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Mick O'Dea, RHA.
He has won several awards. He was given four at the Arnotts National Portrait Awards Exhibitions in 1985, 1989, 1993 and 1994. He was granted the K.M.P.G. award at the Annual Oireachtas Exhibition in 1992 and 1998. Other awards include a major Arts Council Bursary in 1986, a prize at the Claremorris Open Exhibition in 1990, an Art Flight to New York - as well as the E.S.B. Kearing McLoughlin Medal at the 1993 Annual Exhibition. He was elected an A.R.H.A. that same year. He received the Taylor De Vere Award for a Work of Distinction in any medium at the R.H.A. Annual Exhibition in 1995, and in 1996 he was elected an R.H.A. and a member of Aosdána.
has exhibited widely in Ireland, Latvia, the U.K. and the U.S.A., Spain
and France. His work is included in a number of collections including
The Arts Council of Ireland, The Royal Hibernian Academy, The National
Gallery of Ireland, The Bank of Ireland, Allied Irish Bank, Trinity College
Dublin, The University of Limerick, The National Self-Portrait Collection,
The National Drawing Collection, Limerick City Gallery, Clare County Council,
G.P.A. Shannon, The Office of Public Works, The Cesis Museum of Art, Latvia,
Jurys Hotel Group, St. Patrick's Hospital and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.
O'Dea is an artist with a vivid awareness of the roots of his painterly tradition , a natural observer with an essentially humanistic approach, firm in the academic tradition, but not in the classical sense.
All his work is at once energetic and contemplative, multidirectional yet focused, coloured sparingly yet luxuriant. He sees himself primarily as a draughtsman, regarding drawing as a gateway medium, enabling expression in other media. He works in pastel, acrylic and oil. His oil paintings are the result of multiple sketches leading to profound, dynamic work but he appreciates the quick drying properties of acrylic, comparable to the calligrapher's ink.
He believes that the effort of harnessing this dynamic enables him to generate a sense of urgency which is translated and made manifest by the quality and the immediacy of his work.
This exhibtion offers up an exploration of Mick O’Dea’s world in its different manifestations, with a selection of paintings and drawings directly from his Dublin studio: a glance through the creativity of this highly regarded Irish Artist, from his portraits and landscapes to the latest still life work. It is with great pleasure that the Russell Gallery hosts this show. ‘Studio Selection’ will give you the opportunity to enjoy the magnetic and compelling works of Mick O’Dea.