About me

Eoin Mac Lochlainn artist

You can contact me at: eoinmaclochlainn@gmail.com

I’m a contemporary visual artist from Ireland.  I graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in the year 2000.  I’m primarily a painter (although I’ve done some sculpture and installations as well) and I write this weekly art blog.

My art is often a response to stories in the media;  I find myself being affected by a sense of frustration on the one hand and by fear and anxiety on the other, and these feelings have coloured my work over recent years.  I have made art about the Irish diaspora,  art about Homelessness, and more recently, art about Climate change.

I won the Golden Fleece Award for my painting in 2008.   In 2010, I was shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Award and I won the ESB Keating McLaughlin Medal at the Royal Hibernian Academy Exhibition that same year.

The painting above is a self-portrait but I don’t always look that worried)

My work is in the collections of: The OPW (the state art collection of Ireland),  AXA Insurance,  AIB Bank, Bank of Ireland, The University of Limerick, Wesley College, the Boyle Civic Collection, Donegal County Council and in many private collections in Ireland and abroad.

I am one of the founder members of the art group called Tondo.  We have had exhibitions in all sorts of strange places – in a railway station, a lighthouse, a public park, a crate – but we also had a show in The National Gallery of Ireland.

I am a member of the Visual Artists Ireland (VAI)

As you will see in my Biography, I have had several solo shows around Ireland,  and I have participated in various selected exhibitions ( RHA, Iontas, Éigse, Oireachtas ) and in other group shows in Ireland, England, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Georgia, China and the USA.

I am represented by the Olivier Cornet Gallery

Eoin Mac Lochlainn   – 07/ 12/ 2021



  1. I’m so pleased to have ‘met’ you through your guest post! I look forward to learning much more from you now, as I enjoy my wanderings through your blog. Gorgeous work, my friend.

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    • Hello Kathryn, well, same here 🙂 you have a really interesting and varied blog ( I don’t know how you manage to come up with something wonderful every day !! and poetry too! Thanks for your nice comment, bye for now, eoin


  2. Good to meet you, Eoin, and thanks for visiting my blog site. On a different note: we may have an ancestral connection. My mother’s ancestors (ancient royalty, it’s claimed) migrated from Ireland to the Scottish highlands long ago, becoming the MacLachlainn clan (a.k.a. MacLachlans); then centuries later, my direct ancestors settled back in Ireland, becoming McLaughlins, before emigrating to America in in 1700s. So who knows.

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    • Who knows indeed! Hi Mitch, thanks for your message. Mac Lochlainns, McLaughlins, McLoughlins, McGloughlins, MacLachlans, there’s a lot of different spellings nowadays for the same original clan name. Well, I’m no expert but we like to think that our ancestors originally came from Donegal and more precisely from the Grianán of Aileach So that might be where you came from too. 🙂 all the best for now, eoin

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      • I’d heard about the Donegal connection, but not specifically about the Grianán of Aileach. Delighted to have another bit of info! It’s said (I don’t know how well established this is) that they were descendants a former high king of Ireland.


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