Martin Gale (1949)

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Martin Gale

Martin Gale


His work generally responds to the contemporary Irish landscape, and how people interact with it. His paintings often create a dark commentary on rural life in modern Ireland. He paints in a realist manner, employing both oils and watercolour. His realism is a hybrid, with its formal antecedents lying with 1970s photorealism, and straight forward realism of the kind practised in the earlier decades of the twentieth century. It is essentially an urban style, leavened by its subject matter, the environment of rural Ireland

Born, 1949 Worcester, England




1968-1973 National College of Art and Design
1982 Elected Member of Aosdana
1996 Elected full member of Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Solo Exhibitions

2008 Martin Gale, Fenton Gallery, Cork
2006 Recent Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2004 Nissan Art Project, RHA, Dublin
2002 Lost Fields, Fenton Gallery, Cork
2001 Hardlands, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1996 Two Places, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1992 Still Life Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1989 New Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1988 Drawings, Galway Arts Centre, Nun’s Island, Galway
1987 Beyond the Garden Wall, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1981-82 Artists’s Response, Arts Council touring exhibition, Irish venues
1981 Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1974 Neptune Gallery, Dublin

Group Exhibitions

2009 Storyline, John Martin Gallery, London
2008 Artists’ Choice, John Martin Gallery, London
2004 In the time of Shaking, Irish Artists for Amnesty Internationa, IMMA
2003 Some Recent Irish Paintings, Messum’s Fine Art, London
2002 Recent Irish Art from the AIB Group Collection, Ulster Museum, Belfast
2002 Holy Show, Irish Artists and the Old Testament, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
2001 Friends of Sean McSweeney, Boyle Arts Festival