Orla EganOrla Egan was born in Dublin and now lives in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. She spent most of her childhood in the West of Ireland.
Orla is a figurative painter and works in the primitive tradition. Her childhood spent in the west of Ireland has a strong influence on her pictures depicting fishermen, markets, the circus and going to the carnival. Her interest in the social history of Ireland in the 1900s is shown in many of her pictures. In her paintings, she attempts to capture on board the daily life of people, some of whom are immortalized by J.M. Synge in "Riders To The Sea" and who lived in Ireland between 1880 and the early part of the 20th century.
Orla was a member of a group of artists who attended weekly sessions at The Glebe Gallery under tutors Chris Wilson and Willaim Gallagher between 1986 - 2000. She also attended a weekend course in 1995 with Melita De Naro, and Nigel Massey, graduates of The Royal Academy London.
Orla has had nine pictures selected for the Royal Hibernian Academy shows, one of which - The Circus Comes to Town - was illustrated in the 2002 catalogue. She has also had work selected for The Royal Ulster Academy and Iontas shows. Her picture 'Kilronán Aran' was featured on The Kenny Live Show in conjunction with The Art for Omagh Auction.
Exhibitions include group shows in Thompson's Gallery, London; the auction for the Children's Hospital Belfast, organised by the joint North/South Secretariat in Armagh; the auction for the Children's Hospital in Pakistan organised by the cricketer Imam Khan; the Special Olympics and the Dublin Education Together Schools.
- The Glebe Gallery Prize in 1996, 2000, 2003 and 2005
- 1st Prize in the Donegal Arts Festival competition in 1995
- Her work 'The Fishmarket' was featured in the Galway Hospice Christmas Cards
- Duchas, Glebe Gallery Collection
- The Great Blasket Centre, Kerry
- Guardian P.M.P.A. Insurance Co.
- Suzanne MacDougald (The Solomon Gallery)
- Mrs. Jean Kennedy Smith
- Martin Mooney
- Melita De Naro
- Brian Fallon
- Bernadette Madden
- John De Vere White & Fergus Ahern
- Michael D. Higgins T.D.
- Martin Ferguson
|2002||Annual Exhibition, RHA.|
|The Nicholas Gallery, Belfast.|
|Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London.|
|2001 - 2002||The Ferguson Gallery, Ramelton.|
|Exhibition of Irish Art, Wren Gallery, Oxfordshire.|
|Galway Arts Festival.|
|2001||Iontas Small Works Exhibition.|
|2000 - 2002||The Leinster Gallery, Dublin.|
|2000 - 2001||Wexford Opera Festival.|
|1999 - 2002||Group Exhibition, Thompsons Gallery, London.|
|The Sandford Gallery, Dublin.|
|Group Exhibition, The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy.|
|1999||De Veres Art Auctions|
|1998 - 2001||Group Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery.|
|1998 - 2000||Group Exhibitions, Lambay House Gallery.|
|1998 - 1999||Annual Exhibition, R.H.A.|
|Boyle Arts Festival.|
|1998||Joint Exhibition, The Workhouse, Dunfanaghy.|
|'Art For Omagh Exhibition', R.H.A.|
|1997||Iontas Small Works Exhibition.|
|The Great Blasket Centre, Kerry.|
|1996 - 2002||The Kenny Gallery, Galway.|
|Group Exhibitions, The Solomon Gallery, Dublin.|
|1995 - 1998||Group Exhibitions, The Gordon Galleries, Derry.|
|1994 - 2002||The Glebe Gallery.|
|1993||The American Embassy McGee College, Derry.|
|1990 - 1944||All local exhibitions.|
|1995||1st Prize, Donegal Arts Festival Art Competition|
|1996||The Glebe Gallery Open Arts Prize|
|1997||Favourable Reviewed by Iontas Selector|
|1997||Artist Shelagh Hourihane|
|1998||Picture "Kilronán Aran" featured on Kenny Live in connection with the "Art for Omagh Exhibition"|
|2000||The Glebe Gallery Open Art Prize|
|2002 - 2001||Mention: "Buyers Guide to Irish Art" and "The Irish Arts Review Book 1999"|
|2002||Picture "The Fish Market" on Galway Hospice Christmas Cards|
|2002||Picture "The Circus Comes To Town" illustrated on the R.H.A. Catalogue|