Melita Denaro (b.1950)

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Melita Denaro

Melita Denaro


Melita Denaro lives and works in Donegal and London.

All Denaro’s small studies are painted on location on the Isle of Doagh, an island on the Atlantic coast of Ireland. Her larger oil paintings are inspired by these smaller studies and are usually painted in London. Denaro was trained at Central School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Her first exhibition at the gallery was held in February 2002.


<i>Turning the Silver out of Dark Grasses where the Skylark had Laine</i> 2017 oil on panel 4¼ x 7½ ins  ,
<i>A lovely day between the showers</i> 2017 oil on panel  10¼ x 11½ ins  ,
<i>I have been to hell & back, let me tell you, it was wonderful</i> 2018 oil on panel 13½ x 15 ins  ,
<i>Thinking if VGH on this Luminous Evening</i> 2018 oil on panel 15 x 18 ins,
<i>Those That Have Died Are Not Beyond Our Companionship</i> 2018 Oil on canvas laid on board  30 x 30,
<i>The mind is good, that’s the beauty of it.  Charlie helping me in the garden</i> 2014 Oil on panel 11 x 13½ ins, (27.94 x 34.29 cms)
<i>13. Charlie saying “You’re looking good, you can get a man yet”</i> Oil on panel 11 x 13½ ins, (27.99 x 34.01 cms)
<i>14. Angels are supposed to hover over Mass rocks long after they have ceased</i> Oil on panel 10 x 9.5 ins, (25.40 x 24.13 cms)
<i>15. It takes a horse with a big heart to get up that hill at Cheltenham</i> Oil on panel 10¼ x 11½ ins, (26.01 x 29.01 cms)
<i>Paddy coming up the whole length of the Brae field, like a white arrow throug</i> 2014 Oil on panel 11¼ x 13¼ ins, (28.58 x 33.66 cms)
<i>Filled with longing for a boy who loved me years ago.  23rd June 2014</i> 2014 Oil on panel 6 x 7½ ins, (15.24 x 19.05 cms)
<i>11. Thinking of my father his influence on me profound 2 Sept 2012</i> Oil on panel 13½ x 15 ins, (34.01 x 38.00 cms)



1975-78 Central School of Art BA (Hons) Ceramics
1992-95 Royal Academy Schools Post Graduate Diploma in Painting

Solo Exhibitions

2008 The Glad Earth, John Martin Gallery, London
2004 A Field We Knew Together, John Martin Gallery, London
2003 Melita Denaro at London Art Fair, John Martin Gallery, London
2003 ‘New Paintings from the Isle of Doagh’, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2002 Melita Denaro 2002, John Martin Gallery, London
2000 Glebe Gallery, Donegal
1998 Paintings of Donegal Kelly Ross at the Ko Raw Gallery
1997 Gallery Dublin showing with Jack B. Yeats
1992,94 Oliver Swan Gallery London
1990,92,94The Gorden Gallery Derry

Group Exhbitions

2007 York: Contemporary Irish Painting, Lalique New York, John Martin Gallery
2006 Irish Landscape and Mark Swords, John Martin Gallery
2006 New Year Exhibition, John Martin Gallery
2005 Summer Exhibition, John Martin Gallery
2003 Melita Denaro, London Art Fair, John Martin Gallery
1999 Painters from Ireland, John Martin of London
1997 British & Contemporary Painting, Kelly Ross at the Clink Wharf Gallery
1996-98 Waterman,London
1996-98 Art,Connaught Brown London
1996 Whitechapel Open
1996 Beginnings Offer Waterman London
1996 Person Show Adam Gallery Bath
1996 Blue Gallery London
1996 Soloman Gallery, Dublin
1995-98 Art Fair, Royal College of Art
1995-1997Contemporary Art Society,Royal Festival Hall
1995-1997The Discerning Eye,The Mall Galleries
1992-97 Royal Hiberian Academy, Dublin
1990-97 Royal Academy Summer Show
1994-96 Sligo Art Gallery
1994 a Mark The Mall Galleries
1993-97 Hunting Observer Art Prize
1992-94 Guardian Art for Sale


1994 The Armitage Prize
1994 The David Murray Travelling Scholarship
1995 The Creswick Prize
1995 The Royal Academy Silver Medal


Irish State Dublin, Guinness Dublin; Guinness London; Allied Irish Bank Dublin; Hambros Bank London; Oprah Winfrey Chicago; `Blur’; Donegal County Council; H.R.H The Prince of Wales.