John Kirwan

He was born in Dublin in 1956. He graduated from Dun Laoghaire School of Art in 1978 and has exhibited extensively all over Ireland. In 2011 and 2014  he had one man shows in the  Leinster Gallery, Dublin.

His technique could be described as self-effacing in the sense that it is always subordinate to the image. The naturalism of his method extends to his palette, which is generally accurate and subdued. There is certainly colour in his work but, as with real life, his pictures are predominantly tonal. He sets out to capture faithfully the watery grey light characteristic of Ireland and almost everything happens in the play of tones. He feels less of a need to incorporate anecdotal details, and is, as he puts it, freer to get into just the thing itself the dynamics of the landscape. Something that he does extremely well.

Aidan Dunne 2002


1982 Oisin Art Gallery
1986 Lincoln Gallery
1990 George Gallery
1997 Howth Harbour Gallery
2000 Origin Gallery
2002 The Molesworth Gallery
2003 The Molesworth Gallery
2004 Linenhall Gallery, Mayo
2005 The Molesworth Gallery
2007 The Molesworth Gallery
2008 Arts Club of Washington DC, USA
2011  Leinster Gallery                                                                                                                       2015 Leinster Gallery

Dept. of the Environment
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Flaherty Holdings
Moya Doherty & John McColgan

Fingal County Council

Tyrone Productions


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Boats, Dublin Bay

Oil on canvas 39x47ins


10 x 11 in.

Rainbow Over Dublin Bay

39.5 x 59 in.

Dooagh Achill Island

Oil on canvas 24x24ins


Oil on canvas 46x50ins

Sunset Howth

oil on canvas 6x10ins

Seascape 111

OIl on canvas 39x59ins