Catriona O'Connor, Artist - Painter


“The connection between the body and the earth seems to speak out from these paintings. There is a cross current of stress, not in the negative sense of overwrought, but in the positive sense of a force through which transformation can occur. The kind of stress which holds you up and allows you to grow.”

Professor Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Director, Irish World Music Centre, and Chairman of Culture Ireland

“Catriona O'Connor's paintings enabled me to see stone, in landscape or as sculpture or monument, in an entirely new way. Her exploration of the colours and tones inherent in stone was a revelation to me, as I had thought of stone as basically monochrome. Catriona's paintings realise how stone is part of a whole landscape of vibrant colour. Its colour and form in her work are an echo of that landscape, and a celebration of its richness, that truly makes the stone sing.”

Paddy Bushe, poet

“Catriona O'Connor's paintings of the west coast of Ireland are cold to the bone and are correctly Atlantean in feeling. The greys, browns and blues of her watered-colours evoke an atmosphere only present in Ireland; the meeting of northern and southern worlds through the European Irish eye. This is the world of the primitive, of ancient conquest and discovery and of the true nature of the Irish who have been through history holistic, refusing to reduce experience into separate parts.”

Samuel Walsh, artist and art critic



  • Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland


  • The National College of Art, Dublin
  • The Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy
  • Istituto Statale D'Arte, Urbino, Italy

Selected Exhibitions

2013 : 50th Anniversary Member's Annual Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork. March 21 - April 6th.
2012 : KRF2: Artists Book Project, Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Kildare.
2012 : RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2.
2012 : New Artists, Greenlane Gallery, Dingle, Co. Kerry.
2011 : New paintings and drawings, Tipperary Institute in Thurles.
2010 : Paintings, Templemore Library, Co. Tipperary.
2010 : Something Eclectic, Tipperary Institute, Thurles campus.
2009 : Éigse Carlow Open Exhibition, June 2009. Curated by Marie Hanlon.
2008 : Styles, new work with Laura Vecchi, Catherine Corcoran and Cormac O'Neill, the Russell Gallery, New Quay, Burrin, Co. Clare
2007 : Presence, an exhibition of leading Irish Artists associated with Limerick,
Limerick City Gallery of Art
2007 : Solstice Arts, Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry. Curated by Helen Richmond.
2007 : Summer Exhibition, Ruby Lane Gallery, Limerick.
2006 : December Exhibition, Source Arts Centre, Thurles. Open submission
2006 : Group Show, Ruby lane Gallery, Limerick.
2006 : Inaugural Show, Source Arts Centre, Thurles. Curated by Ruairi O'Cuiv
2005 : Group show with Brenda Andrews and Maurice Quillinan at the Hunt Museum, Limerick. See press release.
2005 : Solo show, Kennedy Gallery, Dublin
2003 : Group show with Dietrich Blodau & Des MacMahon, Doswell Gallery, Limerick
2003 : Group show with Martin Finnin, Margaret Fitzgibbon, Bridget Flannery & Catherine Greene, The Lavit Gallery, Cork
2002 : Case Summer Exhibition, Lavit Gallery, Cork
2001 : Smaointe na Sceilge, Kerry Arts
2001 : Touching The Dark, Blennerville Arts
2000 : CASE 2000, Lavit Gallery, Cork
2000 : Profile 7, Siamsa Tire Art Centre, Tralee
1999 : Iontas, Sligo, Limerick, Belfast
1999 : Paintings from Cill Rialaig, National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin
1999 : Sceilg Michil Paintings, Cill Rialaig Gallery, Ballinskelligs
1998 : Irish Artists, Soar Gallery, London
1998 : Beara Arts Festival (invited artist)
1998 : RHA, Dublin
1997 : Catriona O'Connor at Bricin, Killarney. Paintings inspired by the archaeology of South West Kerry
1995 : To Make the Stone Sing. St. John's Art Centre, Listowel Writers' Week
1993 : Watercolour Society Permanent Collection, University of Limerick
1993 : Samhlaiocht Chiarrai, South West Artists, Siamsa Tire, Tralee
1991 : Logos '91, Mostra Internazionale' Arte Contemporanea, Padova, Italy
1991 : Tre Artisti Irlandesi, Circolo Culturale Bertolt Brect, Milan, Italy
1990 : Literary Portraits, Kenny Art Gallery, Galway
1989 : The Elements, De Valera Library, Ennis
1988 : EVA, Limerick, Adjudicators: Florent Bex, Director Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen & Alexander Rozhin, Moscow.
1988 : Armada Paintings, Ennis Arts Festival, Ennis
1988+ : National Self Portrait Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland; permanently on show at the Bourn Vincent Gallery, University of Limerick
1988 : Irish Artists, Tahlinn, Estonia. Exhibition organised by the Centre for International Co-operation, Shannon
1986 : Gallery at the Wells, Merriman Summer School, Lisdoonvarna. Exhibition presented by Ballycasey House Gallery, Shannon
1985 : Midsummer, Ballycasey House Gallery, Shannon
1984 - 2003 : Watercolour Society of Ireland, RHA Gallery, Dublin
1981, 1985 : Claremorris Open, Ireland
1981, 1982, 1988 :   Oireachtas, Dublin
1980 : EVA, Limerick, Adjudicator: Brian O'Doherty (USA)
1979 : Exhibition of Visual Art (EVA), Limerick. Adjudicator: Sandy Nairn, Assistant Keeper, Modern Collection, Tate Gallery London