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Paul McCloskey

Wexford (Gorey) based painter Paul McCloskey originally from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan attended the National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D) Dublin and  also De Montfort University UK  where he received a Master’s Degree in Fine art (MFA) in 2010. In 2021/22 Paul completed the Turps London CC art course. He has been involved in visual art education for over 30 years.

Paul is a professional member of ‘visual artists Ireland’.  He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally throughout the UK, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Venice, Paris, Macedonia, Bulgaria and New York.

His work is held in many collections including the Osten Art collection, Gallery of Drawing Macedonia, Monaghan and Wexford county council collections, Ulster Hospital Belfast, Monaghan VEC, RTE, Irish Bank of Commerce, Kavanagh Heritage Centre, Smurfit art collection as well as numerous private collections.

He was the 2016 recipient of the special award by the international jury at the Osten Biennial of Drawing/Works on paper in Skopje, Macedonia where five of his works now form a permanent part of the 'World Gallery Of Drawing Collection' of the Museum of Drawing/Works on Paper. He was one of 13 artists shortlisted for the ‘London Contemporary Art Award’ 2018 where he was awarded the 'materials bursary award'.

Paul received Arts Council funding in 2021 and 2022 in support of his current series of paintings
‘Meabhraíocht - Lessons from A Hedgerow’ some of which can be seen HERE as well as bursaries from Arts Links Wexford and Monaghan Co. Council on a number of occasions.

Paul’s work is included in many important publications including ‘Art Talk Collective’, ‘Artmoire’, Italy, USA, 'The Contemporary Art Review' UK,  ‘ART QA’ New York, ‘Creative Quarterly’ – The Journal of Art and Design, New York, ‘Gallery and Studio’ Visual Art Magazine, New York as well as two books on  ‘The State of Art ‘ UK, Landscape and 3d and ‘EXHIBEO’ ‘Selected Art Reviews and Interviews' - vol. 1' -Jonathan Raddatz – Quebec.

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His visual influence is determined by the surrounding landscape, but its intention is primarily as a catalyst in expressing divinity and is therefore secondary to this expression, the primary purpose being process, allowing, presence and place.

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Paul has work in the following collections:

Ulster Hospital Belfast

Monaghan County Council, art collection.

Wexford County Council, art collection.

OSTEN Art Collection, World Gallery Of Drawing, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia

Smurfit Collection

Irish Bank of Commerce

Monaghan VEC

Kavanagh Heritage Centre, Monaghan


Connemara design centre

Ashfield College, Dublin

Civic Centre, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan   

As well as numerous private collections throughout the country.

Selected Exhibitions:


Abstract 2022 - open - Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK – 25th March – 9th April

June 20 to July 20 - 2021 - The MANCHESTER 2020 Visions Exhibition - Deansgate Gallery and Barton Arcade, Brick Factory Exhibition.

Feb' - March' - 2021 - [a] Cube Contemporary, Sofia, Bulgaria  - Abstracts

2021 - Shrine Gallery , NYC , Group show - New York (Online)

March - April 2021 - Painters Tubes (Online) '6 of the Best' - London

2019/20 - Incognito - Solomon Gallery Dublin, Lavit Gallery Cork. April/May

2018/19 – ‘
1 FT SQ' -  Strule Arts Centre, Omagh - 14 December 2018 – 12 January 2019
Ciara Hambly / Hambly & Hambly Gallery Enniskillen. Paul McKenna / McKenna Gallery Omagh.

2018/19 - 'Open Submission' - Dunamaise Arts Centre - Thursday 22 November to Saturday 5 January, Guest Selector: Claire Behan.

2018 - Store Gallery London. 'London Contemporary Art Prize' finalists - July/August

2017 - GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford, Annual Juried Group Exhibition - 17th August – 23rd September

2016 – 18th October – EWAA...East, West Art Award, Shortlisted/Finalists’ Exhibition. La Galleria, Pall Mall, London.

2016 - 22nd September – 27th October – EXHIBITION of the AWARDED ARTISTS of the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/Works on Paper, World Gallery of Drawing - Skopje, Macedonia.

2016 - OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/WORKS ON PAPER (5 works) Skopje 2016 March –August.

2016 – ‘ESCAPE’ - (Curated by Michelle de Forge - Artists - Cecilia Danell, Lelia Henry, Rosemary Langtry, Paul McCloskey, Maria O'Brien, Emily Rainsford and Edward White. Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise IRL. 23rd June - 31st July 2016

2015 – LONDON CALLING 015 - 22nd - 25th October -one of thirty international artists selected to exhibit at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank London this October. Selected jointly by 'LONDON CALLING 015' and 'ART NOW/ARTISTS FAIR LONDON'.

2015 – August -International Exhibition of Contemporary Art - VENEZIA ’15 Grand’ Art, Gallery of the Art Centre San Vidal - Scoletta San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy.

2015 -6th - 31st July - 'THE OMEGA 3d'- (Solo exhibition) - The Alley Theatre/Arts Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone

2014 – September, ‘Little Kingdoms’, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.

2014 -'Enniskillen Visual Arts Open' international exhibition, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre,Co. Fremanagh. 11th September 2014 - 11th October.

2014 - 'Signal Open' Exhibition, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co.Wicklow - 6th - 17th August.

2011/13 - '1st - 3rd Splash Art Festival' Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios, Dublin (Invited Artist)

2013 – September 19th – 23rd October – ‘Ireland in our eyes’, London Irish Centre, Camden Sq, London.

2013 – “Clouds” – International Exhibition Of Contemporary Art - August (2013) - Centro Storico /The Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy.

2013 – July 25th - Sept' 10th - 2013 - ‘The Story of the Creative’, (invited artist) See | Exhibition space, 26-19 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 New York.

2013 – ‘Awakenings Reloaded’ - Market House Arts Centre, Monaghan Town. (Arts Council Ireland and Monaghan Co. Council) (Solo show)

2011/12/13 -THE SCOOP Contemporary art exhibition. Mealy's/Centre for Creative Practices.

2011 – 'Harvest' – Hive Gallery and Studios – Waterford – Open Submission.

2011 – 'Pink Pink Pink' - Mad Art gallery and Studios-Dublin- Open submission.

2011 – 'Masters Exhibition' - De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. (Solo show)

2009 - Gallery Show – Henry Gilmore Gallery - Belfast.

2007 - ’08 - Group Show - Art Upstairs - Rosslare.

2006 - ‘07 - Salon Exhibition - Montserrat Gallery of Contemporary Art - New York.

2006 - "Awakenings (The Alpha)" - Art upstairs Gallery - Wexford festival opera (Solo Show)

2006 - " Summer group show - Clifden art gallery Galway

2005 - " Christmas/Summer Show" - OS/B Gallery Enniskerry

2005 - “Summer show” - Kennedy Gallery Dublin

2002/04 - "Eigse - Carlow arts festival - open selection.

2003 - "East meets West" Invited artist Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan.

2001 - "Wexford Opera Festival" - Wexford Arts Centre (Invited Artist) (2 person show).

2001 - "Group Show" - Taylor Gallery Belfast.

2001 - "Scenes before the eye" Agora Gallery (2 person show) Broadway, Manhattan, New York.

2000 - "Comhairle Bhaile Cheanntair" (solo show) (Public works) Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

2000 - "CELTIC CONNECTIONS" - (The Arts Council Ireland.) (A Welsh/ Irish exchange exhibition of four short listed artists) Fishguard Wales.

1999 – ‘Round About’ Gorey Summer Fair (Solo Exhibition)

1998 - "Award winners exhibition" (Wexford arts centre, sponsored by Lions club and Arts Council Ireland.) (Solo Show)

1997 - 2000 - “Lions Club exhibition “(Arts Centre Wexford)

1997 - “Group show” (Watch house Gallery Enniscorthy)

1996 - "Opera festival show” Wexford Arts Centre- Solo Exhibition-(Sponsored by Guinness Ireland and The Arts council Ireland)

1995 - "Christmas show" (2 man show) (Woodland arts and crafts gallery Gorey)

1995 - 2005 - "Wexford showcase" (Arts centre Wexford)

1995 - "Art with a view" (Wexford Co. Council. A short listed exhibition of six artists)

1994 - "Monaghan Artists" (Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan)

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