Famous Irish Artists & Painters

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Yvonne McGuinness
(Irish Visual Artist)
Yvonne McGuinness
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Birthdate: October 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kilkenny, Ireland
Irish visual artist Yvonne McGuinness is renowned for her video installations and prints. Most of her art works revolve around themes of conflict between revealing and hiding one’s true self. She has also made several short films, such as Charlie's Place. She is married to Irish actor Cillian Murphy.
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Neil Harbisson
(Cyborg Artist Known for Being the First Person in the World With an Antenna Implanted in His Skull)
Neil Harbisson
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Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mataró, Spain

Neil Harbisson is a cyborg artist best known for implanting an antenna in his skull. He is the first person in the world to do so. He gained international prominence after he was legally recognized by the government as a cyborg. An influential activist for transpecies rights, Neil Harbisson co-founded the Cyborg Foundation in 2010. The organization defends cyborg rights.

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Grace Gifford
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Birthdate: March 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 13, 1955

Immortalized in the Irish ballad Grace, Irish cartoonist Grace Gifford was a regular contributor to many reputed publications such as The Irish Review. She was part of the Republican movement and married her lover Joseph Plunkett just hours before he was killed by firing squad for his invoolvement in the Easter Rising.

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Michael Craig-Martin
(Sculptor, Painter, University teacher)
Michael Craig-Martin
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Birthdate: August 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin
Irish-born conceptual artist Michael Craig-Martin has created everything from sculptures and paintings to neon artwork and wall drawings. His best-known work was An Oak Tree, which consisted of a glass of water and piece of text. A fine art professor, he is also a mentor to the Young British Artists.
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Patricia Cockburn
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Birthdate: March 17, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosscarbery, Ireland
Died: October 4, 1989

Known for books such as Figure of Eight, Patricia Cockburn was not just an author but also an avid traveler and conchologist. She was also associated with publications such as The Evening Standard and The Week, and became an artist of shell pictures in her later life.

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Sean Scully
(Painter)
Sean Scully
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Birthdate: June 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Best known for his abstract paintings composed of geometrical forms, Irish-born British artist Sean Scully is now based in the US. He worked as a laborer and a truck loader while he trained in art. A former Harvard fellow, he later became the first Western artist to with a career-tracking retrospective in China.

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Gottfried Helnwein
(Austrian-Irish Visual Artist Known for His Photorealistic Paintings of Disturbing Subject Matter)
Gottfried Helnwein
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Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Born in Austria, contemporary visual artist Gottfried Helnwein later bought a castle in Cologne, where he worked, and then moved to Ireland, where he bought another castle and transformed it into his studio. His hyper-realistic performance art and installations, known as Aktions, reflect grim themes such as the Holocaust.

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George Moore
(Irish Novelist Known for His Work ‘Confessions of a Young Man’ and ‘Esther Waters’)
George Moore
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Birthdate: February 24, 1852
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moore Hall, Ireland
Died: January 21, 1933

Irish author George Moore had initially aspired to be a painter and had even traveled to Paris to study the art. However, he soon ditched painting and devoted himself to writing instead. His novels, such as A Modern Lover, showed how much he was inspired by French realism.

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Edward Gordon Craig
(Actor, Director, Illustrator, Scenographer, Painter)
Edward Gordon Craig
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Birthdate: January 16, 1872
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stevenage
Died: July 29, 1966

An illegitimate child of architect Edward Godwin and actor Ellen Terry, Edward Gordon Craig later grew up to be one of the pillars of modernist English theater. While he began his career acting at the Lyceum Theatre, he later switched to set designing. The Art of the Theatre remains his best-known written work.

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Jack Butler Yeats
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Birthdate: August 29, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 28, 1957
Son of painter John Butler Yeats and brother of poet W. B. Yeats, Jack Butler Yeats was an Irish artist who included elements of Celtic mythology and landscapes in his art and thus redefined romanticism and nationalism following the Irish War of Independence. His later paintings drew from Expressionism.
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Stacia
(Visual artist)
Stacia
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Birthdate: December 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ireland

Part of the rock band Hawkwind in the 1970s, Stacia Blake, better known as Stacia, is now a popular visual artist in Ireland. Known for her bold dance routines with the band, Stacia often went topless for her performances. Towering over 6 feet, she was also said to be bisexual.

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John Lavery
(Painter)
John Lavery
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Birthdate: March 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: January 10, 1941

A major figure of the Glasgow school of painting, Irish painter John Lavery is remembered for his realism in his portraits, landscapes, and war paintings. Though made the official artist for World War I, health issues prevented him from fulfilling the role. He was, nevertheless, knighted for his achievements.

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Sir William Orpen
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Birthdate: November 27, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stillorgan, Ireland
Died: September 29, 1931

Best remembered for his portraits, Irish artist Sir William Orpen was an official war artist for Britain during World War I and the official artist of the Paris Peace Conference. His initial paintings were largely inspired by Realist artist Édouard Manet. Though knighted later, he was posthumously criticized as flimsy.

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Jim Fitzpatrick
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Birthdate: December 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Best known for his legendary red-and-black portrait of Marxist leader Che Guevara, which became a symbol of leftist revolution worldwide, Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick had also met the legend as a teenager. Fitzpatrick has been highly influenced by Celtic artwork. He has also released several books on art.

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Guggi
(Artist)
Guggi
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Birthdate: May 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Part of the avant-garde movement, Irish artist Derek Rowen, better known as Guggi, had initially performed as part of the post-punk band The Virgin Prunes. He later focused on art and became known for his abstract paintings of bowls and vessels. He has also held exhibitions in the US, Germany, and Monaco.

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John Butler Yeats
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Birthdate: March 16, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lawrencetown, County Down, Ireland
Died: February 3, 1922

Better known as the father of legendary Irish poet W.B. Yeats, John Butler Yeats was a talented painter in his own right. Initially a barrister, he later studied art formally and focused on painting but failed to sell his works and eventually died in a boarding house.

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Kevin Sharkey
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Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Born to a Nigerian father and an Irish mother, Kevin Sharkey was adopted and later raised in a foster home, where he witnessed abuse. Initially a dance prodigy, he took to painting as a therapy for abuse. The openly bisexual artist has held successful global exhibitions and has also dabbled in politics.

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Paul Kane
(Painter)
Paul Kane
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Birthdate: September 3, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mallow, Ireland
Died: February 20, 1871

Irish-Canadian painter Paul Kane was known for his paintings of subjects ranging from Native Americans, missionaries, and landscapes, and his attention to detail, especially the jewelry and attire of his subjects. Specializing in portraits, he also later released Wanderings of an Artist, which was a collection of his travel experiences.

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Mario Rosenstock
(Actor, Comedian and Impressionist)
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Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Apart from being a talented comedian and impressionist, Mario Rosenstock is also a skilled musician. Known for the Irish radio comedy show Gift Grub, he had mimicked everyone from Colin Farrell to Roy Keane. While he has performed in various musical plays, his musical parodies have topped the Irish charts.

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Katherine Plunket
(Aristocrat)
Katherine Plunket
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Birthdate: November 22, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kilsaran, County Louth, Ireland
Died: October 14, 1932

At the time of her death at age 111, Katherine Plunket became Ireland’s oldest person to have ever existed. Born into Irish aristocracy, Plunket was the granddaughter of the first Baron Plunket. She was also well-traveled and was known for her botanical illustrations, collected in Wild Flowers from Nature.

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Stella Steyn
(Artist)
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Birthdate: December 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 21, 1987

Irish artist Stella Steyn initially studied art in Paris and later at the Bauhaus. She provided illustrations for James Joyce’s novel Finnegans Wake and is remembered for her depictions of the female body and her still lifes, partifcularly flowers. She was practically forgotten in Ireland long time till the late`1990s.

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Evie Hone
(Painter, Stained-glass artist)
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Birthdate: April 22, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Roebuck Grove, County Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 13, 1955

While she initially studied painting, artist Evie Hone later switched to stained glass art. Her works exhibit a strong influence of Cubism. My Four Green Fields remains her best-known work, though she received multiple commissions, including the Chapel at Eton College. She also co-founded the Irish Exhibition of Living Art.

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William Mulready
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Birthdate: April 1, 1786
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ennis, Ireland
Died: July 7, 1863

Remembered for his depictions of rural life, Irish painter William Mulready had initially gained fame for his still-life paintings and was then inspired by Dutch painters to paint detailed narratives. He also designed the Mulready stationery, including the first postage envelopes and lettersheets in Britain.

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Roderic O'Connor
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Birthdate: October 17, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Castleplunket, Ireland
Died: March 18, 1940

Irish painter Roderic O'Connor was part of the Pont-Aven movement and spent much of his professional life in Paris, frequenting artist hubs such as the Chat Blanc restaurant and networking with artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. He is remembered as a major figure of the impressionist and post-impressionist styles.

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Charles Jervas
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Birthdate: 1675 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 2, 1739

Eighteenth-century Irish painter Charles Jervas lived most of his life in England and was best known for his portraits. His subjects included intellectuals and literary figures such as Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift. He had also penned a translation of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, which was published posthumously.

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Shane Berkery
(Contemporary artist)
Shane Berkery
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Birthdate: April 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Japan
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John Luke
(Artist)
John Luke
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Birthdate: January 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belfast
Died: February 4, 1975

Known for his figurative paintings and landscapes, artist John Luke incorporated the style of Regionalism in his art. While he initially worked in a shipyard and a mill, an art scholarship changed his life. The Road to the West and The Three Dancers remain two of his best-known works.

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Samuel Lover
(Irish Songwriter, Composer, Painter and Novelist)
Samuel Lover
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Birthdate: February 24, 1797
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grafton Street, Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 6, 1868

Reluctant to work at his father’s stockbroking firm, Samuel Lover fled to become a poet, novelist, songwriter, and painter. Known for his miniature portraits and his songs such as Rory O’More, he is also said to have introduced the precursor of the stage Irishman stock character in the novel Handy Andy.

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Myra Kathleen Hughes
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Birthdate: 1877 AD
Birthplace: Wexford, County Wexford, Ireland
Died: 1918 AD

Renowned etcher and engraver Myra Kathleen Hughes became one of the first women to be part of the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers. She had exhibited her works at the Paris Salon and the Royal Academy and is remembered for her topographical etchings.

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Nathaniel Hone the Elder
(Miniature painter, and one of the founder members of the Royal Academy in 1768)
Nathaniel Hone the Elder
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Birthdate: April 24, 1718
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin
Died: August 14, 1784

Apart co-establishing the Royal Academy, Nathaniel Hone the Elder made a name for himself as a master painter of miniatures and portraits. Born into a Dutch family in Dublin, he spent most of his professional life in London. His controversial painting The Conjurer was viewed as an attack on Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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Nathaniel Hone the Younger
(Irish painter, the great-grand-nephew of the painter Nathaniel Hone)
Nathaniel Hone the Younger
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Birthdate: October 26, 1831
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 14, 1917

Though initially a railway engineer, Irish-born Nathaniel Hone the Younger later moved to Paris to study art. For a while, he stayed at the Barbizon artists’ colony in the forest of Fontainebleau and also traveled widely around France. Known for his farm settings in his art, he also founded a golf club.

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Harry Kernoff
(Former genre-painter whose work was part of the painting event in the art competition at the 1928 Summer Olympics)
Harry Kernoff
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Birthdate: January 9, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 25, 1974