Project Description


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

  • 2024 Frontier, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2023 Altered State, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2021 Arena, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
  • 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
  • 2005 Institut Franco Americain, Rennes, France
  • 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