John Short

Born in 1970 - Ireland


John Short was born in Fife, Scotland. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and The Royal College of Art, London. In London he worked freelance for publishers, contributed to exhibitions and undertook private commissions worldwide.

He moved to Dublin in 1980 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Illustration and Drawing in the School of Art & Design DIT. He continued to practice with publishers and private watercolour portrait commissions but since 2005 he has focused on producing and exhibiting location based artworks.

His work is based on field trips to Scotland, North Africa, China, Australia and Ireland, particularly his local area on the South County Dublin coast. His work takes many formats including sketchbook drawings, large scale watercolour, ink and photo transfer images, digital prints and 3D paper sculptures. John works and lives with his wife and family in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland.

“Giving the impression of spontaneity is important in my work. Being casual and relaxed certainly helps through much practice and draughtsmanship. Often the quickest seemingly throwaway and most immediate use of materials can often capture more than a few too many strokes. Make it look effortless, controlled and well observed.”

- John Short

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The Cauldwell Gallery, Dublin
Solo Exhibition – A Portrait of Sandycove and Dalkey, Dalkey Arts Gallery, County Dublin
Solo Exhibition – From Seapiont to Bray, Dalkey Arts Gallery, County Dublin, Nov


Joint exhibitor in The 101 Gallery, Dublin
Contributed to Christmas Exhibition Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
Contributed to DIT Spectrum Exhibition RHA Gallery, Dublin
Contributed to RHA Summer Exhibitions RHA Gallery, Dublin
Joint exhition, Images of China and Ireland, Tramyard Gallery, Dalkey, County Dublin
Contributed to Annual Irish Watercolour Society Exhibions, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
Contributed to group exhibition ‘Coast”, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
Shortlisted for Davy Portrait Award, Naughton Gallery, Queens University, Belfast
Regular contributor of paintings to Fraser Gallery, St Andrews, Scotland
Contributor Exhibition of paintings/3D works and drawings in Irish Pavillion EXPO, Shanghai, China
Exhition IMAGES (Works from travels in China, Morocco and Ireland) Tramyard Gallery , Dalkey, County Dublin
Selected for group show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Selected for Royal Watercolour Society Competition, Bankside Gallery , London
Exhibition ‘Images of Ireland and China’ in V Arts Center, M50, Shanghai, China 2012
Contributor of paintings and sculptures to Easter and summer exhibition, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
Extensive feature in The Artist Magazine UK December 2012
Group Christmas exhibtion, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin 2012, 13, 14
Group Easter Exhibition, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin 2014
Interview zoneonearts.au 2013


BA Degree, Edinburgh College of Art, Post Graduate Diploma, Edinburgh College of Art
MA Degree, Royal College of Art, London


Royal College of Art Traveling Scholarship to Paris
Awarded Royal College of Art Drawing Prize
Awarded Berger / Royal College of Art Colour Prize
Winner of Arnotts National Portrait Award , Dublin
Winner of the Kilcock Art Gallery best Watercolour in RHA Summer Exhibition Award, Dublin
Awarded K&M Evans Work of Distinction at the Annual Irish Watercxolour Society Exhibition
Winner of the D O Sullivan Work of Distinction award at The Iirish Watercolour Society Exhibition
Winner of Whyte’s Auctioneers Work of Distinction award at the Irish Watercolour Society Exhibition
Winner of Artists Prize, Royal Watercolour Society Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London 2012

Commissions from The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, Radio Times, Time Out, Vogue, Harpers & Queen, Walker Books, New Society, Now Magazine and other publications in Ireland and UK
Work in the collections of Department of Foreign Affairs, Bank of Ireland, Berger Paints, McCann Erikson, and various private collections in Europe, Singapore and USA.

Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Imagemaking, School of Art & Design, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin.

Private watercolour portrait and painting commissions throughout Ireland, France, UK and USA.

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