ABOUT THE ARTIST

"I see myself as a figurative painter in the European tradition, attempting to maintain my craft at the highest level, using paint to explore issues of truth, meaning and value. All my paintings are attempted answers to the three questions in the title of Gauguin’s famous painting: ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’" - Conor Walton

“These paintings are exquisite, not simply for their masterful technique but for their intriguing and provocative content as well. This is the art that is destined to shift the paradigm for artistic canon in the 21st century. It takes more than virtuous craftsmanship, it takes well informed innovative ideas to make great artworks. Conor is just the type of innovative thinker we need to take fine art where it must to go for the future. His artwork is insightful, philosophically astute, beautifully rendered and culturally relevant in the contemporary era. Conor's paintings are politically conscious without falling into the pitfalls of propaganda or sanctimony. Finally, a talented representational painter who actually comprehends 20th century art history, knows how to deploy it without glib appropriations and who can create work that is neither cliche nor derivative. Salute to Conor Walton, a painter for the ages!”
- Joseph Bravo (art-historian, critic, curator, Director of the Centro de Artes, Texas A&M University, San Antonio, USA).

"Concentration of thought, paralleled by dedication to skill in composition and the application of paint, was central to the development of Conor Walton's output during these years ... and led to his outstanding, and outstandingly successful, solo exhibition in March 1999 in Dublin.
I spoke about him on that occasion, warmly commending the intensity of his vision, the intellectual authority of his conception, and the richness of his output. He is loaded with promise, burdened with an excess of what, in the seventeenth century, was a term of admiration - conceit."
- Bruce Arnold (writer, critic and art-historian)

"Walton, who studied in Florence and enjoys an international reputation, is steeped in the classical tradition, has perfected the grand style but he is also a thoroughly modern artist; the work is informed by a contemporary intellectual sensibility." - Niall MacMonagle (critic, Sunday Independent)

 

       

1970

Born in Dublin, Ireland
1993 BA (Joint Honours Degree in the History of Art and Fine Art), NCAD, Dublin
1995 MA in Art History and Theory, University of Essex, UK (awarded with distinction)
1995-6   Studied painting and old-master techniques in Florence, Italy, with Charles H. Cecil
Conor lives and works in Wicklow with Jane Carney and their three children, Daniel, Ciarán and Caoimhe.
 

Awards

Third Prize, Still Life Category, International ARC Salon (2014-2015)

Finalist and sitter's choice, Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014, Dublin heat.

Portrait Ireland 2005 Major Award,
Newtownbarry House Gallery (2005)

Shortlisted, BP Portrait Award,
National Portrait Gallery, London (2005)

Third Prize `Lorenzo Il Magnifico' for Painting,
Florence Biennale (1999)

Don Niccolo D'Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal (1997)

Keating McLoughlin Medal awarded by the ESB (1997)

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Canada, Scholarship (1994)

Royal Dublin Society Taylor Art Bequest,
First Prize (1993)
 

Solo Exhibitions
 
2015 The Enemies of Progress
CK Contemporary, San Francisco, USA
2015 La Figure Humaine
Galerie L’Oeil du Prince, Paris, France
2013 Vanitas
Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2013 Elements
Beaux Arts Bath, UK
2012 Allegories of Painting
Dunamaise Arts Centre, Ireland
2012 Allegories of Painting
Galleri PAN, Oslo, Norway
2011 Allegories of Painting
Galleri Nexus, Denmark
2010 New Paintings
Beaux Arts Bath, UK
2009 Landscape and Still Life
Jorgensen Fine Art, Ireland
2006 Philosophical Paintings
Jorgensen Fine Art, Ireland
2003 New Work
Jorgensen Fine Art, Ireland
2003 Shelter Portraits
Jorgensen Fine Art, Ireland
1999 Conor Walton
Jorgensen Fine Art, Ireland
Selected Group Exhibitions
 
2015

Beaux Arts Bath @ The Affordable Art Fair, London
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon, Ireland
Wexford Opera Festival Exhibition
, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
Galerie L'Oeil du Prince @ ST-ART Art Fair, Strasbourg, France.

2014 Beaux Arts Bath @ The Affordable Art Fair, London
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
Dublin Biennial 2014, CHQ Building, Dublin.
Objects of Beauty, CK Contemporary, San Francisco USA.
Peppercanister Gallery @ VUE Art Fair, Dublin
Winter Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
2013 Janus, Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin.
Beaux Arts Bath @ The Affordable Art Fair, London
The Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
The Art of Sublimity
, Aughrim Arts Festival, Ireland.
Galerie L'Oeil du Prince, Paris, France.
Wexford Opera Festival Exhibition
, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
2012 Christmas Exhibition, Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin.
CK Contemporary at the Miami Art Fair
, Miami Beach, USA.
Wexford Opera Festival Exhibition
, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
Travelling Exhibition, Galleri PAN, Geilo & Stavanger, Norway.
Group Exhibition, Windsor Fine Art, New Orleans, USA.
Dublin Biennial, Point Village, Dublin.
Group Exhibition, CK Contemporary, San Francisco, USA.
Apokalips, Grattacielo Pirelli, Milan, Italy.
Postcards from a Small Island, Beaux Arts Bath, Avon, UK.
12 X 4, Gormleys, Belfast.
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
 
Beaux Arts Bath @ The Affordable Art Fair, London
2011 La Situazione, Spazio Giuccardini, Milan, Italy.
The Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Nude – Blatant Exhibitionism, Kenny Gallery, Galway.
Level, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.
Life Room, Bourn Vincent Gallery, University College Limerick.
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
Beaux Arts Bath @ The Affordable Art Fair, London
2010 The Myth of the True, Palazzo Litta, Milan, Italy.
The Guardians of the Spirit, Castello di San Leo, Italy.
30th Anniversary Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath, Avon, UK.
Level, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.
The Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Kitch Biennale 2010, Palazzo Cini Gallery, Venice, Italy.
Julesalong, Gallery Pan, Oslo, Norway.
Christmas Exhibition, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
2009 Best of BP Portrait Painters, The A Gallery, London.
Mick O’Dea Selects, Lavit Gallery, Cork.
CASe, Lavit Gallery, Cork.
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
The Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
Summer Exhibition, Newtownbarry House Gallery, Wexford.
Wexford Opera Festival Exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
Christmas Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath, Avon, UK.
Christmas Exhibition
, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
2008 Spring Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art (also 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2007).
Kitch Biennale 2008
, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich,
Germany.
Summer Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art (also 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004).
Summer Exhibition, Newtownbarry House Gallery, Wexford.
CASe, Lavit Gallery, Cork.
Christmas Exhibition, Beaux Arts Bath, Avon, UK.
2007 Christmas Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art (also 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005).
Group Exhibition, Killarney Art Gallery.
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
Summer Exhibition, Mellerstain House, Berwickshire, UK.
Artists of Fame and Promise, Beaux Arts Bath, Avon, UK.
New Realism, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.
2006 Highlights of the Taylor Art Prize, 1878 – 2005, National Gallery of Ireland.
Mirror Image, Artonomy, Cornwall, UK.
2005 Portrait Ireland 2005, Newtownbarry House Gallery, Wexford.
The Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
BP Portrait Award 2005, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
The Irish Show, Wykeham Gallery, Hampshire, UK
2004 RHA Banquet Show, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin (also 1997).
The Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.
RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
Additions 2004, National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick
2001 RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
2000 Florence Biennale in Dublin, Ashford Gallery, Dublin
1999 Florence Biennale, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italy.
1998 RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
1997 RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
1996 Two Touches, Three Tastes, Ormond Gallery, Dublin.
NCAD Drawing 250, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
Oireachtas Exhibition, Guinness Hops Store, Dublin (also 1994).
1993 Taylor Exhibition, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin.
NCAD Degree Show, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.
  

Public Collections

Archdiocese of Dublin, the Boyle Civic Collection, Club na Muinteoirí, Dublin Dental Hospital, the Electricity Supply Board, the Humanist Association of Ireland, the Irish Defence Forces, Maynooth College, the National Library of Ireland, the National Self-Portrait Collection (University of Limerick), The Office of Public Works, An Post, The Royal Dublin Society, St Patrick's Cathedral (Dublin), St Patrick's College Cavan, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin

Conor’s commissioned portraits can be found in many public and private collections, and his work has featured on book covers and postage stamps in Ireland and abroad.

Select Bibliography

Conor Walton, 'The Enemies of Progress', Artists on Art Magazine, Fall edition, 2015

Conor Walton, 'The Painter as Medium', Artists on Art Magazine, Fall edition, 2014

'Contemplating Higher Things'
Interview with John Seed, Huffington Post
(USA edition), 1 September 2014.

'Access to Incandescence', Interview with Andres Orlowski, Combustus Magazine, 23 May 2014.

Niall MacMonagle, 'Black Hole',
Sunday Independent, 24 November 2013.

"This is a great time to be a cultural pessimist"
Interview with Conor Walton, Penduline Press,
15 June 2013.

Jane Humphries, 'Elements', Irish Arts Review, Winter edition 2012/13

Conor Walton 'Under Wraps',
Artists & Illustrators, London, October 2012

Conor Walton, 'Paintologically Speaking',
The Painting Imperative, Autumn edition 2012

Sarah E. Fensom, 'Contemporary Still Life',
Art & Antiques, New York, October 2011

Lise-Lotte Blom, 'Conor Walton – en fascinerende irsk maler',
Kunstavisen, 21 October 2011 (Danish)

Kjeld Thomsen, 'Alt und Neu, Neu Verpackt: Irischer Künstler in der Uker Galerie', Der Nordschleswiger, 1 October 2011 (German)

Jana Koroczynsky, 'Conor Walton', Kultura, 25 November 2010 (Polish)

Paolo Lesino, 'Lo Spirito del Guardiano',
‘I Guardiani dello Spirito’, Milan, 2010 (Italian)

Barry Egan, ‘I’d rather be up a mountain than in the museums’,
Sunday Independent, 8 March 2009

Martin Murphy, 'Irish Artist Reinvigorates Vanitas Genre',
Epoch Times, New York, 26 February 2009

Gemma Tipton, 'Surfaces and Truths', catalogue essay for Conor Walton: Landscape and Still Life, Jorgensen Fine Art 2009

John Burns, 'Sold!' Red Rock Press, Dublin 2008

Gemma Tipton, 'You’ve Been Framed',
Irish Times, 1 December 2007

Kate Holmquist, 'Splashing Out', Irish Times,
9 December 2006

Irish Independent, 'A Slice of a Century of Winning Art', 8 July 2006

Aidan Dunne, 'Best to Ease off on the Symbolism',
Irish Times, 28 June 2006

Conor Walton, 'Philosophical Paintings',
Jorgensen Fine Art, 2006

Meg Walker (ed.), ‘Emerging Artists’,
The Buyer’s Guide to Irish Art 2005

Frances Childs, 'Back to Life',
London Telegraph, 3 September 2005

Sherna Noah, 'A Monkey Does the Business in Prized Portrait Gallery', Sunday Independent, 1 May 2005

Dalya Alberge, 'Gorilla Apes Sitters on Art Shortlist',
London Times, 30 April 2005

Arifa Akbar, Record Entry List for BP Portrait Prize',
London Independent, 30 April, 2005

Declan McCormack, 'Kerry Lovers and a Gung-ho Pagan',
Sunday Independent, 13 April 2003

Ib Jorgensen, 'Art Investment can be Picture Perfect Move',
Sunday Independent, 24 November 2002

John O’Riordan, 'A Progress Report on the Artistic Career of Conor Walton', MA Thesis, UCD, 2002

Bruce Arnold, ‘Conor Walton’, New European Artists, ed. E. Lucie Smith, Amsterdam, 2001

Ciara Ferguson, 'Irish artists pick up the prizes at Italian show',
Sunday Independent, 9 January 2000

Aidan Dunne, 'Charts for a Way Forward',
Irish Times, 7 April 1999

Declan McCormack, 'Solitary Enshrinement',
Sunday Independent, 28 March 1999

Mary O’Sullivan, 'The Italian Connection',
Sunday Independent, 29 November 1998

   
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