Paul McCloskey

Paul McCloskey was born in Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and is now living and working in Gorey Co. Wexford. Paul attended the National College of Art and Design (N.C.A.D) Dublin and  also De Montfort University UK  where he received a Master’s Degree in Fine art (MFA) in 2010. Paul is a professional member of ‘visual artists Ireland’.  He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally throughout the UK, London, Venice, Paris, Macedonia and New York.

He was the 2016 recipient of the special award by the international jury at the Osten Biennial of Drawing/Works on paper in Skopje, Macedonia where five of his works now form a permanent part of the 'World Gallery Of Drawing Collection' of the Museum of Drawing/Works on Paper.

He was one of 13 artists shortlisted for the ‘London Contemporary Art Award’ 2018 where he was awarded the 'materials bursary award'

Paul has work in the following collections:

Monaghan County Council, art collection.

Wexford County Council, art collection.

OSTEN Art Collection, World Gallery Of Drawing, Skopje, Republic    of Macedonia

Smurfit Collection

Irish Bank of Commerce

Monaghan VEC

Kavanagh Heritage Centre, Monaghan


Connemara design centre

Ashfield College, Dublin

Civic Centre, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan   

As well as numerous private collections throughout the country.

Selected Exhibitions:

2018/19 - ‘1 FT SQ' -  Strule Arts Centre, Omagh - 14 December 2018 - 12 January 2019
Ciara Hambly / Hambly & Hambly Gallery Enniskillen. Paul McKenna / McKenna Gallery Omagh.

2018/19 - 'Open Submission' - Dunamaise Arts Centre - Thursday 22 November to Saturday 5 January, Guest Selector: Claire Behan.

2018 - Store Gallery London. 'London Contemporary Art Prize' finalists - July/August

2017 - GOMA Gallery of Modern Art, Waterford, Annual Juried Group Exhibition - 17th August - 23rd September

2016 - 18th October - EWAA...East, West Art Award, Shortlisted/Finalists’ Exhibition. La Galleria, Pall Mall, London.

2016 - 22nd September - 27th October - EXHIBITION of the AWARDED ARTISTS of the OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/Works on Paper, World Gallery of Drawing - Skopje, Macedonia.

2016 - OSTEN BIENNIAL of DRAWING/WORKS ON PAPER (5 works) Skopje 2016 March -August.

2016 - ‘ESCAPE’ - (Curated by Michelle de Forge - Artists - Cecilia Danell, Lelia Henry, Rosemary Langtry, Paul McCloskey, Maria O'Brien, Emily Rainsford and Edward White. Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise IRL. 23rd June - 31st July 2016

2015 - LONDON CALLING 015 - 22nd - 25th October -one of thirty international artists selected to exhibit at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank London this October. Selected jointly by 'LONDON CALLING 015' and 'ART NOW/ARTISTS FAIR LONDON'.

2015 - August -International Exhibition of Contemporary Art - VENEZIA ’15 Grand’ Art, Gallery of the Art Centre San Vidal - Scoletta San Zaccaria, Venice, Italy.

2015 -6th - 31st July - 'THE OMEGA 3d'- (Solo exhibition) - The Alley Theatre/Arts Centre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone

2014 - September, ‘Little Kingdoms’, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast.

2014 -'Enniskillen Visual Arts Open' international exhibition, The Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre,Co. Fremanagh. 11th September 2014 - 11th October.

2014 - 'Signal Open' Exhibition, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co.Wicklow - 6th - 17th August.

2011/13 - '1st - 3rd Splash Art Festival' Back Loft, La Cathedral Studios, Dublin (Invited Artist)

2013 - September 19th - 23rd October - ‘Ireland in our eyes’, London Irish Centre, Camden Sq, London.

2013 - “Clouds” - International Exhibition Of Contemporary Art - August (2013) - Centro Storico /The Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy.

2013 - July 25th - Sept' 10th - 2013 - ‘The Story of the Creative’, (invited artist) See | Exhibition space, 26-19 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 New York.

2013 - ‘Awakenings Reloaded’ - Market House Arts Centre, Monaghan Town. (Arts Council Ireland and Monaghan Co. Council) (Solo show)

2011/12/13 -THE SCOOP Contemporary art exhibition. Mealy's/Centre for Creative Practices.

2011 - 'Harvest' - Hive Gallery and Studios - Waterford - Open Submission.

2011 - 'Pink Pink Pink' - Mad Art gallery and Studios-Dublin- Open submission.

2011 - 'Masters Exhibition' - De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. (Solo show)

2009 - Gallery Show - Henry Gilmore Gallery - Belfast.

2007 - ’08 - Group Show - Art Upstairs - Rosslare.

2006 - ‘07 - Salon Exhibition - Montserrat Gallery of Contemporary Art - New York.

2006 - "Awakenings (The Alpha)" - Art upstairs Gallery - Wexford festival opera (Solo Show)

2006 - " Summer group show - Clifden art gallery Galway

2005 - " Christmas/Summer Show" - OS/B Gallery Enniskerry

2005 - “Summer show” - Kennedy Gallery Dublin

2002/04 - "Eigse - Carlow arts festival - open selection.

2003 - "East meets West" Invited artist Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan.

2001 - "Wexford Opera Festival" - Wexford Arts Centre (Invited Artist) (2 person show).

2001 - "Group Show" - Taylor Gallery Belfast.

2001 - "Scenes before the eye" Agora Gallery (2 person show) Broadway, Manhattan, New York.

2000 - "Comhairle Bhaile Cheanntair" (solo show) (Public works) Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan.

2000 - "CELTIC CONNECTIONS" - (The Arts Council Ireland.) (A Welsh/ Irish exchange exhibition of four short listed artists) Fishguard Wales.

1999 - ‘Round About’ Gorey Summer Fair (Solo Exhibition)

1998 - "Award winners exhibition" (Wexford arts centre, sponsored by Lions club and Arts Council Ireland.) (Solo Show)

1997 - 2000 - “Lions Club exhibition “(Arts Centre Wexford)

1997 - “Group show” (Watch house Gallery Enniscorthy)

1996 - "Opera festival show” Wexford Arts Centre- Solo Exhibition-(Sponsored by Guinness Ireland and The Arts council Ireland)

1995 - "Christmas show" (2 man show) (Woodland arts and crafts gallery Gorey)

1995 - 2005 - "Wexford showcase" (Arts centre Wexford)

1995 - "Art with a view" (Wexford Co. Council. A short listed exhibition of six artists)

1994 - "Monaghan Artists" (Carrickmacross Co. Monaghan)


Review by J.E. Raddatz

"Paul McCloskey's art is beautiful and profound"... "My initial response to Paul’s work was a single monosyllabic utterance: “Whoa.” Not exactly T.S Elliot, but the feeling was there, I assure you"
The State of Art


"McCloskey’s paintings have been described as ‘visually delicious’, in particular the ‘Reloaded’ series which utilize the textural qualities of the paint, they are painterly, luxuriant and rich in appearance"

Review by Lisa Mikulski

"It is rare that a work of art, or a series of works, strikes me with a physical as well as an emotional reaction. The work of Paul McCloskey is literally breathtaking in its composition, colour, and execution"
The State of Art

3D & Sculpture

"He plays masterfully with light, colour, contrast and texture to give the viewer a visual banquet, drawing us into his world of being, transporting us to that place of no mind. The ‘beautiful and profound’ in McCloskey’s paintings combine to make something truly desirable, powerful and extraordinary"

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