Christopher Banahan

Born in 1958 - Ireland


Christopher Banahan holds a B.A. in Fine Art, First class Hon’s from the Nottingham Trent University (1978-81), an M.A. Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London (1982-4) and an M.A. Production & Direction, Huston Film School, NUIG Galway (2012-3).

Christopher Banahan is known for his reflective portraits of childhood in which children’s faces are viewed, with a certain posed formality, through patterned fabric screens, a device that bestows a distanced, retrospective quality. It’s a mood that fits the artist, Thomas Brezing’s title phrase ”remember when we were older" in the way it proposes a future recollection, a way of looking at the present as though we are already looking back on it.

Banahan works on wood, often allowing the grain to maintain a stubborn, residual presence, coming through the image, adding to the sense of duration, imparting the feeling that the image is tenuous, immaterial, barely there against the immensity of time.

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1990 Rome Award in Painting, British school of Rome

1993 Artist Residence,School of Cyprus

1996, 97 Tyrone Guthrie Residency, Annaghmakarrig, Monahan

2000 Artist’s Residence, Vermont Studio Centre, U.S.A.

2002 Artist in Residence, Stratford College,Dublin

2003/6 Ballinglen Fellow,Ballinglen Foundation, Mayo, Ireland

2008 Cill Railiag Artist Residency, Kerry

2009 Artist@work Residency, Nurtures Best Crèche, for Roscommon. CO.CO

2010 Tyrone Guthrie Award, Galway County Council

Selected and solo Exhibition

2012 ‘Horizon Sprawl’ Ormston House members Exhibition, Limerick.

2012 ‘126 Annual artists Exhibition’126 Gallery, Galway.

2011 ‘Contemporary Irish Artists’ Barbara Stanley Gallery, London.

2011 ‘Drawing Connections’ Sienna Art Institute, Italy.

2011 ‘Out of the Box’ 126 Gallery, Galway.

2010 ‘Children’s First Art Show’ R.H.A, Dublin

2009 ‘How do you know’Blank space gallery, Oakland, California, U.S.A,

2009 ‘Eigse’ Carlow Open’, Ireland

2009 ‘Drawing Eire’ 411 galleries, Beijing, China

2009 ‘Works from the Collection of the Arts Council’

Solstice arts Centre and Tipperary institute

2008 ‘Play child play’Effe Leven gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.

07, 01, 99‘R.H.A. Open, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin.

2007 ‘Portraits and Childhood reflections’ Barbara Stanley Gallery, London

2007 ‘Empire of light’Linen hall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo

2006 ‘Portraits’the Dock Arts Centre, Carrick on Shannon

2006, 08‘New Works’, Norman Villa, Galway

2005 ‘6 x 6’ Showcase for Ireland, 411 Galleries, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, China.

2005 ‘Contemporary art from Ireland’ European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany.

2005, 01, 99 ‘3 solo shows (05‘Seawood’ 01‘Poignant Distance’

99 ‘Icons from house of Tragic Poet’] Hallward gallery, Dublin.

12-95 ‘C.O.E.’Claremorris ,Mayo.

04-95 ‘Iontas’ Sligo City art gallery, R.H.A and, Belltable gallery, Limerick

2003, 07‘New works’ Barbara Stanley gallery, London

2003 “Lineage” Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Castle.

2002 “Letterbox Memoirs” Hallward Gallery, Dublin, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick &

South Tipperary Arts Centre.

1999 “New Art from Ireland” the Turner Carroll gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

1999 “Adeste” The Ark, Dublin

1998 ‘New paintings’ Jo Rain Gallery, Dublin

1997 “Metaphor for Ireland. Paintings, Poetics and the old Sod” Boston University, U.S.A.

1997 ‘New Work’ Jo Rain Gallery, Dublin

1996 “Art of the State-Emerging Art” Recent acquisitions to O.P.W Collection, touring

Dublin Castle, Crawford Arts Centre, Cork; Foyles Art Centre, Derry & Irish Institute

For European Affairs, Louvain.

1996 ‘Prayer Gardens’ Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda

1995, 98“ E.V + A” Limerick City Gallery.

94, 90, 89‘New Paintings’ Sue Williams Gallery London (Solo shows)

1991 ‘British Month’Roy Miles Fine Art London.

1990“Opere recenti” B.S.R Gallery, Accademia Britannica, Roma, Italia.
1988/90 ‘A Painting Review’ Berkeley Square gallery, London
1988 ‘Twentieth Century British Art Fair’, Cumberland Hotel, London
1987 ‘London Arts Fair’ Olympia Earls Court
1990, 86‘Contemporary Arts Fair’Smith’sGallery, London
1984 ‘Whitechapel Open, London
1984 ‘12 Artists’ Goldsmiths College gallery, New Cross, London
1984 ‘Pick of the new’Christies Graduateshow, London

European Central Bank, Frankfurt
Central Bank, Dublin,
Arts Council, Ireland,
Dial Eireann,
Micro Soft, Ireland
Dublin Castle, Garda dept.
C.A.S of Great Britain
Dundalk I.T.
Tralee I.T,
Tipperary Institute, Clonmel and Thurles
Ennis Psychiatric Unit,
Galway City Council,
Kildare County Council,
Education dept., Dublin
North side civic centre, Coolock, Dublin
The Ark, Dublin
Stratford College, Dublin
Sorrento Asset Management, Dublin
Mason, Hayes and Curran Sol, Dublin
Noble Enterprise, U.K
London Borough of Camden

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