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End of the Line


I will have some mural work at an exhibition in Mabos on 8 Hanover Quay, Dublin this week.

Opening hours:
Weds – 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Thurs – 6.30pm – 10.30pm
Fri – 6.30pm – 10.30pm

Exhibitors include:

Mark Hearne
Darragh Cassidy
Eva Daly
Jef Jef & Sharon
Colm Olwill
Christian Reeves
Cian Lysaght
Ralph Croly
Tim Redfern
Paul O’Neill
Zhan Serge Devant
Mark Connaughton
Miranda Blennerhassett
Marta Nowakowska-Bartosik
Dee O’Shea
Ruan McGloughlin
James Kirwan
Lydia Smolin
Mabos Group Piece feat – Snowy, The Fant, Davey boy Leyden, The Huss, TS, Merryweather, The Bomber Buckley, Allo, Jor & Risto

New Street South – oil on canvas – 20x30cm


Proof it – Black Church Print Gallery


Proof it.
a Black Church Print Studio fundraiser

Thursday 5th December 2013

Preview: 5.30pm – 6.15pm | Purchase: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

All works €50 each – first come, first served – anonymous sale – no queue skippers!

Keeping you happy with festive jazz, craft beers, artisan whiskey tasters, raffled goods!

Featuring original one-off proofs* by artists, poets, musicians and cultural heroes, including David Beattie, Paul Bailey, Ella Bertilsson, Kate Betts, Helen Blair, Sahoko K. Blake, Clare-Louise Bligh, Veronica Bolay, Nick Boon, Elaine Byrne, Gerard Byrne, John Byrne, Rhona Byrne, Alan Butler, Comhghall Casey, Vaari Claffey, Aisling Conroy, Cian Corcoran & Ahmad Fakhry (Designgoat), Gary Coyle, Monika Crowley, Mark Cullen, Cora Cummins, Niall de Buitlear,Conor and David, Diarmuid Delargy, Lynda Devenney, Vanessa Donoso Lopez, Theo Dorgan, Grainne Dowling, Karina Drogowska, Gabhann Dunne, Killian Dunne, Paul Durcan, Aoife Dwyer, David Fagan, Eleanor Duffin, Brian Fay, Emma Finucane, Mary A. Fitzgerald, Damien Flood, Andrew Folan, Gerhardt Gallagher, Mark Garry, Tessa Giblin, Ann Gilleece, Sorcha Gorsuch, Paz Guadalix, Tracy Hanna, Sean Harahan, Cathy Henderson, Raymond Henshaw, John Hunter, Jesse Jones, Mark Joyce, Margaret Kallen, Allyson Keehan, Aidan Kelly, Robert Kelly, Sam Keogh, Claire Kerr, James Kirwan, Tomasz Knapik, Barbara Knezevic, Brian Lalor, Gillian Lawler, Elaine Leader, Mo Levy, Rachel Likely, Sofie Loscher & Niamh O’Doherty, David Lunney, Sean Lynch, Colm Mac Athlaoich, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Ferdia MagLochlainn, Anja Mahler, Colin Martin, Erin McClure, David McGinn, Patricia McKenna, Maria McKinney, Margaret McLoughlin, Muntsa Molina, Tom Moore, Aileen Murphy, Abigail O’Brien, Oisin O’Brien, Anna O’Byrne, Ruth O’Donnell, Damian O’Donohue, Shane O’Driscoll, Rachel O’Hara, Mairead O’hEocha, Fergal O’Mahony, Jane O’Malley, Niamh O’Malley, Geraldine O’Reilly, John O’Reilly, Kevin O’Shanahan & Marie Brett, Sean O’Sullivan, Louise Peat, Leila Pedersen, Sarah Pierce, Lucy Phelan, Alison Pilkington, Sheila Rennick, Jim Ricks, Gabriel Rosenstock, Piia Rossi, Nick Roth, Vincent Sheridan, Carole Shubotham, Dorothy Smith, Aaron Smyth, Kate Strain, Alex Synge, Nicole Tilley, Chris Timms, Paul Timoney, Gillian Turner, Linda Uhlemann, Yvan Vansevenant, Steve Wall, Lee Welch, Conor Wickham, Olesya Zdorovetska, amongst others.

In printmaking terms, the proof exists as evidence of a spark of thought that can carry forward monumental actions, or one that fades as other ideas are born and take root. We, the printmakers, use the proof as our guiding light, an element embedded in our practice, critical, urgent, essential, intrinsic. For us, without the proof, there can be nothing, no growth, no progress, no expansion.

In tandem with printmaking, notes, sketches, drafts, scribbles exist also as types of proofs. These modest materials are the landscape of signifiers, of thoughts, crystallising artworks, poems, songs, projects, buildings and compositions.

Such proofs might be said to hold an elusive charge cast against future realities. In themselves they represent that which motivates us, as artists, to dig deep and come up with the goods. In an age of the ephemeral, of movement and flux, the proof retraces a moment when time stilled to distil an idea.

A language manycoloured – 28th November – 19th December

I will have work showing at Gormleys Fine Art this November 28th.

Curated by Bernadette Madden, “A language manycoloured” also includes artists Veronica Bolay RHA, John Hearne, Bernadette Madden, Eoin Mac Lochlainn,  and John O`Connor. Colour is an important part of most artists` repertoire and all six artists featuring in the exhibition are noteworthy for their very individual and personal colour palettes . Though their painting styles and subject matter differ, these artists are connected by a rigorous use of colour and the exhibition explores how they each utilize colour in different ways.


25 South Frederick St
Dublin 2

Opening Hours:

Mon to Sat: 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday: Closed

Culture Night 2013

As part of Culture Night, Abigail Smith and I will present work arising from our year long residency in Dublin City Council’s Albert Cottages, Hampstead park in Glasnevin, Dublin. Works will include oil paintings of urban landscapes and large spray paint work based on scientific diagrams. Live music will be performed by Abigail Smith (voice and viola) and Lioba Petrie (cello). The music will include field recordings made by Abigail during the residency.

The Lab. Foley Street. Studio 1, 2nd Floor: Abigail Smith & John O’Reilly – Live Music & Paintings – Sights and Sounds from Albert Cottages

Times / Duration of Event: 7.00pm – 10.00pm



Kilkenny Arts Festival Exhibition 2013

I will have some work at the Kilkenny Arts Festival Exhibition, 9th-18th August 2013, with the Jonathan Swift Gallery.
Gallery Venue: Former National Irish Bank, The Parade, Kilkenny. (Opposite the Left Bank on Rose Inn Street)

Some of the other artists in the show include: Imogen Stuart, Myra Jago, Gwen Wilkinson, Ann Quinn, Clifford Collie, Irene Barry, Sean Molloy, Alison Kay, Bartosz Kolata, Gillian Lawler, Colin Martin, Anthony Scott, Nuala O’Donovan, Liam Flynn, Eilis O’Connell

RHA Annual Exhibition 2013

I am delighted to have a piece accepted for this years RHA annual exhibition. The show runs through to the 17 August.

Preview: Monday 27 May 6 – 8pm, All Welcome.
Location: 15 Ely Pace, Dublin 2.

This year the Annual will include work by, Donald Teskey RHA, Martin Gale RHA, Amelia Stein RHA, Una Sealy ARHA, Carey Clarke PPRHA, Mick O’Dea RHA, Michael Cullen RHA, Abigail O’Brien RHA, Kathy Prendergast, Alan Phelan, Janet Mullarney, Mary A Kelly and Alison Pilkington, among many others.