Eddie Kennedy
(1960- )


Eddie Kennedy was born in Thurles, County Tipperary, in 1960. He graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1983 with distinction and received his Masters in Fine Art at the University of Cincinnati in 1989. Having spent some years painting in New York and working with US artist Ron Gorchov, he now lives and works in Dublin and Mayo. In 2017 he received the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award and was elected to membership of Aosdána

"There is always a surprise in Eddie's paintings, but the surprise is never provocative as much as it is evocative. Meaning is everywhere and in everything. It is the range of emotion and spirit that so impresses. His vocabulary of mark and surface, light and colour is so established by now. He has reached a high plateau in his most recent work and the views are stunning." Randall L. Exon

"I stand with Theseus to one side of me, Ariadne to the other, and we enjoy a speaking silence as we look on these paintings. Theseus admires the forcefulness of the work, the vigorous brush strokes, the deft use of the knife, the unleashing of energies and their containment. Ariadne sees what the painter is up to, how he's figured his way outward and upward from previous work; how he's tried now this, now that, as he battles forward, how he returns to the starting place, starts out again; how all those windings of thread are remembered and scored in the paintings themselves." Theo Dorgan

Selected Exhibitions

2018 Sing, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2018 Peripheries (with Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Patrick Graham), dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
2016 Source, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2014 The Artist's Eye, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland
2014 Annual Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, England
2013 Track, Higher Bridges Gallery, Northern Ireland
2012 Annual Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, England
2012 Thread, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2010 Scope, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2010 J. Cacciola Gallery at Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA
2009 Works on Paper, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2009 ID A (Interior Design Art Fair), Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland
2009 J. Cacciola Gallery, New York, USA
2009 Los Angeles Art Show, LA Convention Center, USA
2009 Invited Artist: Éigse, Carlow Arts Festival
2008 Recent Works, Hylands Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2008 Revel, Vangard Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2008 Art Santa Fe, International Art Fair, New Mexico, USA
2008 The Painted Path, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2008 New Paintings, J. Cacciola Gallery, New York
2007 Find, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2007 Art-Miami, Miami Beach Convention Centre, Florida, USA
2006 Invited artist, Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2006 Winter Show, Fenton Gallery, Cork
2006 Irish Landscape, John Martin of London, Albemarle Street, London
2005 Play, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2005 Intense, Centre Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France, and Institut Franco Americain, Rennes, France
2005 Catherine Hammond Gallery, County Cork
2004 Contemporary Landscapes, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2000 Hold, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin
2000 Invited Artist: Éigse, Carlow Arts Festival

1998 Mountains, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin
1996 Silent Song - Recent Paintings, Irish Life Exhibition Centre, Dublin
1994 Galerie Egon Von Kamek, Potsdam/Berlin, Germany
1994 Emerging Collector Gallery, 2nd Ave, New York, USA
1994 Garrison Art Centre, Garrison, New York, USA
1991 Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin

1989 Piedmont Gallery, Augusta, Georgia, USA
1989 Vine Street Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
1984 Independent Artists, National Juried Show, Bank of Ireland, Dublin


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