Dublin Visual Artists
Painters, Sculptors in Ireland's Capital City.

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by Dublin artist Harry Clarke

Dublin Artists: Painters, Sculptors

Dublin has a long tradition of top-class Irish painting and Irish sculpture, and the city continues to provide inspiration to painters, sculptors and contemporary visual artists of every description, the majority of whom are represented in the permanent collections of the national or municipal galleries in the capital, or in private art galleries. (See also: Dublin Visual Arts.)

Here is a list of the most renowned Irish artists associated with Ireland's capital city. (For biography and examples of their art, click on links.)


For a personal view about the
top 10 or so painters in Ireland
see: Best Irish Artists.

For details of Irish abstract
painters and sculptors, see:
Abstract Artists Ireland.

Dublin Painters

George Barret Senior, (Landscape Paintings)
Brian Bourke, (Landscapes and Self-Portraits)
James Brenan, (Realistic Genre Paintings)
Samuel Frederick Brocas, (Cityscapes and Genre Canvases)
George Campbell (Landscape and Still Life)
Patrick Collins (Landscape Artist)
John Henry Campbell, (Landscapes)
James English (Still Life and Landscape art)
John Faulkner, (Atmospheric Watercolourist)
Stanhope Alexander Forbes, (Scenes of Rural Life)
Katarzyna Gajewska (Powerful Expressionist Portraits)
Martin Gale, (Landscapes and Townscapes)
Hugh Douglas Hamilton, (Portrait Artist)
Edwin Hayes, (Watercolours, Marine Artist)
Thomas Hickey (Portraiture)
Patrick Hickey, (Master Printmaker and Painter)
David Hone, (Noted for Landscapes)
Evie Hone, (Stained Glass Master Artist and Abstract Painter)
Horace Hone (Portraits, Miniatures)
Nathaniel Hone The Elder, (Portraiture and Miniatures)
Nathaniel Hone The Younger, (Landscape Painter)

For facts about top prices, see:
Most Expensive Irish Paintings.

Mainie Jellett, (Abstract Art)
Charles Jervas, [Jarvis] (Portraits)
Joseph Malachy Kavanagh (Landscapes, Seascapes, Genre works)
Paul Kelly (Plein-air Landscapes)
Harry Kernoff, (Noted for his pictures of Dublin scenes and people)
Richard Kingston, (Still-life, Flowers, Landscapes)
Graham Knuttel, (Figurative Painter and Sculptor)
Louis le Brocquy, (Semi-abstract Figure Painter)
William John Leech, (Plein Air Impressionist)
Patrick Leonard, (Realist Artist)
Maurice MacGonigal, (Landscapes and Portraits)
Anne Madden (Le Brocquy) (Abstract Painter)
James Malton (Architectural Draughtsman, Printmaker)
Edward McGuire, (Portraits, Still Lifes and Birds)
Sean McSweeney, (Landscape Artist)
Garret Morphy (Portraitist)
John Morris (Beachscapes, Landscapes)
Richard Thomas Moynan, (Genre Painter)
George Mullins (Classical Landscape Painter)
David Nolan (Portraiture)
James Arthur O'Connor, (Landscapes and Illustrations)
Aloysius O'Kelly, (Noted for his Orientalist painting and Breton figures.)


William Orpen, (Academic Portraitist and War Artist)
Walter Osborne, (Irish Impressionist)
Sean O'Sullivan, (Portraiture)
George Petrie (Draughtsman, Antiquarian Scholar)
Sarah Purser, (Portraitist and Stained Glass Artist)
George "AE" Russell, (Landscapes, Portraits, Murals)
William Sadler II, (Landscape Painter and Illustrator)
James Sinton Sleator, (Portraits, Still Life)
John Noel Smith, (Abstract Painter)
Mary Swanzy, (Portraiture, Abstract Figure Paintings)
Francis Tansey, (Contemporary Abstract Artist)
Norman Teeling, (Plein-air Painting, Interiors, 1916 Easter Rising)
Patrick Tuohy (Academic Portrait Painter)
Conor Walton (Portraits, still life, history painting)
Leo Whelan, (Portraitist and Genre Painter)
Anne Butler Yeats, (Theatre Designer and Painter)

In addition, the Hugh Lane Gallery honours two other Irish artists, connected with Dublin and visual arts in Ireland. In 2001, the gallery purchased and reconstructed the London Reece Mews studio of the Irish Expressionist artist Francis Bacon, while a special display room is dedicated to the Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully. For details of other art galleries, see Dublin Art Venues.

Dublin Sculptors

John Henry Foley (Noted exponent of Anglo-Irish Style)
Albert Power (Nationalist, Classical Realist sculptor)
Oisin Kelly (Foremost sculptor of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art era)
Alexandra Wejchert (Abstract, stainless steel sculpture)
Conor Fallon (Contemporary steel sculpture)
Rowan Gillespie (Outstanding contemporary figurative sculptor)

Contemporary Artists

Dublin is also home to a number of outstanding contemporary Irish artists.

Mark Baker (Ultra-realist portraits and figurative paintings)
Denise Cassidy (Vivid, colourist oil paintings)
Paul D'Arcy (Noted for his thoughtful symbolist painting)
Leo de Freyne (Landscapes, mountainscapes)
Caroline Levis (Impressionist landscapes, naturalist watercolours)
Pervaneh Matthews (Sepia watercolour portraiture, pet portraits)
Ellen McDermott (Figurative oils, modern classical style)
Barbara Monahan (Abstract landscapes, interior design art)
Patrick Naughton (Fine art photographer, B/W landscapes, cityscapes)
Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin (Expressionist Dublin cityscapes)
James Quinn (Technology painter, using acrylics, mixed-media (PCBs)

Visual Arts Education

One reason for the high number of talented artists in Dublin, is the presence in the Irish capital of several high quality arts schools and colleges, of which the foremost is the National College of Art and Design (NCAD). The history of Irish art shows that from NCAD's beginnings as a private drawing school in Dublin, by 1811 it had grown to include four schools (Figure Drawing, Landscape and Ornamental Drawing, Architectural Drawing and Modelling). Relaunched in 1877 as the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, it spawned a number of craft classes, (eg. in enamels, metalwork, stained glass) and a life class given initially by Sir William Orpen. Renamed again in 1936, the National College of Art continued to expand, and since its final metamorphosis into the National College of art and Design (1971) it encompasses 4 main faculties - Design, Education, Fine Art and Visual Culture, plus History of Art - covering traditional fine arts like painting, sculpture, ceramics, stained glass, plus state of the art printing, graphic design, digital arts and a range of commercial and industrial design facilities. With over over seven hundred and fifty full-time students plus eight hundred students studying evening classes, NCAD has become a major contributor to the health of Irish art. See also Dublin Fair.


• For more about scenic art, see: Irish landscape artists.
• For information about genre-painting, see Irish genre painters.
• For details of portraiture in Ireland, see Irish portrait artists.
• For facts about painters and sculptors in Leinster, see: Homepage.

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