Cormac O'Leary, Artist

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C O R M A C   O ' L E A R Y  

Born in Cork City, Ireland, 1969.

Currently living in County Leitrim, Ireland



 E D U C A T I O N

National Diploma in Fine Art, 1987 - 1991,

Sligo Institute of Technology.



S E L E C T E D    S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S  


2020                                    The Doorway Gallery, Dublin  

2018                                    The Chimera Gallery, Mullingar 

2017                                    The Doorway Gallery, Dublin

2015 / 16                             The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London     

2014                                    The Chimera Gallery, Mullingar

                                            Art @ House Restaurant, Howth, Dublin

2013                                    The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo 

2012                                    Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo 

2011                                    Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry

2010                                    The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

2007 / 09                             The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London  

2005                                    The Cat & Moon Gallery, Sligo

2004 / 06 / 08                      Vangard Gallery, Cork                        

2004                                    Invited Artist, Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival 

2003                                    Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

2002                                     Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

                                             Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick

2000 / 05                             Clotworthy Arts Centre, Co. Antrim

2001                                    Gallery One, Kilkenny

1999 / 01 / 03 / 05/ 08         Hallward Gallery, Dublin              

1999 / 01 / 03                      Sligo Art Gallery



 2 / 3   P E R S O N   E X H I B I  T I O N S   


Outside In; with Caitriona O'Leary

Hamilton Gallery, Sligo   


Storm Thrown,  with Medbh Gillard              

Inishbofin Arts Festival, Co. Galway


From Sea to Sky, with Fiona Power

Aisling Gallery,  Ballydehob, West Cork

Between Sky & Stone, with Caitriona O'Leary

Russell Gallery, Co Clare


Arc of visibility,  with Sara Foust   

The Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare 


Remembering Light & Stone,  with Caitriona O'Leary, 

Doorway Gallery, Dublin

2005 / 06 / 07 / 08 / 09 

with Caitriona O'Leary, Cat & Moon Gallery, Sligo


With Philip Lindey & Caitriona O'Leary , The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London UK


With Philip Lindey & Brian Smyth, The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London UK


with Caitriona O'Leary, Lavit Gallery, Cork


 O'Leary Family With Caitriona O'Leary & John O'Leary, Lavit Gallery, Cork


2 Man Show with Michael McSwiney, The Hawkswell  Theatre, Sligo


1, 2, 3 O'Leary  with Caitriona O'Leary & John O'Leary, Carroll Art Gallery, Longford    

S E L E C T E  D   G R O U P  E X H I B I T I O N S                                  


Winter Gathering, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo 

Cairde,  Hamilton Gallery, Sligo    

192nd Annual Exhibition,  Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin 


Artsource, RDS, Dublin 

140th Royal Ulster Academy exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast  

Meditations in time of Civil War,  Hamilton Gallery, Sligo 


20/ 20 Vision, Hamilton gallery, Sligo 


RUN, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

Fresh Art Fair, Ascot, UK 

Life in Still Life, North / South Cultural Project, Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre, Co.Tyrone

Hollywood, Co. Down, Phoenix Park Visitors Centre, Dublin, Portumna Castle, Co. Galway.

Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen; Artists respond to WB Yeats poem 1919, 

Hamilton Gallery, Hyde Bridge Gallery Sligo, Irish Consulate, New York, USA 

Legacy, 30th Anniversary, Boyle Arts Festival, King's House, Roscommon

Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo 

Summer Show, The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London 

Summer Show, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London 

A Question  of Love, Blackbird Gallery, Kilkenny 


Edinburgh Art Fair, Scotland 

137th Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum Belfast 

The Gathering, King's House, Boyle Arts Festival

Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo

An Irish Airman foresees his death, 1918 - 2018 

Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Fresh; Contemporary Art Fair, Cheltenham, UK

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London UK


'Facing West', Boyle Arts Festival, Kings House, Roscommom

Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo

Crazy Jane, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

187th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Summer Exhibition, Irish Cultural Centre, London

House Event, RDS, Dublin

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London

Affordable  Art Fair, Battersea, London


Royal Ulster Academy 135th Exhibition , Ulster Museum, Belfast

North by Northwest, Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon

Art el Forn, La Floresta,  Barcelona, Spain

Cairde Visual, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo 

Cambridge Art Fair, UK (with Doorway Gallery)

Bristol Art Fair, UK (with Doorway Gallery)

 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London (with Doorway Gallery)

'A terrible beauty is born....' Easter 1916, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

186th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin  


Christmas Show, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Christmas Show, Doorway Gallery, Dublin

Edinburgh Art Fair,  Edinburgh, Scotland

Still-life Group Show, Barbara Stanley Gallery, London

CASe,  Lavit Gallery, Cork

Of this place, El Ateneo, Sala Prado, Madrid, Spain 

& Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Impressions of WB Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Cairde Visual, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

Afordable Art Fair, Battersea, London UK

Landscape@ House gallery,  Howth, Dublin

21/20 Artfair, London

Spring Exhibition, The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London


Christmas Show, The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, UK

Christmas Crackers, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin

Group Show, The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Winter Show, 'Calling up the Vangard ',  Triskel at Christchurch, Cork

Art El Forn,  Forn Les Escales, La Floresta, Barcelona, Spain

Artists for Gaza, 126 Artists Run Gallery, Galway

Source - Art Fair, RDS Dublin

Summer Show, The Barbara Stanley gallery, London UK

Summer Selection, Doorway Gallery, Dublin

Cairde Visual, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London, UK

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, UK


Hunter's Moon festival,  The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Small Talk, Westport Arts Festival, Co. Mayo

'An issue worth mentioning' Cairde Arts Festival, Yeats Building, Sligo

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London UK

The Wool Campaign, Somerset House, London, UK


Source Art Fair, RDS, Dublin 

CASe, Lavit Gallery, Cork

Summer Show; The Doorway Gallery, Dublin


Invited Artists; Christmas Show, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Things that matter, Westport Arts Festival, Mayo

Lavit Gallery at Boole Library, University College, Cork


Reinspired - an artistic navigation of the Erie Canal,

Rochester, NY; Folsom Library, Troy, NY; The Italian Cultural Institute, New York City                                                                  

Art for Haiti, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton


Irish Landscape, Redrag Gallery, UK  

Summer Show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin  

Inaugural Opening Show, McKenna Gallery, Omagh                                          


Christmas Show, Vangaurd Gallery, Cork 

Christmas Show, McKenna Gallery, Omagh 

Tripod; A slice of Art, Fairgreen House, Galway

2FT Square, Lavit Gallery, Cork 

Summer Show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin 

Group Show, Barbara Stanley Gallery, London


Journeys; Castletown House, Co. Kildare

(Toured to Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven, Belgium; University of Ulster, Belfast;

Coast Gaurd Station Arts Centre, Waterford; The Mellennium Forum, Derry.)  

Art Fair,  Royal College of Art, London 

CASe, Lavit Gallery, Cork

Wexford Arts Festival 


Tribute to Beckett, Vangaurd Gallery, Cork

Summer Show, Hallward Gallery, Dublin

Cill Rialaig - Sligo, Sligo Art Gallery


'1 in 4' Art Auction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

'Tsunami Art Auction'; Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin 

At Home, The Lavit Gallery Cork 

Starlight, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

4 Artists from Cork, OSB Gallery, Wicklow

Moderns, The Eakin Gallery, Belfast

Outside In, The Lavit Gallery, Cork


C2; Contemporary Art from Cork, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival (Invited Artist)

The Stolen Child, Waterfront Gallery, Sligo

Birds, Sligo Art Gallery

CASe, Lavit Gallery, Cork

Wexford Arts Festival

2003 - 09                      

Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2003 - 10                       

Wexford Arts Festival                                                                


Dreams, Sligo Art Gallery

13th Christmas Show, Vanguard Gallery, Cork

Drawings, Sligo Park Hotel 

Boyle Arts Festival, Kings House, Co Roscommon

Blink - 5 years; Linenhall Arts Centre, Ballina Co. Mayo

63 - 03, Celebrating 40 years, Lavit Gallery, Cork


Wexford Arts Festival

Art Auction, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork 

Group Show, The Barbara Stanley Gallery , London


Music, Sligo Art Gallery                           

Inside Cork, Lavit Gallery, Cork

Sligo Arts in Context, Airfield House, Dublin

The Art of Hurling, Kenny Gallery, Galway


Emerging Art II, Kilkenny Castle 

(Toured to Burnavon Arts Centre, Tyrone, Newry Arts Centre, Co. Down, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co Kerry

Works on Paper, LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Postcard Art, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Cork

Aer Rianta - Gateway to Art, Dublin Airport


Coast to coast, Lavit Gallery, Cork


On Board, Sligo Art Gallery

A Platter of Art, Lavit Gallery, Cork


Outlines, The Market House, Monaghan                   

Masks at the Hawkswell, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh


Drawings, Sligo Art Gallery

Dermot Healy's Writing, The Blue Raincoat Theatre, Sligo


Strands, Monaghan County Museum & Art Gallery

Generation, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin


Monaghan Open Exhibition


3 of a Kind, McCanny Building, Sligo

Amalgam, Ballymote Heritage Week, Sligo


Beginnings, Sligo Park Hotel

Christmas Show, Model Arts Centre, Sligo

1990 / 91 / 94 / 95 / 99 / 01  

Iontas, National Small Works Open Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery (Toured)

1990 / 91 / 94         

Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo


Impressions, Galway Arts Centre

International Mini-print Show, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin


 A W A R D S  /  R E S I D E N C I E S


Auribeau Residency, France                                                2016 

Leitrim  County Council Artist's Bursary                            2006 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 

Studio Residency, Cill Rialaig Artist's Retreat, Co. Kerry  1999 / 01 / 04 / 13 / 16 / 19                  

Artist's Residency - Vermont, USA                                     2010                                                                      

Iontas Painting Award                                                         2001

Milliken Bros. Art Materials Award                                    2000 

Studio Residency, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork                      1999

Irish Arts Council / An Chomarile Ealiaonn Grants            1993 / 94

D. O'Sullivan Graphics Ltd., Best Student Award               1991




P U B L I C   C O L L E C T  I  O N S


Leitrim County Council  

Sligo Park Hotel, 

Nazareth House, Sligo

Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo

IIB Bank, Ireland

Cork County Library Collection

Sligo County Library Collection

Crawford Municipal Art Collection, Cork

Allied Irish Banks

Office of Public Works

Northern Ireland Civil Service Art Collection

Dept. of Enterprise, Trade & Employment

Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, Dublin

Wellwoman Centre, Dublin

Shay Cleary Architects, Dublin

Iona Technology, Dublin 

UniCredito Italiano, Irish Financial Services Centre, Dublin


Represented in private collections in Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, 

Belgium, Germany, Russia, USA, Canada, Australia and Japan.




S E L E C T E D   B I B L I O G R A P H Y


'What Lies Beneath', Niall McMonagle

Living Magazine, The Sunday Independent

September 1st, 2019 

'Irish role in Erie canal's construction to be honored'

by Peter McDermott

Irish Echo, USA

24th June 2010


'Irish Artist sets up in local police station',

By John Flowers,

Addison Independant, Vermont, USA,

June 24th 2010 


'Imagining the early days of the Erie Canal'

Boston Irish Reporter, USA

September, 2010


The City Series;

Essay by Mark Ewart,

Vangard Gallery Catalogue,

November 2006


Aidan Dunne

Exhibition review;

The Irish Times,

Wednesday, March 9th, 2005


'Artists to look out for';

A Buyers Guide to Irish Art;

Ashville Media Group,

December 2001


Guest Artist,

'Awash with colour',

BBC 2 Television,

September 10th, 2001


'Rattle Bag'

RTE Radio 1 Arts Show,

Art review by John Hunt,

May 2001


'Rising Star'

Interview by Sian O'Gorman

Magpie Magazine,

January, 2001


'Paint in the blood',

Interview by Joanne Hayden

Meltdown Magazine

Sunday Business Post,

December, 1999


'Lorca's World'

Review by Ciara Ferguson

The Sunday Independant

Sunday, April 11th, 1999


'Sketches of Spain',

Interview by Ian Wieczorek,

Arts West Magazine,

Edition 58,

May 1999

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