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Vicki Crowley

Vicki Crowley

Vicki Crowley was born in Malta and was educated there and in England.

She trained in architectural drawing following which she travelled extensively in Europe and Africa where she lived and worked.

Having spent part of her early childhood in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Benghazi in Libya where her family had established businesses, she was already familiar with the continent of Africa where she eventually went to reside and work in Sierra Leone and Cameroon, West Africa with her Irish husband.

She returned with her family to Ireland in 1970 and she established a studio in Barna from where she works.

In the 25 years since she held her first exhibition in this gallery, Vicki Crowley's work has gone through many changes. She has worked on a variety of themes and locations and experimented with different media.

For many years now Vicki has been going on treks in different parts of the world to raise funds for the National Council for the blind. She owes so much to her eyesight in her work, she wishes to return something to the unsighted. She values the time she has spent guiding the blind on these treks, and explaining what lay before them. In this way the essence of the image is firmly embedded in her mind, before emerging on canvas. She always keeps a journal on her travels, and makes sketches, but her final works are drawn from memories and impressions of the various locations. Her keen observation, her study of local customs and her mingling with the indigenous peoples has given her a depth of vision of her subjects.

This exhibition has been entitled 'Synchrony' because of the underlying rhythm of the dance series, and because people all over the world are essentially doing the same things simultaneously in the business of living. This collection illustrates the fact that all peoples love life, music, dancing and colour.

There are three series' of paintings included - Tango from Argentina, Southern Pacific Dancers, and the debating monks of Tibet, whose age old gestures are dance-like.

Solo Exhibitions:

2004"Woodlands" - The Kenny Gallery
"Portraits of the Ireland Rugby Squad" - Hunt Museum, Limerick
"Portraits of the Ireland Rugby Squad" - Berkeley Court Hotel, Lansdowne Road, Dublin.
"Woodlands of Killarney" - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney, Co. Kerry
2002"From Near & Far" - The Kenny Gallery
2000"Earth Walk" - Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Forster Place, Dublin.
"Eden" - Dolan Moore Gallery, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
1999"Gardens of the South West" - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
1998"Lorna's Garden" - The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1997"Voyage of St. Brendan" - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
1996"Falcons and Frankincense" - Abu Qais Gallery, Muscat, Oman.
"Myths and Memories" - The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1995"A Legendary Land" - The Irish Club of Belgium, Brussels.
"Legends of Killarney" - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Kilcock Gallery, Co. Kildare.
1994"Dream Flight" - Sligo Arts Centre, Sligo.
1993"Reverie" - Dream Sequence on Silk, The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
Renvyle House Hotel, Co. Galway.
1992"Proud and Upright Men" - Portraits, Tuam County Gallery, Co. Galway.
1991Kilcock Gallery, Co. Kildare.
1990The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1987European Parliament, Strasbourg.
The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1986Renvyle House Hotel, Co. Galway.
1984The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1982The Kenny Gallery, Galway.

Selected Group Shows:

2005"Galway: A Portrait" - The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
2000National Museum of Art, Malta, Millennium Exhibition by Invited Artists.
1999"Women Artists" - National University of Ireland, Galway.
1997"Artist on CD Exhibition" - Touring Show from Tipperary to Slovenia.
1996/7/8"Famine" - 150 Commemoration show touring all major cities of Ireland and USA.
1996Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1995/6/7/8An Damhlann, Spiddal, Co. Galway.
1995/6The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1995"Islands" - Touring Show.
1993"Stone" - Spiddal Art Gallery, Co. Galway.
"Dodici" - Italian Paintings, Dublin Castle, Dublin.
1992Municipal Gallery, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
"Personal Choice" - Galway Arts Centre, Galway.
Shannon Airport.
1991/2/3/4The Kenny Gallery, Galway.
1991Trieste Collective.
"Island Connection" - Touring Show.
1990/1Western Artists, Galway.
1990Stone Art Gallery, Spiddal, Co. Galway
1989/90/91Clifden Arts Festival, Co. Galway.
1989Bridge Mills Gallery, Galway and Dublin City Centre - Touring Show.
Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.
1988National Museum, Valletta, Malta.
1986/7/9Western Artists, Galway.
1986Irish Wallhangings, Texas, USA.
1984/5/7"Clay and Silk" - Two-person Show - Arus Failte, Galway and Druid Theatre, Galway.
1985Irish Wallhangings, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
1984"Women In Action" - Galway Arts Centre, Galway.
1981/3/4/5/8Stone Art Gallery, Spiddal, Co. Galway.
1980/1/2/3Galway Arts Festival, Galway.
1974Arts Council Touring Graphics Exhibition.
1972Graphics Exhibition - University College, Galway.


  • The George Moore Famine Permanent Collection.
  • National Museum of Fine Arts, Valletta, Malta.
  • Municipal Cabildo, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
  • United Nations Plaza, New York, USA.
  • Galway City Hall, Galway.
  • Galway Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Galway.
  • Galway Municipal Collection.
  • Galway County Council, Galway.
  • Regional Technical College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.
  • Regional Technical College, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
  • Allied Irish Bank.
  • Bank of Ireland.
  • Ulster Bank.
  • Thermo King.
  • Udaras na Gaeltachta.
  • Great Southern Hotels.
  • Glenlo Abbey, Galway.
  • Ardilaun House Hotel, Galway.
  • Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry.
  • Renvyle House Hotel, Galway.