Seán McSweeney (b.1935- 2018 )

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Seán McSweeney

Seán McSweeney

b.1935- 2018

Lives and works in Sligo, Ireland.

McSweeney is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and original landscape painters. His work is almost entirely based on the small area of shoreline and bogland that surrounds his home on a small peninsula in Sligo. The repeated use of the rectangular fields relates to the bog holes cut over hundreds of years and which, in winter fill with brakish water and out of which a rich variety of plants grow in the spring.

Lives and works in Sligo, Ireland.

Seán McSweeney was born in Dublin in 1935. A self-taught artist, McSweeney has exhibited his work in Dublin since 1958 with his first solo show in 1965 at the Dawson Gallery. His earliest landscapes were based on the landscape of Wicklow where he lived from the late 1960’s until his move to the Sligo coast in the 1980’s. His work is held in numerous public collections and later this year a retrospective of his work curated by the Model Arts and Niland Gallery will tour Ireland.


<i>Ballyconnell Shoreline</i> 2011 Oil on canvas 9½ x 11¾ ins, (24.13 x 29.85 cms)
<i>Bogland & Sea, 1984</i> Oil on canvas 14 x 18 ins, (35.56 x 45.72 cms)
<i>Evening Bogland</i> 2003 Oil on canvas 36 x 48 ins, (91.44 x 121.92 cms)


Solo Exhibitions

2007 Retrospective, organised by the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, touring to Triskel Art Centre, Cork and the Solstice Art Centre, Navan
2003 John Martin Gallery, London
2003 Family Collection, The Gallery, Civic Theatre, Dublin
2002 Taylor Galleries, Dublin
2001 John Martin Gallery, London
2000 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
2000 Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1998 Glebe Gallery, Donegal
1998 Romanischen Kellers, Salzburg (with Charles Tyrell)
1995 Fenderesky Gallery at Queen’s Belfast, Taylor Galleries Dublin
1994 Taylor Galleries Dublin
1992 Vanguard Gallery Macroom, Shoreline & Bog, Sligo Taylor Galleries Dublin, Narrow Water Gallery Warrenpoint
1990-91 Retrospective 1965-1990 Galway Arts Festival, Sligo Art Gallery, Cootehill Festival, Cavan, RHA Gallagher Gallery Dublin
1989 Kerlin Gallery Belfast, Riverrun Gallery Limerick
1988 Sligo Art Gallery
1986,88 The Gordon Gallery Derry
1986 Carroll Gallery Longford
1985,87,91 The Kenny Gallery Galway
1982 Belltable Arts Centre Limerick
1980-88 Taylor Galleries Dublin
1980 Enniskillen Arts Centre
1976 The Kenny Gallery Galway
1965-1977 The Dawson Gallery

Group Exhibitions

2005 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, with Pat Harris
1998 Romanischen Kellers, Salzburg, with Charles Tyrrell
1996 Living Landscape ’96 West Cork Arts Centre Skibbereen, Two-Person Show with Conor Fallon
RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
1995 Poetic Land, Political Territory NCCA Sunderland & touring UK, Sligo Connections Model Arts Centre Sligo, Two-Person Show with John Coen Calerie d’Art Saxon
1994 Two-Person Show with Jill Dennis Vangard Gallery Macroom
1993 Two-Person Show with John Behan Foxford Arts Centre
1992,93-94 Gateway to Art Dublin Airport, Island Connections Stone Art Gallery Spiddal
1991 Art of the State touring Ireland, Figurative Image
1990 Austen/Desmond Fine Art London, Images of Ireland, Brussels
1989 The Living Landscape West Cork Arts Centre Skibbereen
1988 Longford, Royal Hospital Kilmainham Dublin
1988 Bicentennial Celebrations WIAA Sydney, Canberra
1986 Western Artists Galway Arts Festival, Nine Painters
<1985 Fourteenth Festival of Painting Cagnes-Sur-Mer France
1983,86 Independent Artists
1980 The Delighted Eye, A Sense of Ireland London
1979,82-86,88 Figurative Image 1971 Celtic Triangle touring Ireland, Scotland & Wales
1970 Landscape Then & Now Arts Council touring exhibition
1966 Cuimhneachán 1916 Dánlann na Cathrach Baile Atha Cliath
1963,76,88,89 Taispeantas Ealaine, An Oireachtas
1962-63,66Irish Exhibition of Living Art
1958 Cavendish Gallery Dublin

Public Collections

An Chomhairle Ealáion/ Arts Council
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
Sligo Museum and Art Gallery
Trinity College, Dublin
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Limerick City Gallery
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation
The Boyle Civic Collection