Eamon Colman was born in Dublin 1957. He is an elected member of Aosdána since 2007 in recognition of his major contribution to Irish culture.
His professional career spans from 1979, having created over thirty-six solo exhibitions nationally and Internationally. Most notably he was invited to host a retrospective of his work ‘Panorama: A Review’ at The Strule Arts Center, Omagh 2013; ‘Monument’ Stern Studio Gallery, Vienna 2011; ‘Before the dark gets stronger than the light’ Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Center, Tallaght, 2010; ‘Remnant’ The Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, USA, 2008; ‘Salt River’ The Oriel Queens Hall Gallery, Wales 2010 and 2006; ‘Breath of the River’ Galleri Caernarfon Cyf, Wales 2007.
A major mid term exhibition of his work ‘Post Cards Home’ was held at The R.H.A. Dublin in 1996 accompanied by a Monograph by Brian McAvera, ‘Dreams From The Lions Head, The Work of Eamon Colman’ by Four Fields Press.
He exhibited on a bi-annual basis in the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin from 1990 to 2003 and from 2004 until 2018 at Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin.
A 25-year retrospective of his work is featured in Profile 25 – Eamon Colman (Gandon Editions, Kinsale). His work can be viewed in his representative gallery: Solomon Fine Art, Balfe Street, Dublin 2.
He lives in County Kilkenny.
Blaise Smith RHA
Blaise Smith R.H.A. (b.1967) is one of Ireland’s leading Figurative painters. He is adept at realist Landscapes, Portraits and still-lives.
Earlier this summer his Landscape work was exhibited in Shaping Ireland in the National Gallery of Ireland - a survey show of Irish Landscape since the 1700s. Also this August 2019 his suite of paintings WEAPONS will be exhibited as part of the Tipperary Heritage Festival.
Last year his portrait “My Parents” was runner up in the National Gallery’s Zurich Portrait Prize and the previous year he won the Irish Arts Review Portrait Prize with his much celebrated group portrait “8 Scientists”, a portrait of leading Irish female Scientists for the Royal Irish Academy and Accenture’s “Women on Walls” Campaign. His most recent public portraits are of Dean William Morton for St. Patricks Cathedral, Dean Mary McCarron for TCD and the playwright Bernard Farrell for the Abbey. He has also completed several large scale State commissions during his career ; most recently a 5 metre panorama of Waterford City in 2016 and - SCHOOLWORK - twenty paintings portraying life in a Carlow School in 2011. He has had numerous solo shows and his work is held in many Public and Private Collections.
He teaches advanced oil painting techniques and drawing and composition at the RHA Drawing School where he is vice-principal. He has given talks to accompany his exhibitions in the Crawford, The RHA, Visual in Carlow and (naturally) the Electric Picnic.
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