Pigsy, seeking calm and solitude within artistic chaos

A Pigsy painting.
A Pigsy painting. / SUR
  • The Irish artist draws on his own life experiences to create his figurative and hyper gestural works of art on show at La Casa Amarilla art gallery in Malaga

La Casa Amarilla art gallery in Malaga is hosting a new exhibition by Irish artist Ciaran McCoy from tomorrow, Saturday, until Tuesday 6 April. Born in Dublin in 1972, the established architect and artist, who paints under the alter-ego Pigsy, will unveil his latest collection of work under the title of I Went to Mass.

The exhibition consists of a body of work created during the last twelve months with which the artist explores themes about seeking calm and solitude in the chaos of what is being presented to society today.

The works are based around a poem penned by Pigsy in which he states that he went to mass in order to "pray my way and condemn the chaos and transcend into a peaceful mind".

The central piece of the exhibition is titled I've Given Enough, a painting that questions the art of bullfighting. The piece shows a bull armed with a gun, which the artist says "levels out an unequal scenario and allows the bull to have enough force to exert a win in this unfair fight".

Pigsy, who has lived with dyslexia for all of his life, draws on his architectural knowledge and other life experiences to create his diverse expressionist artworks, which he describes as "figurative and hyper gestural". He uses a mixture of chalk, charcoal, acrylic and spray paint to produce his works, many of which are semi-biographical and portray spontaneity, frustration, simplicity and emotion.

Curated by David Burbano, this is the artist's first solo exhibition in Malaga.

The exhibition is free and masks must be worn inside the gallery (