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Seán McSweeney HRHA, Aosdána

Seán McSweeney HRHA, Aosdána

Seán McSweeney is one of Ireland's leading artists; his bog pools and Sligo landscapes are iconic in Irish painting. Vibrant primaries mingle with dense blacks to suggest an almost primal depth.

Seán McSweeney was born in Dublin in 1935. A painter who concentrated on the landscape, Sean lived in Wicklow for 17 years prior to moving to Sligo where he has lived since. He has been the recipient of many awards including The Oireachtas Award (1968), The George Campbell Travelling Award (1980), the Carroll Award, IELA (1987), winner of The Claremorris Open Exhibition (1987/1988) and in 1989 he was awarded Bonn An Oireachtas.

In addition to his many solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, Seán's work has been shown abroad in Scotland and Wales in 1971 in "The Celtic Triangle" and "The Delighted Eye Exhibition"; "A Sense of Ireland", London, 1980; Cagnes-sur-Mer, France in 1985; Beverly Hills, California in 1986 and at the Bicentennial Celebrations (Australia) in 1988. There was a Major Retrospective of his work at the Galway Arts Festival in 1990 and the RHA Gallery, Dublin.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2002Taylor Galleries, Dublin (also 2000,1998,1995,1994,1992,1991 1988,1986,1984,1982)
2001John Martin of London Gallery
Vangard Gallery, Cork (also 1998,1992)
2000Fenderesky Gallery, Beltast (also 1995)
1990Retrospective 1965-1990, Galway Arts Festival & RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
1977Dawson Gallery, Dublin (also 1975,1973,1969,1967,1965)
1975The Kenny Gallery, Galway (also 1992, 1987, 1985, 1976)

Selected Two-Person Exhibitions

2004The Kenny Gallery Galway with Diarmuid Delargy
1998Romanischen Kellers, Salzburg with Charles Tyrrell
1996RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin & Model Arts Centre, Sligo with Conor Fallon
1992Taylor Galleries, Dublin with Charles Brady

Selected Group Exhibitions

2002Living Landscape: European Topographies, West Cork Arts Centre: An Tuireann Arts Centre, Isle of Skye & Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow
2001Painting Landscape, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
2001Boyle Arts Festival Exhibition selected by Seán McSweeney
19998 Painters from Ireland, John Martin of London Gallery
1995Poetic Land-Political Territory, NCCA, Sunderland toured England, Scotland & Wales
1995'An Dámhlann, A Kenny Gallery
1990Contemporary Artists from Ireland, Austin Desmond Fine Art Gallery, London
1985Fourteenth Festival of Painting, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France
1980The Delighted Eye, Irish Painting and Sculpture ot the 7092s, Earlham Street Gallery, London
1970Landscape Then and Now, Arts Council touring exhibition
1969Irish Exhibition ot Living Art (also 1967,1966,1963,1962)