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Conor Walton in PO•RO•S Museum

December 23, 2017

'International Surrealism Now', an exhibition of surrealist artwork from around the world, including 'One Giant Leap' by Conor, opened in Portugal's Roman Museum in Sico on December 23. The show runs until January 31, 2018


Conor Walton judges international talent contest in Dubai.

15-16 December 2017

Living Talent's 'Masterpiece 2017' contest took place at Dubai's Festival City, with young competitors from all over the world. Conor Walton was among the judges, along with artists Adam Miller (USA) and Renu Khera (India), actors Irrfan Khan and Richa Chadda (India), dancer Lauren Gottleib (USA), DJ RJ Naved (India), singer Sophia Charaï (France), rapper Ishq Bector (Canada), tech entrepreneurs Roopam Sharma and Mayur Ramgir (India).

The competition will be broadcast at a future date.

Below right: Conor with judges Adam Miller and Renu Khera


Conor Walton at Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, LA
2 Dec 2017

Poets & Artists' Group Show opened at Arcadia Contemporary on December 2nd and included a major new work by Conor Walton: 'The New Religion' (oil on linen, 72 x 48 inches).

The show was curated by art historian John Seed and featured work by top American figurative painters, including Bo Bartlett, F Scott Hess, Lee Price, Aleah Chapin, Susannah Martin and Carl Dobsky.

The complete list of exhibitors:

Jamie Adams
Erin Anderson
Bo Bartlett
Aleah Chapin
Carl Dobsky
Michelle Doll
Anne Harris
F Scott Hess
Jason John
David Jon Kassan
Daniel Maidman
Susannah Martin
Dan McCleary
Kimberly Merrill
Ricky Mujica
Serena Potter
Lee Price
Irvin Rodriguez
Bradford J. Salamon
Vic Selbach
Betty Shelton
Cynthia Sitton
Jon Swihart
Michael Van Zeyl
Nick Ward
Peter Zokosky

Right: Joseph Bravo and 'The New Religion' at Arcadia Contemporary


Conor Walton gives painting demonstration at LCAD

1 December 2017

Conor's four-hour still life demo was well attended at Laguna College of Art and Design, at Laguna Beach in Southern California. LCAD is recognised as one of the top American colleges for figurative art. His demo piece will be awarded to an LCAD student for outstanding achievement in the forthcoming year.

'Rapt & Unwrapped' opens at Chimera Gallery

14 November 2017

Conor Walton's exhibition of still lifes 'Rapt and Unwrapped' was received warmly at the Chimera Gallery in Mullingar. The show was opened by art-historian and former museum director Ciarán McGonigal, and sold out on opening night.

Conor teaches drawing at RHA School
20 September 2017

Once again Conor has been invited back to teach at the Royal Hibernian Academy School. This class focused on drawing still life using the sight-size method.

Other classes in the series were taught by Colin Martin RHA (School Principal), Blaise Smith RHA, Una Sealy RHA, Sahoko Blake, James Hanley RHA and Joe Dunne RHA.


'Bread and Butter Paintings' opens at Gormleys

7 September 2017

Conor's exhibition of small still life paintings opened to acclaim at Gormleys Fine Art in Dublin, and was reviewed by Cristin Leach in the Sunday Times.

Middle right: Conor Walton with Robert Ballagh at the opening (Daniel Walton in background).

Bottom right: Al Freney and Gillian Kavanagh at the opening.


'Far Out' at Galleri Nexus, Denmark

2 September 2017

Conor Walton's work featured in an international exhibition of science-fiction inspired art curated by Eskild Beck at Galleri Nexus in Tinglev, Denmark. Artists from Denmark, Germany, UK, Canada and USA also perticipated.


Conor Walton's work features in 'International Surrealism Now' curated by Santiago Ribiero at the Palace of Mafra, Portugal, July-August 2017


Conor Walton Summer School launched

July 24 - 28, 2017

A five-day figure painting workshop launched the Conor Walton Summer School, with students travelling from far and wide to work and stay with Conor in Wicklow. Eric Johnson from

"This was a great week for me, with a wonderful group of ten students who balanced total commitment to their work with a great spirit of fun. It was such a pleasure to fill the house (almost to overflowing!) with so much life and enthusiasm! Now that everyone has left I'm feeling exhausted, but I will cherish so many fond memories of our time together. I hope this is the first of many such events at my 'Summer School', and that I can make future events even better, but there'll never be another quite like this for me."
- Conor Walton

Comments from students:

"Conor is a brilliant and supportive teacher, with a vast wealth of knowledge of practical and theoretical art and art history, philosophy, classics, and he is a world-class painter. He is an independent thinker, and (consequently) is one of the few people who understand my jokes."
- Fergus Ryan (

"What a great week Conor. I've always been a great admirer of your work and was fortunate enough to have sat for you to have my portrait painted, so I eagerly awaited this workshop - I wasn't disappointed! Thanks to your generous tuition during the painting process each day and your insightful lectures on the art and craft of painting each evening, I was pleasantly exhausted by the end of the week. Superb venue, genuine hospitality (thanks Jane), great company (despite Fergus Ryan's jokes) and a very memorable and truly educational experience. I've no doubt your Summer School will go from strength to strength."
- Neil Condron (

"Conor you are world class indeed, thanks for a memorable week of learning."
- Ruth Mannion (

"Sad to leave the @conorwalton70 figure painting workshop. By far one of the most challenging workshops I've taken and I'll be digesting the lessons learned for years to come! Thank you!"
- Eric Johnson (instagram@eric_johnson_arts)

"It has been a tough week of intense concentration, learning and full of interesting advice and assistance from Conor. A week to thoroughly immerse yourself in all that is 'paint', with the extremely knowledgeable and talented artist that he is. His obvious love of his craft has made it a fantastic workshop for anyone who wants to learn How, With What, What's in it and How to apply paint, and create artwork. It will certainly help me in my quest to become a better artist."
- Angela Cahill (instagram@angelacahill263)

"Learned so much and tried several different new techniques"
- Caitlyn Rooke (instagram@caitlynrookepainter)

"I really enjoyed the course and I would recommend it to other painters. Sophie was a great model barely moving a muscle all week. The studio was a great space with consistent light. The hosts and participants generated a very friendly atmosphere. Lunchtimes was really lovely too and having the ability to skulk off into the corridor to study Conor's paintings up close at lunch was a great pleasure/resource especially after he explained some of the techniques during the class. After the course was finished I noticed a change in my paintings. I feel I have a lot more tools in my box which help me to figure out the painting problems that I'm faced with. I learned a lot from when Conor came around to see our progress, sometimes spending up to 15 mins giving us individual advice....Quality stuff."
- Brian Manning (

"I highly recommend Conor’s course, it’s informative & great for expanding knowledge & techniques. I loved using Conor’s limited palette & learning to apply using his style combining palette knife & brush. I would however suggest your knowledge & feel for oils is already strong to get the full benefit of Conor’s experience & knowledge, not for beginners."
- Sally Mollan (

'Crazy Jane' exhibition in Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

June 2017

Conor Walton's picture, 'Crazy Jane and the Bishop' (8 x 8 inches, 2017) featured in the Hamilton Gallery's annual exhibition of art inspired by WB Yeats' poetry which coincides with the Yeats International Summer School.

The show was reviewed in the London Times:

Contributing artists:
Yoko Akino, Neisha Allen, John Behan, Petra Berntsson, Veronica Bolay, Mary Burke, Breda Burns, Ian Calder, Daniel Chester, Nuala Clarke, Eamon Colman, Phelim Connolly, Mary Cronin, Aidan Crotty, Sarah Cunningham-Bell, Patricia Curran Mulligan, Gerry Davies, Michael Donnolly, Miriam Doran, Molly Douthit, Naomi Draper, Susan Dubsky, Joe Dunne, Catherine Fanning, John Fitzmaurice, Michael Flaherty, Martin Gale, Brian Gallagher, Conor Gallagher, Mark Garry, Medbh Gillard, Graham Gingles, Lisa Gingles, Clea Van Der Grijn, Angela Hackett, Charles Harper, Annie Harrison, Bríd Higgins Ni Chinnéide, Alison Hunter, Rebecca Jobson, Josephine Kelly, Leonie King, Elizabeth Kinsella, Dorothee Kolle, Deborah Lee, Fergus Lyons, Catherine Mac Conville, Kate Mac Donagh
Ronan Mac Evilly, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Bernie Masterson, Brian Mc Donagh, Colin Mc Gookin, Margo Mc Nulty, Michael Mc Swiney, Catherine Mc Williams, Trudie Mooney, Billy Moore, Paul Murray, Vivien Murray, Jane Murtagh, Leonora Neary, Cora O'Brien, Seamus O'Byrne, John O'Connor, Sorca O'Farrell, John O'Grady, Kevin O'Keeffe, Caitriona O'Leary, Cormac O'Leary, Geraldine O'Reilly, Helen O'Toole, Sarah Quick, David Quinn, Pádraic Reaney, Gary Robinson, Mary Rohan, Janet Ross, Linda Ruttelynck, Bettina Seitz, Una Sealy, Niall Sheerin, Emma Stroude, Marion Thomson, Mavis Thomson, Sydney Thomson, Lorraine Wall, Conor Walton, Michael Wann, Lorna Watkins, Heidi Wickham, Ian Wieczorek

'An Ape's Limbs Compared to Man's' features in RHA Annual Exhibition

20 May 2017

Conor Walton's large multi-figure composition featured prominently in this year's annual exhibition at the RHA Gallagher Gallery in Dublin, a showcase for the best in Irish contemporary visual art.

During the course of the exhibition, students from IADT Dun Laoghaire chose to bring Conor's painting to life, re-enacting the scene depicted (bottom right).

Conor Walton takes part in Inishlacken Project

June 21, 2017

Conor was one of many artists to participate in this year's 'Inishlacken Project', an annual event organised by artist Rosie McGurran, in which artists gather to work on Inishlacken, an uninhabited Island off the west coast of Ireland. Conor was joined by Mick O'Dea PRHA (top), Nancy Keefe Rhodes (middle, with Conor Walton) and Una Sealy (bottom), among many others.

Conor Walton Draws Graduating 6th class at WMPS

June 9, 2017

Once again Conor has returned to complete a group portrait drawing from life of the graduating Sixth Class from Wicklow Montessori Primary School. For the first time, one of Conor's own children (Daniel) featured in the drawing.

Copies of the drawing helped raise funds for the school.
ModPortrait in Barcelona and Zaragoza

April 7 2017

Conor's picture 'Self-Portrait Leaning' feature in Spain's prestigious annual ModPortrait exhibition at the Museo Páblo Serrano, Zaragoza (April 7 -30 2017), and European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona (May 12 - 30 2017).

Chiaroscuro at NGI

As part of the programme of educational activities marking the the National Gallery of Ireland's 'Carravagio' exhibition, Conor led a class in chiaroscuro drapery studies at the museum.

See the NGI's promotional video for the event, featuring Conor:
Conor Walton on Sky TV
February 21, 2017

Sky Portrait Artist of the Year 2016 was broadcast on Feb 21st, featuring Conor Walton painting composer/performer Rick Wakeman at The Wallace Collection in London.