Richard Hearns

Born in 1980 - Ireland


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Richard Hearns graduated from NCAD in 2004. He views painting as an honest craft that requires study, hard-work and commitment. This work-ethic provides him with a solid platform to express himself, his creativity, his thoughts and his feelings. He is currently exploring the world of traditional oil painting – its history, techniques, media and pioneers.

He’s inspired by the works of Sargent, Orpen, Henry and Henri and aspires to reach their levels of proficiency, no matter how colossal the challenge may seem.Richard’s energy and enthusiasm define him as a person and fuel his insatiable pursuit of excellence. His landscape, still-life and figurative work will continue to evolve as life, art and experience continue to shape his world.

“There exists a credible quality to the language of painting – a credible quality to the inwardness of the thing. Getting excited by the truthfulness of something or something unexpectedly presented in a visual conundrum (language). This has always been of excitement to me. Over the past few years my immediate surrounding and the places I encountered have become an even greater catalyst or spring board for me to create a visual story or narrative.

I have been occupied with recording or reflecting places along the path of my life’s journey. In ancient Irish society the poets and artists were considered more powerful then the leaders and in modern Ireland we still to some degree venerate creativity in our culture. During my time spent abroad my sense of place and attachment to place has become even more pronounced, it becomes an even more vital aspect for me.

My time spent on Ireland’s west coast, from the vast and wild Atlantic views from Bolas head in Kerry, to the expansive plains of north County Mayo and the contrasting lush and arid landscape of the Burren in County Clare, my work has been ‘Reflecting’ what I meet along the road.”

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Solo Exhibitions

2014 ‘Untitled’, Solo Exhibition, Gallery La Cornue, Paris
2014 ‘The Artist’s Shelf ‘, Solo Exhibition, O’ Sullivans Antiques, 51 E10th Street, New York.
2014 ‘The Rural Idyll ‘ Solo Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art, Hibernian Place, Dublin 2.
2013 ‘Reflections of Place’, Solo Exhibit, Lighthouse International, E59th Street, New York.
2012 ‘Paintings by Richard Hearns’, Solo Exhibit, Offices of the Cardinal of New York, 1011 1st Ave.
2011 ‘Paintings by Richard Hearns’, Solo Exhibit, The Dillon Hall, 1011 1st Ave, New York City.
2010 ‘Like a River Flows’, Solo Exhibition, Fingal County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin.
2010 ‘Objects of Knowledge’, Solo Exhibition, High Tide Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo.
2009 Solo Exhibit, The Grange Gallery, Oldtown, North County Dublin.
2008 ’A Quiet Light’, Solo Exhibition, Cong Art Gallery, Cong, Co. Mayo.
2008 ‘Between the Heart and the Light’. Solo Exhibit. The Gallery, Sheen Falls Lodge, Co. Kerry.
2007 ’Towards an Island’. Solo Exhibit. Wonksiri Gallery, Koh Mak, Trad Provience, Thailand.
2007 ‘Solace’. Solo Exhibition. Carlinn Gallery, Dundalk Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
2007 ‘Creations Of An Inner Life’. Solo Exhibition. The Gallery, Sheen Falls Lodge, Kerry

Group Exhibitions

2013 VUE, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
2012 The 182nd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
2009 Group Exhibit, The Back Lane Painters and Friends, Roundstone, Connemara, Co. Galway
2008 The Oisin Gallery, Summer Event Exhibition, 44 Westland Row, Dublin
2006 Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle Co. Roscommon
2002 DLIADT Degree Show, (drawing, video & sound installation), Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
2001 DLIADT Diploma Show, (drawing, video & sound installation), Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design and Technology

Artist Residencies / Awards

2014 The City of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse International Artist Symposium, Germany.
2012 The Art Students League of New York, U.S.A.
2011 Artist in residence, Custom House Studios, Westport Quay, Co. Mayo.
2011 Fingal County Enterprise Board, Export Grant Initiative Award.
2011 Officially sponsored by Richard Oliver Fine Art Brushes, Ireland.
2009/10 Artist in residence, Cill Rialaig Foundation, Bolas Head, Co. Kerry.
2008 Artist in residence, The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.
2006 Artist in residence, The Mantua Art Project, Mantua Co. Roscommon.


2004 H DIP Art Craft and Design Education NCAD.
2002 BFA Fine Art Interdisciplinary Digital Media IADT.
2001 DIPLOMA Fine Art Interdisciplinary Digital Media IADT.

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