Welcome to the website of Irish Artist John O'Leary (1929 - 1999) 

                                                                                       Self Portrait, 1964

                                                                            Oil on Board

                                                                            22 x 18 ins / 56 x 46 cm.


John O'Leary (1929 - 1999) born in Cork City, Ireland, was a much respected Irish Artist and Art Teacher.  From the 1950's onwards, he exhibited his work in Ireland and abroad, developing a unique abstract style, steeped in the Irish landscape, but also embracing the modernist 'School of Paris' style of  Cezanne, Van Gogh and Matisse.

During a teaching career of fifty years he inspired many generations of Irish Artists. In the 1980's he began to experiment with photography and soon developed another outlet for his vision. 

He was the subject of a major Retrospective exhibition in 2002, at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork City, Ireland. 

Current News;

John O'Leary's Painting 'An Chrinniu, Aran,' c.1964

from the NUI Galway Art Collection

is included in a group of artworks to be exhibited

at the Irish Embassy in Paris, France from 2016 to 2017.

Shared Visions @ The Model Centre, Sligo; Opened Feb 2015

- Works from the Centre's famous Niland Collection including John O'Leary's painting 'Song for Orla'  (Circa 1970's). The Exhibition will run for 15 months.

A catalogue Raisonne of John O'Leary's artwork is ongoing, any information on his paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture, particularly his work from the 1950's and 60's would be greatly appreciated. (See Contact)     






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