Ger Sweeney CV  2021

1959    Born Co. Mayo, Ireland
1982    Diploma in Painting and Print, Galway RTC (GMIT)
1983.   BA Honours Degree, NCAD Dublin
1983 - 1985 Lecturer in Fine Arts, Painting and Print, GMIT Galway 1989 - 1996 Artist and Director, Artspace Studios, Galway
1997 – 2021 Full-time Professional Artist
Currently Living and working in Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2018 Still Point          Green Fuse Gallery, Mayo 

2015 Inscapes            Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

2013 Excavations      Norman Villa Gallery, Galway

          Synthesis           Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo

                                      Clifden Arts Festival, Galway

2012 New Works       Waterfront Gallery, Westport, Mayo

2011  Elements           Clifden Arts Festival, County Galway

2010 Frieze                Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford

                                      Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co Mayo

2009 Notes from a silence        Galway Arts Festival, Galway
                                                         Hillsboro Fine Arts, Dublin
2008/9 Notes from a silence   Lapuan Taidemuseo, Finland

2006 Terrain             Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
                                     Northcote Gallery, Kings Rd, Chelsea London

2006 Coast               Mardeplata & Buenos Aires, Argentina
                                      Montevideo, Uruguay, Rio de Janeiro & Fortalessa,

                                      Brazil - in association with L.E. Eithne & the Irish Navy

2005 Terrain             Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
2004 Soluna             Westport Arts Festival, Mayo

Paintings ’04             Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow

Meridian                     Hallward Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin

2003 Cyphers          Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

                                     Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon

Paintings ’03             Milcove Gallery, Co.Cork

Selected Works         University Hospital, Galway
2002 Cusp               Galway Arts Centre, Galway

2000 Icons               Town Hall Gallery, Galway

1995 Suibhne Geilt   Artaud Gallery, Theatre Artuad, San Francisco, USA

1994 Ger Sweeney.  European Parliament Buildings, Brussels, Belgium

Ger Sweeney             Jean Rigaux Arts Centre, Brussels, Belgium

1993 Ger Sweeney   Guinness Hop Store, Dublin
                                     Foyle Arts Centre, Derry
                                     Irish Arts Club, Eaton Square, London

                                     Linenhall Arts Centre, Co. Mayo

1992 Blue                   Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow

                                     Riverrun Gallery, Galway

1991 Journey              Geoghegan Gallery, Galway

1990 New Paintings Clifden Arts Festival, Co. Galway

1989 Muse                 Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford Galway Arts Centre, Galway

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Westport Arts Festival, Mayo
2017 R.H.A. Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2017/ 16 Hermoine Annual Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin.
2016 Hamilton Gallery - Tribute to W.B. Yeats
2015 Tromso University, Norway. Open Ground - Clifden Arts Festival, Galway
2010 Eigse – RETROSPECTIVE, Carlow

2009 Northern Light Western Light, Gallery Dix, Helsinki, Finland
Irish Art, Irish Arts Club, London (ref: Barbara Stanley, London)
2008 Selected Group Show, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin. Gallery Artists, Northcote Gallery, London
2007 Spring Show, Northcote Gallery, Kings Road, London. Artspace 21
Galway Arts Festival - GTI Galway. Irish Art Waterford Arts Festival - Garter Lane Arts Centre. Mayo County Council Art Collection, Belmullet Arts Center, Co. Mayo
2006 New Acquisitions, Waterford City Council Municipal Collection, Greyfriars, Waterford. Contemporary Irish Art, Heritage Park Gallery, Coatbridge, Glasgow, Scotland. Small Works, Roscommon. Summer Show, Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford ‘Project 06’ Kenny’s Gallery, Galway
2003 Six Irish Painters at Kilkenny Arts Festival, Wexford Opera Festival. Contemporary Irish Art, Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London. Summer Show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin. Three Years at The Linenhall, Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar, Co.Mayo. Group Show, Ballyreddin Studios, Bennetsbridge, Co. Kilkenny
2002 Abstract, Collyer-Bristow Gallery, London. The Stanley Gallery, London. Artwork, C.Duell Gallery, Boston, USA. Compulsion, Collectors Exhibition, Galway Arts Centre, Galway. Chimaera, Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar. Summer Show, Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford. Spectrum, The Granary Gallery, Waterford. Dyehouse Artists at Wexford Opera House
2001 Chimaera, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
1995 Imaginaire Irlandais, Lyon, France ‘Famine’ Claremorris, Co. Mayo
1994 Blue, Mayo Artists Linenhall Arts Centre, Co.Mayo. Eigse Festival, Carlow Galway Printmakers UCG Gallery & Geoghegan Gallery
Dolan Moore Galllery, Athlone. Irish Club, Chelsea, London. Island Connection Exhibition Arts Club, Dublin. Inishbofin, Co. Galway. Clare Island, Co.Mayo. Canary Islands
Fools Gold, Winnower Gallery, Galway. City Arts Centre, Dublin
1987 Ten,  Ashwagh Hall, East Hampton, Long Island, N.Y USA

1983 G.P.A. Awards Exhibition, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin Graduate Group Show Soloman Gallery, Dublin & NCAD Mansion House, Dublin. Claremorris Open Exhibition Claremorris, Co. Mayo

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2015  Mark Ewart Irish Arts Review, Ger Sweeney Icons and Inscapes Vol 32 No.3

2008 Catherine Marshall Essay, Notes From A Silence Catalogue, Lapuan Taidemuseo, Finland
2005  Alanna Hopkin Catalogue Essay, Terrain, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

2004  Paddy McGovern Catalogue Essay, Eigse4 Carlow Arts Festival
2004  Marianne Hartigan Sunday Tribune Review, Meridian, Hallward Gallery, Dublin

2003  Ian Wieczorek Catalogue Essay, Cyphers, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
2003  Mark Ewart Irish Times Review, Cyphers, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
2002  Ian Kilroy Irish Times Review, A Return to Absorbed Abstraction, Ger Sweeney Galway Arts Centre
1993   Colin Darke, CIRCA Review, Ger Sweeney Foyle Arts Centre, Derry
1993   Martin Doyle The Irish Post Review, Out of the West, Ger Sweeney Irish Arts Club London and

Brent Irish Cultural Centre, Aras nGael, London

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

G.P.A. Award - Painting
U.N.E.S.C.O Award - Visual Art & Theatre

C.O.E. Award - Painting

Kilkenny Arts Award - Visual Art
Claremorris Open Award - Painting

COLLECTIONS

European Parliament Collection, Belgium
Áras an Uachtaráin
O.P.W. Collection, Dublin, Cork, Mayo, Donegal & Sligo
Guinness Group
Dept. of The Taoiseach
Mayo Co. Council
Bausch & Lombe
First Active Bank, Dublin S.I.A.C. Dublin
Waterford City Council
Carlow Co. Council
Collection of U.S. Ambassador, Contemporary Irish Arts Society, Lapuan Taidemuseo, Finland
Private & Corporate Collections, Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Brazil, Argentina

 

COMMISSIONS 

Office of Public Works OPW Commissions for Ballina and Scull West Cork

2016 – 2018 Knock Basilica, Knock, Co. Mayo. Stations of The Cross X 14 (2.5 meters sq. each)
Multiple large scale theatrical commissions for Galway International Arts festival, Gaiety Theatre Dublin, Lyric Belfast, Cork Opera House, Decadent Theatre Galway, Aarhus City of Culture,

Lantern Theatre Company Liverpool, amongst others 

 

 

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