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Our Popular Irish Artists

We offer artwork from a variety of local artists to suit many tastes and pockets.
Here is a selection of portfolios from some of the artists whose works we have had the pleasure in selling.
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Con Campbell

Con Campbell was born in 1946 in Gortin Bush, County Tyrone. During his childhood he and his family moved to Belfast.
This time spent living in Belfast heavily influenced his early work depicting illustrations of the conflict from a child’s perspective. Con subsequently went on to display his first piece of work in 1972.

Con’s choice of subject matter was to later revert back to his love of animals, with a particular interest in horses. This is an interest which was highly influenced by his family.

As a life long artist Con has built up a wealth of experience and knowledge. His talents are evident not only in where he places his brush strokes, but also (and perhaps even more so) in where he chooses not too.
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J.P. Rooney

J. P. Rooney burst onto the scene with a sell out solo exhibition in 1997.
Since then he has replicated this feat on multiple occasions and his work is highly sought after throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and further afield.

Rooney’s work, while encompassing multiple themes across multiple media, continues to hold true to his love of the sea, countryside and times gone by.
His aim is to convey the struggles of everyday life through his paintings with his choice of palette reflecting the mood of the time.

Rooney displays a particular interest in conveying human relationships within his work. This encourages greater interaction with each painting, leaving the viewer to decipher those relationships displayed.

J. P. Rooney has long been one of the U.K.’s best selling artists and his appeal continues to hold strong today.
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Michelle Carlin

Michelle Carlin was born in Ballymoney, County Antrim in 1957. She travelled widely for many years and spent time living and working in the Middle East.
She has now returned to her home in Ireland and is happiest when in her studio.

Michelle is a largely self taught artist whose work has gained admirers far and wide.
Her preferred subject matter has a common coastal theme. Whether it be of children on a beach, or yachts out at sea, Michelle never fails to impress with her confident yet precise use of paint adding a 3-dimensional aspect to her work.

Michelle is the recipient of many awards, locally and internationally, and is an elected member of the Ulster Society of Women Artists (UWA) and the Ulster Watercolour Society (UWS).
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Terrance Crosby

Terrance Crosby is a self taught artist living and working in Northern Ireland.
His work is varied in subject matter; ranging from landscapes and seascapes to still-life and portraits. Terrance’s talents are evident in all of his work. He displays an enviable ability to create detailed paintings using simple techniques and brushstrokes.
His work is in constant demand and is now held in collections across the U.K.
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William Cunningham

William Cunningham was born in 1946. He grew up in Co.Down and went to University at Queen’s, York and London. He lectured for several years until 1978 at which point he had his first exhibition at the Cromie Gallery and later decided to go professional.

William is largely self-taught having painted from a very early age. He has been influenced throughout his career by painters such as McKelvey, Craig and Carr.

William is always striving to achieve better, whether it’s through his emotive use of colour, his confident yet precise brush strokes, or even his choice of composition.

Over the past twenty years, William has had many exhibitions. He has exhibited in the Tom Cromie Gallery, The Oriel (Dublin), Combridges (Dublin), The Eakin Gallery and many others. In 1996 Felix Rosenstiel’s, one of the world’s leading art publishers, released four of William’s paintings in print form.
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Rachel Grainger Hunt

Rachel Grainger Hunt is a lifelong artist living and working in the U.K.
Rachel takes a great interest in developing her work and style. She loves a new challenge which is evident in her choice of subject matter which are extremely varied.
She has a particular interest in still life studies however her work is known to encompass multiple genres.
Her works are held in collections across the U.K. and further afield.
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David Overend

David Anthony Overend was born 1933 in Birstall, Yorkshire. He began painting at a very early age, and was encouraged by his two aunts, Hilda Garbutt and Mabel Overend both very accomplished watercolourists. He is also a direct descendant of William Heysham Overend RA.

David married a Belfast girl and moved to Northern Ireland where his painting flourished. He loves to paint the Irish Landscape and never ceases to be inspired by it. He exhibits all over Ireland and his work can be found in collections both here and abroad.
Antrim Coastline
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Liam Reilly

Liam Reilly lives and works in the Glens of Antrim and he is a respected and accomplished painter of Irish scenes who is best known as a painter of landscapes of the Glens of Antrim.
In his paintings Liam uses colour in a very considered way. Exaggerating the actual rich natural colour of objects and the seasons variations in foliage.
Little Grey Fergie by Gregory Moore
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Gregory Moore

Gregory Moore has consummate skill as a pastel painter. He also works in watercolour and acrylic. Gregory lives in Ballymena and is an art tutor at Northern Regional College. He is a member of The Ulster Watercolour Society, The Arts Society of Ulster and The Pastel Society of Ireland. He has exhibited at galleries in Belfast, Donegal and Dublin and is a frequent demonstrator in pastel and watercolour. His work has featured on the Channel 4 programme, Watercolour Challenge.
Nr Rathmullan, Co Donegal by Manson Blair
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Manson Blair

Manson Blair was born near Ballyclare, County Antrim in 1947. From early school days Manson always had an interest in art and drawing. After attending Stranmillis College from 1965-68, he took up a teaching career in Larne, moving later to Carrickfergus and is currently Vice Principal of Ballyclare Primary School. He also teaches an adult class in oil and watercolour painting at the East Antrim Institute and has done so since 1980.
He began to paint seriously in the early seventies and displayed a liking for the traditional Irish Landscape, particularly the rugged mountain, coast and lake views of the West of Ireland, and many parts of the Antrim Coast. He has long admired the work of past Irish Landscapists such as JH Craig, Frank McKelvey, Paul Henry and Maurice C Wilks. For his subject material he travels widely in Mayo, Galway and Donegal.

Watching the Boat
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Lorna Miller

Lorna Millar was born in Northern Ireland in the 1970s. She creates fluid images constructed with great energy by applying liberal amounts of thick colour with both brush and palette knife. Each stroke is carefully skilled to create a whole. The paint is often allowed to stand from the canvas which gives the work a unique tangible quality. When viewing her work one is immediately aware of the energy present. Lorna’s love of her subject matter and her artistic talent combine to create highly collectible art works that enthrall and fascinate in a timeless manner. 

Summer Meadow
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Tom Kerr

Tom Kerr was born and educated in Holywood, County Down in Northern Ireland and began painting in watercolours in the 1960’s. He has held several highly successful One Man Exhibitions  during the past 20 years, and continues a close working relationship with the Galleries in Ireland. In the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the Arts in Northern Ireland.

Black Arch, Larne
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Sam McLarnon

Sam McLarnon, was born, raised and lived in Larne, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland and unfortunately died suddenly in 2012. He was a quiet, generous and unassuming gentleman, who will be remembered for his excellent work depicting Northern Ireland. His works are highly collectable and form the centre of many public and private collections. He mainly worked in watercolour, his favourite medium, to capture the glorious scenery of Northern Ireland, particularly the Antrim Coast which he constantly frequented. 
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Aylmer E. Armstrong

Aylmer E. Armstrong is a renowned artist who has a private studio in Portstewart regularly teaches in art in the local area. He is also a member of the Ulster Watercolour Society. 
Cottages
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Dennis Orme Shaw

Dennis Orme Shaw was born in Cookstown in 1944 and now lives in Kircubbin on the Ards Peninsula.

His style is multi faceted - being almost as varied as his subject matter, which includes vibrant landscape studies, still life, figure studies and musicians. Dennis Orme Shaw's art is often traditional in subject matter, cottages in secluded areas of Ireland, however they are presented in a contemporary way through brushstrokes and incredible use of colour.

Orme Shaw executes his paintings using bold and vivid colours while emphasizing the effect of sunshine on the subject matter.

He has won several awards including the Silver Medal Award from the Royal Ulster Academy. Many collections hold examples of his work including those of the Bank of Ireland, the Ulster Bank and the Doyle Hotel Group, Dublin.
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