Gary Kearney


Born in Tipperary and based in Cork City, Kearney graduated from the Crawford College of Art & Design in 2005. His work reflects his interest in architecture, perspective and natural lighting and explores how these change our emotional connection to our city.
His paintings have been exhibited throughout Ireland, including solo shows at the Linenhall Arts Centre, Sirius Arts Centre, Iontas Theatre and Garter Lane Arts Centre. He has participated in various group shows including the Chimera Gallery in Westmeath, the Lavit Gallery in Cork and the Source Arts Centre in Co. Tipperary to name a few.

Gary has a studio in Backwater Artists Group where he was previously a member from 2010 to 2019.

His work is represented in public collections such as the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, The Office of Public Works and Cork City Libraries.
His work has been selected for the most prestigious exhibitions throughout Ireland and Britain, such as the RHA  Annual Exhibition in 2018, 2021, 2022 and 2024. The RUA  Annual Exhibition in the Ulster Museum, Belfast in 2019 and 2023. The RWA Annual Exhibition in Bristol, England in 2019 and 2022. The Bath Society of Artists 115th Annual Open Exhibition in England in 2020 and the Royal Scottish Academy 197th Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland in 2023.
He was Longlisted for the Jackson’s Painting Prize in 2022 and 2023. He was selected for the first ever Art Riddler Exhibition at Studio 10, Dublin in 2022 and once again in 2023.

He is represented by The Chimera Gallery in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Artist Statement

Through my work I am attempting to portray various aspects of the city, I gather a large body of photographic images comprising of architecture, perspective and natural lighting. My desire to portray these aspects is based on my impression of the city at the time of photographing. The city appeals to me because it contains vast amounts of information infinitely being altered through the effects of weather conditions and man’s constant obsession with construction and progression. The environment changes our emotions towards the way we look at certain aspects of our lives and surroundings. I try to capture these emotions and encase them within my paintings.


Membership: Backwater Artists Network
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