Cormac O'Leary

Born in 1969 - Ireland


Cormac O'Leary is an Irish artist born in 1969 in Cork city. Currently, he lives and works at County Leitrim in Ireland. He studied Fine Arts at Sligo Institute of Technology.

After his studies, Cormac O'Leary settled down in Barcelona, where he steeped in works at the Picasso Museum, Joan Miro foundation, Tapies foundation and the several buildings designed by Gaudi. When he came back to Ireland, he opened a workshop with other local artists. This is when he began to locally and nationally exhibit his work and publish art reviews and illustration brochures like Arts West magazine, Circa or the Sculpture Newsletter Society of Ireland.

Cormac O'Leary mainly works with oil painting and acrylic. He draws his inspiration from his environment and Irish landscapes.

Cormac O'Leary's works were displayed at personal exhibitions at The Barbara Stanley Gallery in London, in 2015, 2009 and 2007, Chimera Gallery of Mullinga in 2014, The Hamilton Gallery of Sligo in 2013 and 2010, The Custom House Gallery, of West port in 2012, not to mention Cill Rialaig Arts Kerry Center in 2011. His works became part of the collections at Leitrim County Council, Nazareth House of Sligo, Hawkswell Theater of Sligo, Cork County Library Collection, Royal Hospital Donnybrook in Dublin and Allied Irish Banks.

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2013 The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2012 Custom House Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo
2011 Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry
2010 The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2007 / 09 The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London
2004 / 06 / 08 Vangard Gallery, Cork
2003 Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
2002 Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
2000 / 05 Clotworthy Arts Centre, Co. Antrim
1999 / 01 / 03 / 05/ 08 Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1999 / 01 / 03 Sligo Art Gallery


2013 Remembering Light & Stone, with Caitriona O’Leary, Doorway Gallery, Dublin
2005 / 06 / 07 / 08 / 09 with Caitriona O’Leary, Cat & Moon Gallery, Sligo
2005 With Philip Lindey & Caitriona O’Leary , The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London UK
2004With Philip Lindey & Brian Smyth, The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London UK
2002 With Caitriona O’Leary, Lavit Gallery, Cork


2014 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, UK
2013 Hunter’s Moon festival, The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Small Talk, Westport Arts Festival, Co. Mayo
‘An issue worth mentioning’ Cairde Arts Festival, Yeats Building, Sligo
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London UK
The Wool Campaign, Somerset House, London, UK
2012 Source Art Fair, RDS, Dublin
CASe, Lavit Gallery, Cork
Summer Show; The Doorway Gallery, Dublin
2011 Invited Artists; Christmas Show, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
Things that matter, Westport Arts Festival, Mayo
Lavit Gallery at Boole Library, University College, Cork
2010 Reinspired – an artistic navigation of the Erie Canal, Rochester, NY;
Folsom Library, Troy, NY; The Italian Cultural Institute, New York City
Art for Haiti, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton
2009 Irish Landscape, Redrag Gallery, UK
2008 Tripod; A slice of Art, Fairgreen House, Galway
2007 Journeys; Castletown House, Co. Kildare
(Toured to Louvain Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven, Belgium; University of Ulster, Belfast;
Coast Gaurd Station Arts Centre, Waterford; The Mellennium Forum, Derry.)
2006 Tribute to Beckett, Vangard Gallery, Cork
2005 ’1 in 4? Art Auction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
‘Tsunami Art Auction’; Royal Hibernian Academy Dublin
2004 C2; Contemporary Art from Cork, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
Eigse, Carlow Arts Festival (Invited Artist)
2003 – 09 Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
2003 – 10 Wexford Arts Festival
2003 Boyle Arts Festival, Co Roscommon
Blink – 5 years; Linenhall Arts Centre, Ballina Co. Mayo
2002 Cormac O’Leary & Caitriona O’Leary, Lavit Gallery, Cork
2001 Sligo Arts in Context, Airfield House, Dublin
The Art of Hurling, Kenny Gallery, Galway
2000 Emerging Art II, Kilkenny Castle
(Toured to Burnavon Arts Centre, Tyrone, Newry Arts Centre, Co. Down, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co Kerry)
Works on Paper, LeMoyne Art Foundation, Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Aer Rianta – Gateway to Art, Dublin Airport
1999 Coast to coast, Lavit Gallery, Cork
1998 A Platter of Art, Lavit Gallery, Cork
1997 Masks at the Hawkswell, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
1996 Dermot Healy’s Writing, The Blue Raincoat Theatre, Sligo
1995 Generation, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
1993 3 of a Kind, McCanny Building, Sligo
1992 Christmas Show, Model Arts Centre, Sligo
1990 / 91 / 94 / 95 / 99 / 01 Iontas, National Small Works Open Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery (Toured)
1990 / 91 / 94 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Mayo
1989 International Mini-print Show, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin


Leitrim County Council
Nazareth House, Sligo
Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo
IIB Bank, Ireland
Cork County Library Collection
Sligo County Library Collection
Crawford Municipal Art Collection, Cork
Allied Irish Banks
Office of Public Works
Dept. of Finance & Personnel, Northern Ireland
Dept. of Enterprise, Trade & Employment
Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, Dublin
Wellwoman Centre, Dublin
Shay Cleary Architects, Dublin
UniCredito Italiano, Irish Financial Services Centre, Dublin

Represented in private collections in Ireland, UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium,Germany, USA and Australia.


2010 Artist’s Residency – Vermont, USA
2006 / 10 / 12 Artists’s Bursary, Leitrim County Council
2001 Iontas Painting Award
2000 Milliken Bros. Art Materials Award
1999 / 04 Studio Residency, Cill Rialaig Artist’s Retreat, Co. Kerry
1999 Studio Residency, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
1993 / 94 Irish Arts Council / An Chomarile Ealiaonn Grants
1991 D. O’Sullivan Graphics Ltd., Best Student Award

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