As part of a series of work focusing on performance, art and culture from the local area, Vallely recently travelled to London to meet and photograph Armagh-born actor Colin Morgan backstage at the National Theatre.

With work on the portrait underway, Morgan dropped into Vallely’s studio on a recent trip home to see how the portrait was coming along.

Ten years on from Vallely’s first solo exhibition in Gormleys Gallery in Belfast, his new collection of work displays how his practice has developed in the intervening period.

He has focused on developing his unique method of applying charcoal and oil on canvas into a style that is instantly recognisable  – figurative drawing with tonal depth and bursts of colour in oils being his signature approach.

The themes on display here focus around everyday life and in particular imagery of childhood, which reference a past from a vanishing world, but also appear timeless and not bogged down by nostalgia.

A vivid, unsentimental portrayal of an urban childhood, capturing real character in the intense direct gazes that stare back at us like a long forgotten memory.

The exhibition opened on 29th September and is available to view in Gormleys Belfast gallery and online until 18th October 2018.

A commissioned painting of the famous racehorse Arkle with its trainer Tom Dreaper, charcoal and oil on canvas, 16″ x 16″.

Two prints that were specially commissioned by the National Union of Journalists as gifts for two of its members. The titles of the prints are ‘Seeger’s machine’ and ‘Sacco & Vanzetti’.


A recent commissioned portrait, charcoal and oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″

Commissioned painting of Rás na hÉireann Cross Country race

Vallely’s recent exhibition in the Market Place Theatre was featured in Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council’s promotional video of arts and culture in the Armagh Area this Autumn / Winter.

Watch the video by clicking this link