Portraits of a Nation

oil painting by Eoin Mac Lochlainn
Graduate, 50 x 50cm, oil on canvas, 2011

I’m delighted to report that my painting “The Graduate” was selected for the exhibition: “Portraits of the Nation” which is now on at the Farmleigh Gallery until the 29th of May 2016. This exhibition includes 82 artworks from the State Art Collection, which is managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW).  It spans five centuries, from 1631 to 2016 representing 54 artists, with some very fine pieces on view including works by William Orpen, Seán O’Sullivan, Patrick Tuohy, Thomas Ryan, Louis le Brocquy, Mick O’Dea and James Hanley.

Sinéad Bean de Valera by Seán O'Sullivan (1906-1964) (detail)
Sinéad Bean de Valera by Seán O’Sullivan (1906-1964) (detail)

I think my favourite piece has to be the large oil painting of Sinéad Bean de Valera by Seán O’Sullivan (1906-1964), detail seen above.  My own piece “Graduate” was painted in 2011 for my solo exhibition “We are where we are” at The Paul Kane Gallery. At the time I was exploring the human dimension to the economic collapse, painting portraits of people who had been left behind by society at large… you can see more from that body of work at:


I am now represented by The Olivier Cornet Gallery in 3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, next door to Belvedere College. There is a special feature on this gallery in the Summer issue of the Irish Arts Review.










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