About Niall

Welcome to my website ...

I hope you enjoy the mix of images and updates on my recent and current work here on the site. Please keep in touch as I try to have regular, fresh & interesting updates on what I'm doing, my latest pieces and other exciting developments in my 'art life'. I'm driven by positivity so you can be pretty much guaranteed that the updates, events and latest paintings you see here will be 'uplifting' ..!! 

     

If you would like a copy of my newsletter or complimentary tickets to art events I am exhibiting at, please send me your email address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

My Approach ...

I draw my energy and positivity from everything around me, people, the Meath landscape, the striking seascape from Gormanston to Drogheda with the stunning backdrop of the Cooley and Mourne Mountains to the north, and the big skies in peaceful places such as Tara & Bective.

I believe my paintings are quite distinctive and totally unique in terms of how they are composed and created. Using watercolour and gold leaf on paper, my work is fresh and vibrant and presented in a modern, contemporary manner. My art is instantly recognisable not only because of the vibrancy of the colours I use but also because of the small squares I use to present much of my work. I use colour, forms, energy, movement, contrasts of fuzziness and sharpness, depth, emerging light and space as a visual exploration and vibrant expression of a spectrum of positive emotions, feelings and states of mind.  

Each individual piece is the result of a process of developing multiple layers, with elements of each layer protected and other elements washed, rubbed or scratched away, but all building a 'history', reflected in the 'moment', the 'positive moment',  captured by each piece. The vibrancy and depth of each piece provides the viewer with the opportunity to create their own narrative or narratives as they may respond differently at different times.  

Each small square can be described as a miniature painting in itself and each representing a 'moment', a 'positive moment'. The collective, whether it be a 9-piece, a 50-piece or his largest to date, a 361-piece creation, represents an uplifting aspect on the spectrum of positivity.

Please take a few minutes to look at and absorb these pieces at the Gallery section or on the Webstore here on the site, and create your own narratives. Let your mind take you on a journey and tap into, or recharge, your own reserves of positivity ...!!

 

Exhibitions ... past, current and upcoming.

 

 

2017         09 - 12 March: AAF London (Battersea)

                29 Mar - 2 Apr: AAF New York  

                April: #INCOGNITO at the Solomon Gallery, for the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, Dublin

                11 - 14 May: AAF London (Hampstead)

                20 Oct: Niall's 3rd Solo Show opens in the Sol Gallery, Dawson St., Dublin

 

2016        17 - 20th Nov: Edinburgh Art Fair, with the Chimera Gallery

               10 - 13th Nov: Art Source 2015, RDS, Dublin, with the Sol Gallery

               26 Sept - 2 Oct: AAF New York 

                9 - 11 Sept: AAF Bristol 

               16 - 19 June: AAF London (Hampstead)

               21 - 24 April: AAF Singapore

               12 - 14 March: AAF London (Battersea)

               Jan - March: #HaresOntheMarch, for the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, Dublin

     

2015        2 - 18 Dec: Mason Hayes Curran Contemporary Irish Art, Dublin

              13 - 15th Nov: Art Source 2015, RDS, Dublin, with the Sol Gallery

              13 - 15th Nov: Edinburgh Art Fair, with the Chimera Gallery

                1 - 4th Oct: AAF Stockholm

              11 - 14th Sept: AAF Seoul

              22 - 24 May: AAF Hong Kong

              11 - 14 June: AAF London (Hampstead)

              17 - 19th Apr: AAF Singapore 

              14 - 17th Jan: London Irish Art 2015, Central Hall, Westminster, London  

              Jan - March: #PigsOnParade, for the Jack & Jill Children's Foundation, Dublin. 

 

2014        3 - 18 Dec: Mason Hayes Curran Contemporary Irish Art, Dublin

               13 - 16 Nov: Art Source 2014, RDS, Dublin

7 Oct –  3 Nov: ‘Luminous’, Solo Exhibition, Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne

26 Jun - 14 Jul: ‘New Heights’ Summer Show, Sol Gallery, Dublin

Chimera Gallery, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

23 - 25 May: AAF, F1 Pit Building, Singapore

6 – 9 Mar: AAF, Superstudio Più, Milan, Italy

 

2013         Sol Gallery, Dawson St. Dublin

Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland

Art Source 2013, RDS, Dublin

Bracken Art Inaugural Exhibition, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

SURVEYOR Contemporary Art Exhibition, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

Kenny’s Art Gallery, Galway

The Wineport Lodge, Glasson, Co. Westmeath

An Clachan Gallery, Co. Donegal

 

2012         Ardmore Gallery, Ardmore, Co Waterford

Art Source 2012, RDS, Dublin

‘New Horizon’, Solo Exhibition, Sol Gallery, Dawson St. Dublin

 

2009         ‘Inner Light’, Two Person Show, Market Gallery, Mullingar

2005         ‘Body & Soul’ exhibition, Brendan Kennelly Summer Festival

2002         RDS Art Fair, Dublin

2000         ‘Building Bridges’, Two Person Show, Mullingar Arts Centre

1996         ‘Emotional Colour’, Two Person Show, An Dámhlann Gallery, Spiddal

1995          Oireachtas, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin (Installation & mixed media)

1995          London Art Fair, Islington, London

 

Public Collections  

Office of Public Works, Ireland

Meath County Council

Bursaries & Awards

2013 Professional Artists Development Bursary, Meath County Council

2014 Solo Exhibition, Meath County Council

2015 Artists Residency in Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan (April 2016) 

 

and finally ...

I was born in Dumfries, Scotland in 1965 but grew up in Mullingar. Life has taken me to fascinating parts of the world and I'm now living in the village of Stamullen, Co. Meath, with Cécile, Antoine, Clodagh and Tristan.

You will see from my LinkedIn profile that I have built, and continue to build on, over 20 years of occupational psychology and public service HR experience in Ireland and the UK. Over the last number of years executive coaching has captured my passion and energy and I get huge satisfaction from working closely with managers and executives to help them reach their potential and move towards achieving real personal fulfilment.

If you would like to commission a piece of artwork or you have a general query, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me on +353 87 251 2571.

Many thanks & enjoy your visit ... !! :-)

Final Note: I would like to thank Ciaran De Buitlear of IT Pragmatix for his valuable advice, guidance and expertise on the design of my site. 

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