. He graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2009. He works intuitively with a variety of materials, constructing distinctive sculptures, that often stage and frame his paintings. His approach to sculpture and its assembled chaos and combative insistence is strongly contrasted by his paintings made in oil and watercolor. Vidal's paintings are restrained, often withholding information, through rigorous cropping in an attempt to frustrate interpretation. The convergence of these two modes of production and their aesthetic contrast is what interests him.
Marcel is a recipient of The Golden Fleece Main Award for Visual Art (2019) and Wicklow Artist Support Grant (2019)
Forthcoming: The RHA Hennessy Craig Biannual Award Announcement exhibition (2019); 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson, Authored by Kurt Beers, Beers London (2019); Irish Arts Review by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith Winter Edition (2019) Solo Ashford Gallery, RHA Dublin (Solo)(2020) Awarded FSAS Residential Studio (2020)
Exhibitions include: The 189th RHA Annual Exhibition Dublin (2019) SILVERFISH The Dock Carrick on Shannon, Leitrim (2018); WHITE NOISE, FUTURES, RHA Dublin (2018); Syntonic State, Tulca, Curated by Linda Shevlin, Galway (2018); Island Life, Custom House Studios and Gallery Westport (2018); Island Life, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery Dublin (2018); STREAM Limerick Curated by Paul McGrane and Mark O’Gorman, The Sailors Home, Limerick City (2018); 188th RHA Annual Exhibition Dublin (2018); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2017); Atrium Space, Temple Bar Gallery + Studio, Dublin (2017); Carnage Visors, curated by Paul McAree, RUA RED, Dublin (2016)
Awards include: The Fire Station Sculpture Workshop Award & Bursary (2018); Art Council of Ireland, Visual Arts Bursary Award (2018); Wicklow County Artist Bursary (2012); Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award (2012) and K&M Evans painting prize awarded for entry to RHA annual (2010). He has undertaken residencies at USF Verftet, Bergen, Norway (2012) and Royal Hibernian Academy studio, Dublin, Ireland (2011).
Shortlisted: The Merrion Plinth Award, TBG+S + ISCP NYC residency and The TBG+S and HIAP International Residency Exchange (2019)