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

Eoin Mac Lochlainn

Artist’s Statement

"I collect images from newspapers, magazines and the internet to find the subjects for my practice. I am particularly interested in images of ordinary people in situations of conflict or crisis. It is easy to become inured to the individual stories that lie behind any of these images, but by choosing one and making it the subject of a painting, I try to emphasise the importance of that human story and, in a way, to subvert the notion of the “15 minutes of fame. My current body of work is examining the human dimension to the economic collapse and looking at notions of ‘Home’. I am interested in exploring how art may produce a deeper and more enduring understanding of the contemporary experience than do media images."

Art Education
2000 - BA in Fine Art (Hons), National College of Art&Design, Dublin
1981 - Diploma in Art in Industry&Commerce, College of Commerce, Dublin

Awards and residencies

Won the ESB Keating McLaughlin Medal and Award, 2010
Shortlisted for the Davy Portrait Award, 2010
Won the Golden Fleece Award, 2008
Short listed for Oireachtas Award for the Requiem Catalogue, 2007
Úr Programme, Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Co. Donegal 2013
Samkura Project, Tbilisi, Georgia 2012
Cló Ceardlann nag Cnoc, Co. Donegal 2012
Cill Rialaig, Kerry 2006
Temple Bar Gallery&Studios, Dublin 2001

Artist-in-Prison Projects
2013/ 2014 Arbour Hill Prison
2009 Port Laoise Prison

AIB, Bank of Ireland, OPW, Revenue Commissioners, AXA
Insurance, Foras na Gaeilge, Gael Linn, The Boyle Civic Collection,
Wesley College, University of Limerick, Donegal County Council, Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc.

Brian McAvera, The Irish Arts Review magazine, Autumn 2015
Niall McMonagle, The Sunday Independent, Feb’13
Cristín Leach, The Sunday Times, April’12
Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, April’09
Oscar McLennan, Artinfo.com, Feb’07
Anne Iremonger, Dubliner Magazine, Sept’05
Jackie Ryan, Irish Property Buyer Magazine, June’05
Marianne Hartigan, The Sunday Tribune, Feb’02
Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, Feb’02
Kate Robinson, The Sunday Independent, Feb’88


“Aiséirí/Requiem”, 2006 (with essay by Dr Brenda Moore-McCann)
“Bliainiris”, 2002 (with essay by Méabh Ní Chléirigh)

TV reviews
Imeall (TG4), Oct 2015
Ardán, TG4 Jan 2007
The View, RTE1 May 2005

Recent exhibitions


  • 'Deireadh Fómhair', solo show, Olivier Cornet Gallery (Oct 2018)
  • Drawing on Joyce, a group show around Bloomsday (curated by Olivier Cornet), Olivier Cornet Gallery
  • Concerning the Other, a group show (curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn), Queen Street Studios, Belfast,
  • '2°C', a group show on climate change curated by Olivier Cornet with the support of the EPA (first presented at VUE Art Fair RHA in November 2017), Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
    • 2017

      • Vue 2017, '2°C' group show, National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA, with the Olivier Cornet Gallery
      • 187th RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
      • Concerning the Other, a group show (curated by Olivier Cornet, Claire Halpin and Eoin Mac Lochlainn) at the Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin
      • Facing West, Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon
      • Crazy Jane, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
      • 'Silent Stories': two-person exhibition with Miriam McConnon, curated by Olivier Cornet Gallery, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
        • 2016

          • Vue 2016, Elévation group show, National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA, with the Olivier Cornet Gallery
          • ‘Diaspora’, solo show, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
          • Republic’, group show, Olivier Cornet Gallery, co-curated with Olivier Cornet
          • ‘Tinteáin’, solo show, An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair, Co. Donegal
          • 186th RHA Annual Exhibition

            • 2015
              • 'Hopscotch', winter group show, Olivier Cornet Gallery
              • VUE 2015, National Contemporary Art Fair at the RHA, group show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery
              • 'Diaspora', solo show at the Olivier Cornet Gallery
              • '5 Cavendish Row', summer group show curated by Olivier Cornet and Arran Henderson, Olivier Cornet Gallery
              • 'Home', Open Submission group show, Dlr Lexicon, Dunlaoghaire.
              • 'A Terrible Beauty', touring group show, The Octagonal Room, City Assembly House, Dublin with the Olivier Cornet Gallery

                • 2014
                  • 'Reflections', Christmas/winter group show, Olivier Cornet Gallery
                  • A Terrible Beauty, touring group show, presented at Vue 2014, RHA

                    • with the Olivier Cornet Gallery
                      • The Palimpsest/Rianú Project, Pearse Museum, Dublin
                      • Dídean/ Home, solo show, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Port Laoise
                      • Dídean/ Home, solo show, No.69 O’Connell Street, Limerick
                      • The Palimpsest/Rianú Project, An Gailearaí, Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal
                        • 2013

                          • The Palimpsest/Rianú Project, Irish group show at Artisterium VIin Tbilisi, Georgia (curated by the artist himself and Claire Halpin).
                          • Dídean/ Home, solo show, Dánlann Dillon, Cultúrlann McAdam O Fiaich, Belfast.
                          • Shaping Identities Together/ Ag Cruthú le Chéile, group show in Leuven, Belgium (with Hughie O’Donoghue, Colin Martin, Geraldine O’Reilly and Robert Russell).
                          • 20/20 Print Exchange, touring print exhibition, England and Scotland
                          • Caochspota,Niland Gallery, Galway.
                          • Northern Lights/ Na Saighneáin, Cló Ceardlann na gCnoc, Donegal.

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