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Martin Gale

Artist profile

1949  Born in Worcester, England.

1959-1965  Educated in Newbridge College, Co. Kildare

1965-1966  Blackrock Academy, Lr. Mount St. (Willie Martin’s).

1968-1973  National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

1982  Elected member of Aosdana.

1996  Elected full member of Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA).

2013  Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art, NUI Maynooth.

Lives and works in Co. Kildare.


Solo Exhibitions

2014  ‘Territory’, Taylor Galleries, Kildare St. Dublin.

2010  ‘Martin Gale’, Mullan Gallery, Belfast.

2008  ‘MartinGale’, Fenton Gallery, Cork.

2006  Recent Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin

2004-2005  Nissan Art Project, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin and
Ulster Museum, Belfast.

2002  Lost Fields, Fenton Gallery, Cork.

2001  Hardlands, Taylor Galleries, Dublin

1996  Two Places, Taylor Galleries, Dublin

1992  Still Life Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin

1989  New Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin

1988  Drawings, Galway Arts Centre, Nun’s Island, Galway

1987  Beyond the Garden Wall, Taylor Galleries, Dublin

1981-1982  Artists Response, Arts Council/ An Chonhairle Ealaion, touring
exhibition, 10 venues throughout Ireland

1981  Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin

1974  Neptune Gallery, Dublin


Selected Group Exhibitions

RHA Annual Exhibition yearly since 1996, award winner 2014.

2015  The Language of Dreams - Dreams and the Unconscious in 20th century Irish Art. Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

2015  The Art of a Nation - Irish Works from The Allied Irish Banks and Crawford Art Gallery Collections. Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1

2009  Storylines, John Martin Gallery, London

2008  Artists’ Choice, John Martin Gallery, London

2007  Martin Gale Selects, Fenton Gallery, Cork

2006-2007  Irish Art of the Seventies- Modernist Irish Art 1960-1990. IMMA and The Crawford Art Gallery, Dublin and Cork.

2006  Reflections, An Exhibition of Contemprary Art Works from The Department of Finance & Personnel and Office of Public Works, touring exhibition.

2005-2006  The West as Metaphor, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

2005-2006  Siar 50, Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin

2005-2006  From Landscape, Mermaid Arts Centre and touring Irish venues

2005-2006  On Reflection, Modern Irish Art 1960s-1990s, a selection from the Bank of Ireland Art collection, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.

2005  Across Boundaries, Department of Finance & Personnel, touring

2005  Four Now, A joint exhibition of The Arts Council/ An Chomhairle Ealaion and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC,Cork.

2004  In the Time of Shaking, Irish Artists for Amnesty International, IMMA

2003  Some Recent Irish Painting, Messum’s Fine Art, London

2002  Recent Irish Art from the A.I.B Group Collection, Ulster Museum. Belfast.

2002  Bank of Ireland Recent Acquisitions, B.O.I Arts Centre, Dublin.

2001  Friends of Sean McSweeney, Boyle Arts Festival, Roscommon.

2000  Ireland Today, Messum’s Fine Art, London.

2000  Four Artists, Vanguard Gallery, Co. Cork

2000  An Artists Century, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin And Ormeau Baths, Belfast.

1999  John Shinnors Selection, Lavitt Gallery, Cork

1998  Visions of Israel, Dublin Castle, Dublin Davis Gallery, Dublin

1998  Fair to Mizen, two-person exhibition(with Dermot Seymour), Boathouse Gallery, Co.Cork

1997-2000  Gatewayt to Art, Aer Rianta, Dublin

1997  The Irish Eye, Morgan Allen Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

1998  Art Inc. Guinness Hop Store, Dublin

1996  Living Landscapes, 1987-1996

1996  NCAD, 250 Drawings, 1746-1996

1990  National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, Touring Exhibition

1990-2009  RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

1989  Images from Ireland, Brussels, Belgium

1988  Selector Living Landscape, West Cork Art Centre, Skibbereen Co. Cork

1987-1989  Living Landscape, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co. Cork

1987  Heroes, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion, touring exhibition

1987  Disposition, Brussels, Belgium

1986  AIB Collection, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin

1981-1983  Participated in Action pour Les Arts Plastiques en Milieu Rural Les Bovins Exhibition, touring various French venues.

1980.1980  Represented Ireland in X1 Biennale de Paris. Selected work touring to Nice, Lisbon and Finland

1980  International Connection, Sense of Ireland Festival, London

1977-1978  Realism Now, Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion, touring Exhibition.

1973  Represented Ireland in Young Artists ’73, Union Carbide Building,New York

1972  Two-Person exhibition (with John Devlin), Davis Gallery, Dublin

1971-1981  Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin.

1971- 1980  Oireachtas Exhibition (Award Winner 1973), Dublin.


Public Collections

NUI Maynooth.

National Gallery of Ireland (print collection).

ESB commission 10 works celebrating 40th anniversary of inauguration of Turlough Hill power generating station.

The Arts Council/AnChomhairle Ealaion

Bank of Ireland, Dublin

Investment Bank of Ireland, Dublin

Dublin City Gallery, Hugh lane

AIB Group

Office of Public Works, Dublin

PJ. Carroll &Co. Ltd. Dundalk

ESB Moneypoint, Co.Clare

European Investment Bank, Luxembourg

National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick

Municipal Gallery, Waterford

Waterford Institute of Technology

Athlone Institute of Technology

Bord na Mona

First National Building Society

Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork

European Parliament, Strasbourg

Wesley College, Dublin

Irish Farm Centre

Kildare Co. Council


Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Ulster Bank

Permanent TSB

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Department of Finance & Personnel, Belfast

University College Cork

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