Twenty-five year old Dublin-based artist Sam Horler is a rising talent in Irish art. Graduating from the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design with an Honours degree in Fine Art in 2007, Sam has been developing an extensive body of work in various mediums.
In an in depth article about him in the Irish Times, leading art critic Gemma Tipton wrote: "What’s interesting about painter Sam Horler is not so much that he comes from a long line of artists that goes back to Maud Gonne – it’s the quality of the work…Most people have their own opinions about the relative merits of the work of artists such as Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, but every now and then an artist comes to your attention, and you think: this person’s really got something. That’s what I thought when I met Sam Horler."
Regularly collaborating with artists across various disciplines, he was commissioned by Irish film-maker Louis Lentin to create drawings for his film, Grandpa Speak to Me in Russian and worked regularly with film artist Paddy Jolley. He was part of a team of two responsible for the execution of a major commission for a monument at the Irish Cultural Institute in Paris by the pre-eminent sculptor Imogen Stuart. He has taken part in several group shows throughout Dublin, most recently he was invited to show at the 180th RHA annual show.
Sam Horler has opened The Drawing Studio on Clarendon Street, Dublin, where he now teaches and prepares for solo shows.
To read an interview with Horler in The Irish Times by leading art critic Gemma Tipton click here.
Upon recieving a Law Degree at University College Dublin, Hayes set upon an education in art. After attending The Academia Italiana fine arts university in Florence he spent four years studying drawing and painting at the The Charles H. Cecil Studios in the same city completing his studies in 2008 and becoming a tutor at the school.
Upon completing a residency at The Cill Rialaig Project in Co. Kerry he moved to his present studio just off Stephen's Green in Dublin's city centre. He is concentrating on portrait paintings and commissions where he has been recieving much attention and recently was the subject of an in-depth feature article in the Irish Times Magazine.
In October he will begin teaching again at the The Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence.
Joe Dunne was born in Dublin in 1957 and studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin from 1975 to 1978. His first solo exhibitions took place in Dublin and Freiburg Germany in 1980.
Subsequent solo exhibitions took place in Dublin in the 1980s and 1990s and his work has also been selected for numerous group shows including the Oireachtas, the RHA Annual and Gala Exhibitions and the BP Portrait Award in London.
A decision to focus only on painting in 1997 led to a landmark exhibition at the RHA Ashford Gallery in 2001. Many of the works in that exhibition marked a stylistic development which has continued into the subsequent and present solo shows at Jorgensen Fine Art in 2004 and 2007.
Joe is probably best known for his portrait work. A number of portrait and figure paintings exhibited at the Tom Caldwell Gallery in Dublin in 1990 drew comparisons with the work of the realist painters Andrew Wyeth and Lucien Freud. He has received a number awards over the past two decades - most recently the Keating McLoughlin Medal for a group portrait at the RHA Annual in 2006 and the Fergus O‘Ryan RHA Memorial Award for a landscape in the 2010 RHA Annual. He was also recently elected an Associate member of the Royal Hibernian Academy.
He was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1985 to parents who were both artists.
He was educated at Headfort School, Ireland and Clongowes Wood College and underwent formal training at American painter Rebecca Harp's studio in Florence, Italy in 2005 - 2008.
Currently Harry Durdin Robertson works in a shared studio in Piazzale Donatello, Florence and also frequently returns to Ireland where he works on commissions.
Artists who have influenced his work are Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Ilya Repin, Isaak Levitan and Velasquez.
His work is included in several private collections worldwide and he is represented by the Oriel Gallery in Dublin.