Dónall Billings is a professional artist with a breadth of experience in printmaking. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking from the University of Ulster (School of Art) Belfast and is currently studying a Masters in Arts Management at Queen’s University Belfast. He was awarded the Santander and Belfast Print Workshop residency for experimental printmaking and alternative photography techniques.
He has worked as a technician for Seacourt Print Workshop and Belfast Print Workshop and continues to explore the potential of printmaking’s technical and artistic challenges through innovation, collaboration, mentoring and facilitation. He has worked in collaboration with many national and international organisations and artists through editioning and arts projects.
His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he continues to create for exhibitions while also developing social engagement initiatives with community groups utilising the arts as the language of creative visual expression.
He was awarded the SIAP Arts Council award to explore lithographic techniques and has studied with many influential artists/printmakers. He has in-depth technical skills developed while working as a print technician and has refined these skills to encourage and support artists through mentoring schemes.
The images displayed for Belfast Print Workshop are a snapshot of a time and place in the artistic story of printmaking. The influences range from setting and accomplishing technical challenges to the realisation of artistic concepts and research. Printmaking is a means to achieve this realisation of creative expression but is also adaptable enough to be informed by other disciplines and to inform other areas.
Dónall’s artwork is influenced by our relationships with each other, ourselves and our environment. This has manifested in work that is on paper and work that is sculptural and/or combining all of these elements. He seeks to continually practice and remain open to influences that will enable the creation of artwork of a high standard that offers the best voice for self-expression.