Biography


Born in 1961, Donagh Carey is a native of West Cork, Ireland.  He moved to Dublin in 1979 where he worked in advertising as an illustrator and graphic designer for 20 years. He has also lived and worked in Canada, England, France and Spain.

In 2008, he returned to West Cork, where he completed a four year DIT Visual Arts degree course.  Freed from the commercial restraints of the past, he works almost exclusively in oil paint and the focus of his work is often immersed in his locality that is the environment and its historical context.  The rural landscape and its relationship with its inhabitants, both ancient and contemporary, is frequently referenced.  Donagh's home faces out to the Atlantic Ocean 100 metres away and inevitably  his work acknowledges the ever changing state of the sea and land in light and weather.

The epic and ongoing series of 'Skellig' paintings explores the hardship and endurance of monks who created a habitat and way of living on the hostile landscape of Skellig Michael Island, off the coast of Kerry.

Donagh Carey has been the Visual Arts Co-ordinator  for the Skibbereen Arts Festival since 2013 and is a board member of Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen.  He became a curator of the Blue House Gallery, Schull in 2017                          


Exhibitions


  • 2017 'New Work', Two Artist Show, The Aisling Gallery

  • 2017 'From Schull To Skibbereen', Group Show, Skibbereen Arts Festival

  • 2017 'Three Towers', Solo Show, Blue House Gallery

  • 2017 'Facing West', Group Show, Boyle Arts Centre

  • 2017 'Islands', Group Show, Blue House Gallery

  • 2017 'Interiors', Group Show, Blue House Gallery

  • 2017 'Skelligs, Solitude', Solo Show, Lennons @ VISUAL, Carlow

  • 2016 'MÓR - An Exhibition Of Large Paintings', Group Show, Skibbereen Arts Festival

  • 2016 'Take 3', Group Show, The Aisling Gallery, Ballydehob

  • 2016 'Landscape' Group Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull

  • 2016 'The History Show' Group Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull

  • 2015 'VUE 2015' with Catherine Hammond Gallery, RHA Gallery, Dublin

  • 2015 Dublin Gallery Weekend Artist's Talk 'Skelligs - From Sea To Summit' Origin Gallery, Dublin

  • 2015 'New Work',  Group Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull

  • 2015 ‘Mixed Media’ Group Show, Skibbereen Arts Festival, opened by Robert Ballagh

  • 2015 'Maritime' Group Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull                                                                                 

  • 2015 'Skelligs - From Sea to Summit' Solo Show, Origin Gallery, Dublin, opened by Nial O Donoghue, Dept of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht                                                                                                    

  • 2015 Three Artist Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull

  • 2015 'Gallery Artist', Group Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull

  • 2014 ‘Mixed Media’ Group Show, Skibbereen Arts Festival

  • 2014 Three Artist Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull

  • 2014 Group Show, Blue House Gallery, Schull

  • 2014 ‘The Road Home' Group Show, Residence Members Club, St. Stephen's Green, Dublin                

  • 2013 ‘Seanachi’ Group Show, also Curator, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Kerry, opened by Maurice O’Connell

  • 2013 ‘Mixed Media’ Group Show, Skibbereen Arts Festival

  • 2012 ‘Ascension’ Solo Show, Origin Gallery, Dublin

  • 2012 Solo Show, Ballinskelligs Abbey, Kerry

  • 2012 Group Show, The Grainstore Gallery Schull

  • 2012 'Out There" Graduate Exhibition, West Cork Arts Centre

  • 2012 'Entrophy and Relic' Degree Show, Sherkin Abbey, Sherkin Island

  • 2012 'Museum of Miniature', Group Show, Skibbereen Arts Festival

  • 2011 'Pier to Pier' Group Show, also co-curator, Skibbereen Arts Festival

  • 2011 Group show, The Grainstore Gallery Schull

  • 2011 ‘Inspiration’ Four Artist Show, Urban Retreat Gallery, Grand Canal Basin, Dublin opened by Minister for Arts, Jimmy Deenihan

  • 2009 Group Show, The Grainstore Gallery, Schull

Donagh Carey's work is on show in public and private collections, including the OPW.