NEWS: My portrait of Annie Murphy at her home in California has been shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize and is on show in the National Gallery of Ireland until 10th March 2024. Annie, an American divorcee who came to Ireland in the early 1970s, had a love affair with Bishop Eamonn Casey and gave birth to his son, Peter. The news broke in 1993, when Peter was 19. It caused a scandal that was part of the unravelling of the Catholic church's power in Ireland. Journalist Noah Goldberg of the Los Angeles Times took an interest in the story and it became front page news.www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-01-29/irish-bishop-annie-murphy-affair My portrait of Lucky Khambule, co-founder of The Movement for Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) has been awarded the Ireland-Us Council and Irish Arts Review award for portraiture at the 193rd RHA. In 2022 the National Gallery of Ireland purchased my portrait of Catherine Corless, the woman who uncovered the Tuam Mother and Baby Home scandal. Find out more about Catherine Corless and her work follow the link.
Above left, Annie Murphy, 120x90cm Below left: Portrait of Lucky Khambule, co founder of MASI, the Movement for Asylum Seekers in Ireland. 122x122 cm,
I took part in an interview with Alan Keane who runs The Artist's Well, an archive of nearly 50 interviews with prominent artists from around the country. Mine can be viewed on YouTube, episode 46 and it lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. A book called The Source, which features the first 50 artists has been published.
'Tania Persichini Sewing'
oil and acrylic on board. 55x45 cm
Shortlisted in the Zurich Portrait Prize 2019 (SOLD)
'How to Pronounce Chorizo and other First World Problems'
acrylic on canvas. 30x30 cm
Portrait of Catherine Corless, Historian and Human Rights Campaigner. Purchased by the National Gallery of Ireland