The gallery is closed from 12 August to 3 September 2019

Olivier Cornet Gallery

3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1, Ireland


087 288 7261

Tues to Friday: 11am - 6pm (8pm on Thurs)
Sat & Sun: 12 noon - 5pm

Claire Halpin

"My practice explores themes and concepts around contested territories and histories. The current artworks are developed from my research into surveillance and attempts to navigate the terrain from the mass clandestine surveillance programmes to the use of drones in unmanned warfare. The work uses imagery from newspaper photos, surveillance, maps and from the canon of art history of Byzantine and Early Renaissance. I am influenced by the complex organisation of space and time in the compositions of Early Renaissance paintings where the narrative unfolds so that more than one thing can be seen to be happening in the picture plane at once.

The themes in the work concern the use of imagery and how we perceive and interpret images depending on how they are painted and how the context in which we view images influences our reading of them. I strive to create beautiful paintings that raise questions about how we choose to record history and the veracity of painting, photography, and the media in documenting future history.

The techniques and processes employed range from traditional form and materials of icon painting to oil painting, drawing, video and installation."

Claire Halpin 2016


  • Masters in Art and Design [Painting] Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • B.A in Fine Art [Painting], School of Art and Design, Dublin Institute of Technology.
  • Certificate in Art and Design, Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Dublin.
    • Recent selected solo exhibitions

      • Glomar Response, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin (forthcoming)

        • 2012
          • Reconstructions, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda.

            • 2011
              • Reconstructions, Talbot Gallery, Dublin.
              • Tabula Rasa, Cavan County Museum, Cavan

                • 2010
                  • Anaesthetic Aesthetics, RUA Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght.

                    • 2008
                      • Always Now, Talbot Gallery, Dublin.
                        • Recent selected group exhibitions

                          • Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
                          • 38th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick City (Curator Inti Guerrero)
                          • 188th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
                          • Arrival (selected by Gemma Tipton), dlr Open Exhibition, Municipal Gallery, dlr LexIcon.

                            • (awarded the DLR Open Exhibition Artist Award by art critic Gemma Tipton for Raft I and Raft II)
                              • Cáirde Visual, The Model, Sligo 2018
                              • Concerning the Other at QSS Gallery, Belfast
                                • 2017

                                  • '2° C', VUE Art Fair 2017 with Olivier Cornet Gallery, Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Dublin (Ireland)
                                  • Concerning the Other (as both artist and co-curator), Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
                                  • 187th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, Dublin
                                  • Sculpture in Context 2016, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
                                    • 2016

                                      • Elevation, VUE Art Fair 2016, with Olivier Cornet Gallery, Royal Hivernian Academy (RHA), Dublin (Ireland)
                                      • Republic, Summer group show curated by Eoin Mac Lochlainn and Olivier Cornet, Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
                                      • Effleurements, group show, Olivier Cornet Gallery
                                      • Little Stories, Little Prints, A 1916 Commemorative National Touring Exhibition, Ireland
                                      • Sculpture in Context 2016, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
                                      • Printed Matter, Galway Print Exchange, Connacht Tribune Gallery, Galway
                                      • Cáirde Visual, Sligo Arts Festival, Yeats Building, Sligo
                                      • 186th Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin

                                        • 2015
                                          • Sculpture in Context 2015, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
                                          • Cáirde Visual, Sligo Arts Festival, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo

                                            • 2014
                                              • The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project, The Pearse Museum, Dublin (Curated with Eoin Mac Lochlainn)
                                              • The Palimpsest/ Rianú Project, An Gailearaí, Gweedore, Donegal
                                              • Artisterium 7, Tbilisi International Art Exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia (Invited artist)
                                              • Sculpture in Context 2014, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

                                                • 2013
                                                  • Artisterium 6, Tbilisi International Art Exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia (Irish Curator)
                                                  • The Bulgarians are coming, Bulgarian Institute/ Standpoint Gallery, London, UK
                                                  • Sculpture in Context 2013, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
                                                  • 183rd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin
                                                  • Larocque Arts Festival, Larocque, France
                                                  • Water Tower Art Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria
                                                  • Caochspota/ Blindspot, Niland Gallery, Galway
                                                  • One Year, Avenue Road Gallery, Dublin

                                                    • 2012
                                                      • Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Talbot Gallery, Dublin (Curated with Elaine Grainger)
                                                      • Sculpture in Context 2012, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
                                                      • Artisterium 5, Tbilisi International Art Exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia
                                                      • 182nd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin
                                                      • Museum of the Miniature, Skibbereen Arts Festival

                                                        • 2011
                                                          • Artisterium 4, Tbilisi International Art Exhibition, Tbilisi, Georgia
                                                          • Sculpture in Context 2011, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
                                                          • Wrapped Up, Talbot Gallery, Dublin.
                                                          • Cluster, Stone Gallery, Dublin

                                                            • Recent commissions
                                                              • Sounding Lines, Green and Blue Futures, Public Art Commission, Tipperary (with Maree Hensey)

                                                                • 2013
                                                                  • Permanent Artwork, Primary School, Temple Street Childrens University Hospital, Dublin
                                                                  • Permanent Artwork, Benincasa Special School, Blackrock, Co.Dublin

                                                                    • 2007
                                                                      • Archaeology of the Future, Per Cent for Art Public Commission, St.Kilian’s N.S, Kingswood, Dublin

                                                                        • 2006
                                                                          • Corporate Commission, Carton House Hotel, Co.Kildare

                                                                            • Collections
                                                                              • Works in private and public collections including: AXA Insurance, A.I.B Art Collection, O.P.W, The Four Seasons Hotel, Clarion Hotels, Blackrock Hospice Foundation, Smirnoff Collection, D.I.T Art Collection, Louth County Council Collection, Cavan County Council Collection.and Imago Mundi, Benetton Art Collection

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