'Charleville Mall Flats' selected for 2023 RHA Annual Exhibition

Fifth colour finished drying on the rack at The Graphic Studio Dublin 

A big thank you to Siobhan Hyde at the Graphic Studio Dublin for a fine job mentoring me in screen printing. It was well worth the effort as 'Charleville Mall Flats', a five colour screen print,  has been selected for this year's RHA Annual Summer Exhibition. I am planning to do a series of screenprints based on building and street patterns in the North Inner City where I live.         

Happy Christmas 2022

Second Saturday on The Royal Canal,  pencil, oil pastel and digital media, 2022

For this year's card I am saluting the Royal Canal Clean-up Group who meet on the second Saturday of every month and collect as much rubbish as they can over a 3 hour period. Newcomers are always welcome! Wishing everyone a very Happy Christmas.

Mish.Mash Exhibition


Mish.Mash cafe with its low lighting and stylish georgian interior is a perfect place to show my luna paintings. They were inspired by the screen grab on my computer and were experiments with ground pastel pigment and wax on paper. You can see them at www.conorgallagher.com/lunaslist.html    

Doorway Gallery Christmas Show, 2022 

Coast Marks 7, oil on photo paper, 15cm x 10cm, 2022

More shorelines and incoming tides painted on postcards this time inspired by the Sligo coastline. You can see the Doorway Gallery Christmas Show paintings at https://www.thedoorwaygallery.com

Visit Adare Commission at last


Finally got to see 'Adare 1', a commission for the newly refurbished Adare Manor.     

'Shore' Exhibition Invitation


Cover of invitation being sent out for 'Shore' Exhibition in The Chocolate Factory from April 7-30, 2022. 
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Happy Christmas 2021

Winter shoreline, oil on board, 25cm x 20cm, 2021

Recent paintings have had pinky blue skies so it is apt that this year's christmas card continues with that theme. Hope you have a very happy christmas.

Hamilton Gallery Christmas Show 2021 

Garavogue Nostalgia, ink on acetate, 30cm x 21cm, 2018

Paintings I have made with Sligo themes are being exhibited in this year's Christmas Exhibition in The Hamilton Gallery in Sligo.

Doorway Gallery Christmas Show, 2021 

Pinky blue sky 3, oil on canvas, 25cm x 20cm, 2021

This year's paintings are studies of shorelines and incoming tides with pinky blue skies inspired by the Sligo coastline. You can see the Doorway Gallery Christmas Show paintings at https://www.thedoorwaygallery.com

191st RHA Exhibition, RHA Gallery, Dublin

At the entrance to the main gallery on Varnishing Day

The Graphic Studio Zoom Talk, charcoal on japanese rice paper, 221cm x 11cm, 2021.

These charcoal drawings were made very quickly by scrolling down the audience window at one of the many Zoom Artists' Talks hosted by the Graphic Studio, Dublin.  You can check out these fascinating artists' talks at  https://graphicstudiodublin.com/studios/artists-beyond-the-studio/

Meditations in Time of Civil War, Yeat's Poem Exhibition 2021, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

These stones remain their monument and mine , acrylic and pastel on canvas, 30cm x 30cm, 2021

Many acts of the civil war were carried out in forgotten place only witnessed and illuminated by the forces of nature.

Happy Christmas 2020

This year's card is a memory from the first lockdown, sitting on our front steps and looking out at the world slowly going by.

Doorway Gallery Christmas Exhibition, 2020

Yellow Lake, oil on canvas, 25cm x 20cm, 2020

'Yellow Lake', part of a series of yellow themed paintings are part of this year's Doorway Gallery Group Winter Show. Work can be seen at www.doorwaygallery.com

Happy Christmas 2019

This year's card is inspired by the Lagan Currachs from Belfast dressed as santas on the River Liffey as part of the Maritime Festival on the Liffey in November of this year. Initial black and white illustration coloured in the computer.

Doorway Gallery Christmas Exhibition, 2019

Nore Riverbank 8, oil and pigment on canvas, 25cm x 20cm, 2019

Nore Riverbank 8, a river study made using a brayer (roller) will be part of The Doorway Gallery Christmas Show, 24 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. Opening today at 2pm. All welcome!

'New Cityscrape 10', Cairde Festival, The Model, Sligo

Pictured at the opening of the Cairde Exhibition with one of my 'Cityscrapes'. These 'Cityscrapes' are painted over photos of old artworks and the frame is made by Jon Jackson at Wimbledon Art Frames. The exhibition continues until 18th August, 2019.

Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen, Yeat's Poem Exhibition 2019, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Is there any comfort to be found?, collage & acrylic paint on canvas, 30cm x 30cm, 2019 (Private Collection)

Collage and acrylic for this year's Yeats exhibition for the poem Nineteen nineteen. Inspired by old encyclopaedia illustrations, the idea is a vulture waits for the 'spoils' after mankind inevitably has to fight their differences.

Happy Christmas 2018

Hardly able to draw this after breaking six ribs after a fall in November but managed it on the computer. Hope you have a Happy Christmas!

'Benbulben Nostalgia' at 'Gathering', Boyle Arts Festival

Benbulben Nostalgia with frame, ink on acetate, 30cm x 21cm, 2017

'One of my 'Sligo Nostalgia' series ink drawings has been chosen for this year's Boyle Festival. I was really pleased with the reaction of the ink to the acetate.

'Burn I-IV' at Cairde Visual

Burn I-IV (An Irish Airman forsees his Death), spray paint on burnt canvas, 80cm x 20cm, polytych, 2018

'Burn I-IV' are four studies for the Irish Airman forsees his Death Exhibition at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. They were made by spraying paint on to a small model airplane of a first world war jet. To finish the pieces I used a flame gun to make the smoke.

188th RHA Exhibition Opening

Pictured beside my painting on Varnishing Day at the RHA. The 188th Exhibition continues until 11th August, 2018.

'New Cityscrape Vi' selected for 188th RHA Exhibition in Dublin

New Cityscrape IV scraped acrylic and wax on photo, 188mm x 92mm, 2017

'New Cityscrape IV', one of the second series of Cityscrapes I made last year, has been selected for this year's RHA Exhibition.

'Falling Sky' selected for Paris Embassy

Falling Sky, oil on canvas, 80cm x 80cm, 2013

'Falling Sky' is one of nine paintings selected by the Irish Embassy in Paris from the NUIG Permanent Collection as part of a 2 year loan agreement. It was purchased in 2013 when my 'Channels' exhibition was held at the University. It will be on display in the embassy in Paris for the next two years.

Happy Christmas 2017

Swans-a-swimming, acrylic on paper, 15 x 15 cm

Memories from the Royal Canal this year. A pair of swans that often swam by our house first thing in the morning and tents for the homeless.
'Landscrapes' at Christmas Miscellany 2017

Landscrape 53, plaster and acrylic on photo print, 15 x 10 cm, 2017

Six of my 'Landscrapes' are being shown at the Hamilton Gallery Christmas Show. One of them 'Landscrape 36' was sold at the opening.
Framed Prints Available @ €20

Framed prints of my sketches available in ranelagh pop up shop (ranelagh arts centre) and chocolate factory. €20 each or 3 for €50. see https://conorgallagher.smugmug.com/Postcardssketches
Crazy Jane Opening, 13th June, 2017

Crazy Jane at the Lake, oil on board, 200mm x 200mm, 2017

I will be exhibiting with 91 other artists at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. This year's small works theme is the Crazy Jane series of poems written by W.B. Yeats.
Conor Gallagher i Læsø, Luddes Hus, Byrum, 2017
Pictured after the opening of my show at Luddes Hus, Byrum on the island of Læsø. The work was made from April 22nd to May 21st during a month's residency on the island. You can see the work here.
'Cityscrape I' chosen for RA Summer Exhibition, 2017

Cityscrape I, scraped wax on photo paper, 190mm x 91mm, 2016

One of my cityscrape experiments using wax and scratching into photo paper has been accepted for this year's RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London from 13 June - 21 August 2017.
Happy Christmas 2016

Inner City Lights, oil on gesso panel brought in to photoshop, 20 x 30 cm

This painting started out as something completely different and was saved when turned in to a dublin street scene. A bit of photoshopping with stars turned it in to a christmas image.
Catherine Hammond Group Christmas Show

Dublin, October Early Morning, acrylic on gesso panel, 30 x 40 cm

Have five pieces in the Catherine Hammond end of year Christmas Show, including this recent piece, Dublin, October Early Morning, where I have been layering the paint surface with watered down acrylic. To see the complete group show click here.
RTE 1 Arena Show / Top Pick Cultural Gift 2016

Got a lovely mention on RTE Radio 1 Arena this evening, Sorcha Kenny and Abie Philbin Bowman were asked for their Top Pick Inspiration Cultural Gift Idea for 2016. Abie Philbin Bowman “For the first time this year, I bought a piece of original art, something i thought I would never do. Local artist, a guy called Conor Gallagher (based in a cafe (The Chocolate Factory) near where I live in the upper floors, and he does lovely seascapes and landscapes. If it is a local artist you want to support or work that speaks to you in that way, it is a lovely thing to do. "
I will have work in the Catherine Hammond Gallery Christmas Show in Skibereen and if you want to see what I am doing these days, call in to the Chocolate Factory on Kings Inn’s Street. Blas is a great cafe on the ground floor.

Listen to the show here (around 10.18 in to the show)

20th National Open Art Exhibition 2016 Irish Regional Winner
The two Irish Regional Winners at tonight's 20th National Open Art Exhibition Awards in Mercer's Hall, London, myself and Cara Gordon from Belfast. A big thank you to Jon Jackson who did a fantastic job framing my painting in the background "An Gabhlán Thoir II". Exhibition continues until November 4th.
RUA Opening, Oct 13, 2016
Nice surprise at the Royal Ulster Academy Opening when I spotted my painting and found Jenny putting a sticker beside my painting 'Graphite Study II'. I think she thought I wanted to buy it and was too late. It was very nice to talk to her about the process (applying graphite powder on to photo paper add adding turps) and the inspiration (Sligo bay).
Culture Night at the Chocolate Factory
If you are around the Chocolate Factory tonight, there is an exhibition by three artists who work on the second floor; Laura Butler, Paula Erraught and myself. Exhibition continues until the 24th September. Lots more going on for Culture Night in the building as well.
20th National Open Art Exhibition

An Gabhlán Thoir II, acrylic on fabriano paper, 100cm x 70cm

Very happy to have had one of my Connemara paintings chosen for the 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers' Hall, London in late October. Will be great to meet up with some of the artists from Wimbledon Art Studios.
RUA 135th Annual Exhibition

Graphite Study IV, graphite on photo paper, 15cm x 10cm, 2015

Got the good news today that Graphite Study II has been accepted for this year's Royal Ulster Academy show. Was thinking of the mountains in Sligo when making it but there may be a touch of a Rio mountain hovering amongst them.
North by Northwest Visual Arts Exhbition
Boyle Arts Festival


An Gabhlán Thoir I, acrylic on fabriano paper, 100cm x 70cm, 2016.

Delighted to be asked to take part in this year's Boyle Arts Festival. Chosen was An Gabhlán Thoir I, one of my Connemara series of paintings. The process involved a lot of scrubbing back and I was impressed with how tough the fabriano paper is.
A Terrible Beauty is Born

Retribution, acrylic on canvas, 20cm x 20cm, 2016.

The Hamilton Gallery invited Ireland’s leading contemporary artists to create an image 20cm x 20cm inspired by W. B. Yeats’s poem Easter, 1916. Here is my painting, 'Retribution'. I wanted the painting to look like something found in the aftermath of the burning of the GPO. Paint was burned off and scraped away to give the effect I wanted. The show runs from 2nd June - 27th August.
RHA 186th Annual Exhibition

North Inner City Rooftops, Oil on gesso board, 18cm x 14cm, 2015

Graphite Study IV, Graphite on photo paper, 15cm x 10cm, 2015

Very pleased to have had two pieces selected for this year's RHA Exhibition.
“New Art @ RSM”
Have five paintings on display at the exhibition New Art@ RSM, One London Square Guildford, Surrey including this painting 'Nore Study', Acrylic on gesso board, 40cm x 30cm.
“After the Santa Run, Clapham Common”
Happy Christmas to everyone and thanks for your support in 2015.
Irish Landscapes, London Irish Centre, Camden, December 12th 2015 - January 30th 2016
Work hanging in the lobby of the London Irish Centre, there are 30 pieces in total.
Open Studios Art Fair, Wimbledon Art Studios, Nov 12-15, 2015
Very good response to my work being shown at this exhbition. Was doing my bit for Irish tourism explaining to people the delights of the Sligo, Kilkenny and Dublin landscapes.
VUE National Contemporary Art Fair RHA Gallery, Dublin

Barrow II, Acrylic on Aluminium, 50cm x 40cm, 2015

Barrow III, Acrylic on Aluminium, 50cm x 40cm, 2015

Delighted to be part of the Catherine Hammond Stand at the VUE Contemporary. By all accounts, it was the best one yet and there was a lot of good feedback to the work.
Culture Night at the Chocolate Factory

Found wood on board 90cm x 43cm

As part of Culture Night at the Chocolate Factory, I exhibited this cityscape based on wood found on the roofttop and re-assembled.
Cairde Visual

The Garavogue, oil and wax on board, 29.8cm x 39.5cm

Cairde Visual is on at the Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo, from Tuesday 7th July to Saturday 19th July. I have one piece on show.
Impressions and Portraits of W.B. Yeats

20:20, photocopy and acetone on canvas 20 x 20cm

You are cordially invited to attend the opening of "Impressions and Portraits of W.B. Yeats" an exhibition of paintings by Invited Artists, at the Hamilton Gallery on Saturday June 13th at 1.00 pm. Yeats had very poor eyesight in one eye and I wondered what he might see if he were to look in the mirror. The strong graphic of one strong eyepiece appealed to me.
Of this Place
Taking part in two shows in June and July with seven other local artists celebrating Yeats 150th Birthday. Off to El Ateneo in Madrid for the opening on the 11th June and hope to be in Sligo on July 2nd.
Open Studios Art Fair, Wimbledon Art Studios, Nov 12-15, 2015
Interior of my studio for the May Wimbledon Art Show. Look forward to seeing you there.
WB Yeats' Landscape Exhibition Book
A Limited Edition book about the Yeats' Landscapes Exhibtion is available at the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, priced at only €4.