Biography

My current body of work is examining the notion of ‘Home’ and looking at Irish emigration and the Diaspora.  I am interested in exploring how art may produce a deeper and more enduring understanding of the contemporary experience than do media images.

 

Art Education

2000 – BA in Fine Art (Hons), National College of Art & Design, Dublin
1981 – Diploma in Art in Industry & Commerce, College of Commerce, Dublin

Awards & Residencies

Won the ESB Keating McLaughlin Medal and Award, 2010
Shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Award, 2010
Won the Golden Fleece Award, 2008
Shortlisted for Oireachtas Award for the Requiem/Aiséirí Catalogue, 2007

Ros Muc, Connemara, Co. Galway  2016
Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Co. Galway  2014
Úr Programme, Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Co. Donegal  2013
Samkura Project, Tbilisi, Georgia  2012
Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Co. Donegal  2012
Cill Rialaig, Kerry 2006, 2015
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin 2001

Artist-in-Prison Projects

2016 Cloverhill Prison
2013/ 2014 Arbour Hill Prison
2009 Port Laoise Prison

Collections

OPW (the collection of the Irish state), AXA Insurance, AIB, Bank of Ireland, Foras na Gaeilge, Gael Linn, The Boyle Civic Collection, Wesley College, University of Limerick, Donegal County Council, Imago Mundi (the Luciano Benetton Collection), Cló and The Living Archive.

Reviews/Bibliography

Brian McAvera, Irish Arts Review, Autumn’15
Aidan Kelly Murphy, Le Cool Dublin, Oct’15
Niall McMonagle, The Sunday Independent,  Feb’13
Cristín Leach, The Sunday Times,  April’12
Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times,  April’09
Oscar McLennan, Artinfo.com,  Feb’07
Anne Iremonger, Dubliner Magazine, Sept’05
Jackie Ryan, Irish Property Buyer Magazine, June’05
Marianne Hartigan, The Sunday Tribune, Feb’02
Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, Feb’02
Kate Robinson, The Sunday Independent, Feb’88

Publications:

“Aiséirí/Requiem”, 2006
(with essay by Dr. Brenda Moore-McCann)

“Bliainiris”, 2002
(with essay by Méabh Ní Chléirigh)

TV reviews:

Ardán, TG4 Jan’07,
The View, RTE1 May’05,
Imeall, TG4 2012, 2013, 2015

Exhibitions

2017

Concerning the Other, a group show (curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and myself) at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

Silent Stories, 2 person show with Miriam McConnon (curated by Olivier Cornet)
at the Belltable, Limerick

RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Facing West, Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon

Crazy Jane, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

2016

Tinteáin/Diaspora, solo show, The Hamilton Gallery, Co. Sligo

Tinteáin/Diaspora, solo show, An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal

Ar Theacht an tSamhraidh, Film Projection at Ros Muc, Co. Galway

Portraits of a Nation, Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and The Main Guard, Co. Tipperary
(exhibition of works from the State Art Collection, curated by Jacquie Moore)

Rising, Mount Argus Monastery, Dublin (group show curated by me)

Republic, The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin (co-curated by Olivier Cornet and I)

RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Elévation, Vue at the RHA, (with The Olivier Cornet Gallery), Dublin

2015

Diaspora, solo show, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

Tinteáin/Diaspora, solo show, Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands

Impressions and Portraits of W.B.Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.

Home, dlr Lexicon Gallery, Dún Laoghaire (curated by Mark St.John Ellis)

A Terrible Beauty, The Assembly Rooms, IGS, Dublin (curated by Olivier Cornet)

No.5 Cavendish Row,  The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
(curated by Arran Henderson and Olivier Cornet)

Hopscotch, Vue at the RHA, (with The Olivier Cornet Gallery), Dublin

2014

Dídean/ Home, solo show, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Port Laoise

Dídean/ Home, solo show, No.69 O’Connell Street, Limerick

Reflections, Winter group show at The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin

Beonasc: Thoir agus Thiar, group show at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast and
An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal (curated by Eimear Ní Mhathúna)

A Terrible Beauty, Vue at the RHA, (with The Olivier Cornet Gallery), Dublin

The Palimpsest/Rianú Project, An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal
(curated by myself and Claire Halpin)

The Palimpsest/Rianú Project, The Pearse Museum, Rathfarnham, Co.Dublin
(curated by myself and Claire Halpin)

2013

Dídean/ Home, solo show, Dánlann Dillon, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast

The Palimpsest/Rianú Project, Irish group show at Artisterium VI in Tbilisi, Georgia (curated by myself and Claire Halpin)

Shaping Identities Together/ Ag Cruthú le Chéile, group show in Leuven, Belgium
(with Hughie O’Donoghue, Colin Martin, Geraldine O’Reilly and Robert Russell)

20/20 Print Exchange, touring print exhibition, England and Scotland

Caochspota, Niland Gallery, Galway (curated by Nuala Ní Fhlathúin)

Northern Lights/ Na Saighneáin, Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Donegal

2012

Home, solo show, The Bourn Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick

Future Perfect, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin (curated by Jim Ricks)

Vue at the RHA, (with The Paul Kane Gallery), Dublin

Tondo @ the Lighthouse, Co. Wicklow

Same Time, Same Place,  Cló Gallery, Co. Donegal

Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia

Art Contemporain en Milieu Rural,  Larroque Arts Festival, France
(curated by Kenneth Hay)

6 x 6 x 2012, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, USA

2011

We are where we are, solo show, The Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin

RUA Annual Exhibition, The Ulster Museum, Belfast

Life Room, The Bourn Vincent Gallery, Limerick

Spectrum of Activity, The Black Mariah, Triskel, Cork (curated by Pádraic E. Moore)

New Living Art II, IMOCA, Dublin (curated by Kay Bear Koss)

Tondo in the Park, Dublin

Tondo in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy

2010

Davy Portrait Awards Exhibition in the Naughton Gallery at Queens, Belfast,
Also in the Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin and in Fota House, Cork

Boyle Arts Festival Exhibition, Co Roscommon

RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin

Tondo @ Pearse St Library, Dublin

Tondo @ Drogheda Train Station, Co Louth

Tondo @ Night, Dublin

Postcards to the G8, Ontario, Canada

2009

Caoineadh/Elegies, solo show in Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast, Co. Antrim,
in Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth
and in the Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Rua Red Summer Show, Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

Bloomsday, Copenhagen, Denmark

Drawing Éire Invited,  with 411 Gallery in Shanghai, China

2008

Dearcadh, solo show, The Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin

Caoineadh/Elegies, solo show in the Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
and in the South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

Confessions of a Tiger, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
(curated by Hugh McCarthy)

Is mise Ireland, (with 411 Gallery), China

Wish you were here: postcard from an unknown artist, Naughton Gallery, Belfast

The Hague Red Cross Summer Show, Netherlands

Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co.Roscommon

Éigse Carlow (curated by Rob Lowe)

2007

New, 3 person show, The Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin

Céad Invited, (with 411 Gallery), China

Heal 2007, The Naughton Gallery, Belfast

Dunamaise Art Centre, Port Laoise

2006

Master Class, Cill Rialaig Gallery, Co. Kerry

Hallward Gallery, Dublin – Summer & Winter shows

2005

Éagnairc/ Requiem, solo show, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Recent Works, solo show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin

A Moment in Time, Temple Bar Gallery

6×6 for Ireland, (with 411 Gallery), China

2004

Full Circle, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

8x8x8,  in Wicklow, Meath and Louth County Council Art Centres

6×6 for Ireland, (with 411 Gallery), China

Hallward Gallery, Dublin – Summer & Winter shows

2003

50/50, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Hallward Gallery, Dublin – Summer & Winter shows

An Grianán, Letterkenny

Oireachtas, Dún Laoghaire

6×6 for Ireland, (with 411 Gallery), China

atribute, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Laois

2002

Lorg, solo show, RHA Gallery, Dublin

Recent Acquisitions, Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin

20/20, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Éigse Arts Festival, Carlow

Installation in the atrium, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Hallward Gallery, Dublin –  Summer & Winter shows

Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin – Christmas show

2001

We’re not really here, Project Art Centre, Dublin

Cross Gallery, Dublin – 3 person show

Hallward Gallery, Dublin – Summer & Winter shows

Iontas, Sligo

Oireachtas, Dún Laoghaire

2000

NCAD Degree show, RHA, Dublin

Hallward Gallery, Dublin – Summer & Winter shows

1988 – 1999 

Peacock Theatre Gallery (1988), Malton Gallery (1991), Bricín Gallery (1993)

Open-Submission Shows: RHA (1988, 1989, 1992),

Monaghan (1993), Iontas (1994)

Art of the State – an OPW exhibition which travelled to various venues in Ireland and also to New York (1997)

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