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Hughie O'Donoghue RA, 1953 | Abstract Expressionism painter

© The Royal Academy of Arts /Hughie O’Donoghue RA was born in England but lived and worked for many years in County Kerry, Ireland. He graduated from Goldsmiths in 1982 and was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London from 1984-85.
His work is characterised by an engagement with the past. He uses figuration and abstraction to explore themes of human identity, memory and experience; and draws on history, mythology and personal records to create works which resonate with emotional intensity.

Recent Solo Exhibitions
  • 2013 University Gallery, Newcastle;
  • 2012 Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal;
  • 2011 DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague;
  • 2008 James Hyman Gallery, London;
  • 2007 Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin, Germany University Gallery and Baring Wing, University of Northumbria, Newcastle;
  • 2006 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London;
  • 2005 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London Fenton Gallery, Cork;
  • 2004 Purdy Hicks Gallery, London Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh and Callan Friary, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland;
  • 2003 Imperial War Museum London; Imperial War Museum North Manchester.
Selected Collections
  • Arts Council;
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia;
  • Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford, England;
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England;
  • British Museum, London, England;
  • Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, England;
  • Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England;
  • Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England;
  • Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, England;
  • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland;
  • Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland;
  • The Imperial War Museum, London, England;
  • The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland;
  • The National Gallery, London, England;
  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland;
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland;
  • University of Michigan, Museum of Art, Ann Arbour, USA;
  • Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, England;
  • Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, England;
  • Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA.