Lorcan Vallely was born in Armagh in 1979. He is a member of a well-known family in the world of art and music. His father is the internationally acclaimed painter John B Vallely, who founded the traditional music organisation Armagh Pipers Club with his brother Dara Vallely and cousin Fintan Vallely. Lorcan’s three brothers Niall Vallely, Cillian Vallely and Caoimhín Vallely are professional traditional musicians.
Vallely attended St Patrick’s Primary School and later St Patrick’s Grammar School in Armagh. He completed his foundation course in art and design at Belfast Art College in 2000 before going on to study Fine Art at Bath school of Art & Design, and later completing the Post Graduate Diploma Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art, London in 2004.
Vallely then spent a year drawing and painting full time in Oxford as a member of the artist-run Magdalen Road Studios. He was a member of Belfast Print Workshop and spent a year working from his studio in The Hidden Lane in Glasgow before returning to Ireland where he currently resides.
Vallely has exhibited his work in London, Glasgow, Bath and Oxford, in Italy and throughout Ireland. His work has been shown in solo and group shows. Vallely has been artist in residence at a number of festivals including the Open House Festival in Belfast (2006, 2010), with Barry Kerr for Feile Oriel in Monaghan (2010) and the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Armagh (2010)
“For the past few years I’ve mainly been working in charcoal on canvas but also utilize oil, acrylic and print, often combining these media. I really like the hands-on approach to the medium of charcoal, the ability to build up layers of tone with real depth and find that working like this on canvas, as opposed to paper, leaves much more scope for this approach; it’s a much more resilient surface. This also allows for the addition of a splash of colour that can combine with the tonal charcoal with very effective results.”