John O'Leary (1929 - 1999) 


Born, Cork City Ireland ; 1929


Studied Fine Art at Crawford School of Art, Cork City; 1954 - 1957.

1957-58; Gibson Bequest Scholarship to study Art in Paris, France.



           S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S


2005                Hidden Sources, Photography, Sligo Art Gallery

2002                John O'Leary (1929 - 1999) Retrospective,

                        Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Sligo Art Gallery,

                        Model Arts & Niland Gallery, Sligo

1999                Irish Mist, Images from Ireland, Photography, Dublin School, Barcelona, Spain

1994                Recent Works, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

1991                Sligo - Landscape of memories; New Paintings & Drawings,

                        Sligo Art Gallery, Galway Arts Centre,

                        Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, Kilkenny People's Gallery

1989                New Painitngs & Drawings, Dolan -Moore Gallery, Athlone

1988                Lavit Gallery, Cork

1986                Bank of Ireland, Sligo

1985                Photography, Sligo Arts Festival

1964                Little Theatre, Cork

1962                Imperial Hotel, Cork

1961                Dublin Painter's Gallery, St. Stepans Green, Dublin


             S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S 


2020                   The Gibson Bequest, At home and away; Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

2019                  To have and to hold, 60th anniversary of the Niland Art Collection, The Model, Sligo

2018                  National University Galway Art Collection, Irish Embassy, Paris  France 

2015                  A Shared Vision, The Model Centre, Sligo

2009                 John  O'Leary, In Retrospect,  Lavit Gallery, Cork

2007                 Ballinglen Foundation; The First 15 Years, 

                         Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

2005                 Realism & Modernism in Irish Art, (1900 - 1990), 

                         Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork

2000                 The O'Leary Family, John, Caitriona & Cormac, Lavit Gallery, Cork

1999                 Music, Sligo Art Gallery

                         A Platter of Art, Lavit Gallery, Cork

1998                 On Board, Sligo Art Gallery

1997                 Source to Sea, Lavit Gallery, Cork

1996                 Academy without walls, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (Invited Artist)

1995                 John O'Leary / Margaret O'Sullivan, Ballydehob, County Cork

                         Generation, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

                         Cruinniu, Sligo Art Gallery

                         1,2,3 O'Leary, Carroll Gallery, Longford

1994                 Art & Craft, Expressions of Contemporary Ireland,

                         Philadelphia Art Alliance, USA

1993                 30th Anniversary Show, Lavit Gallery, Cork

1990 / 91 / 93   Iontas, National Small Works Open Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery (toured)

1990 / 91           Drawings, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin

1990                  Southern Artists, lavit Gallery, Cork

1989                  John O'Leary & Robert Stewart, Sligo Art Gallery

1988-99            CASe, Lavit Gallery, Cork

1986                 John O'Leary & Sean McSweeney, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

1987                 SADE, Sculpture and Drawing Exhibition, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

1984                 Cork Painters, Lavit Gallery, Cork

1986-89           Western Artists, Kenny Gallery, Galway

1986 - 90         Claremorris Open, Mayo

1966                 Irish Ecclesiastical Art, Dublin

1965                 Obair '65, Cork

1964 / 66           Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin

1964                 Two Painters, John Teahon & John O'Leary, Lavit Gallery, Cork

1963                 College Gallery Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

1954 - 60         Munster Fine Art Exhibitions, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork 


               S E L E C T E D    B I B L I O G R A P H Y


2002       John O'Leary, (1929 - 1999) ; A Retrospective.

               Text by Peter Murray, Caitriona O'Leary, Julian Campbell.

                (Gandon Editions, 2002) 

 1991      Sligo - A Landscape of Memories, Text by Terry Barry, Ronan MacEvilly

               (Sligo Art Gallery publication)  



          C O L L E C T I O N S   


  Arbutus Lodge Hotel, Cork

  The Modern Art Collection, University College Cork

  Ballinglen Archive,  County Mayo

  Crawford Municipal Art Collection, Cork

  Model Arts & Niland Collection, Sligo

  Office of Public Works

  Trinity College, Dublin

  Represented in private collections in Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Germany, and the USA.       







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