Brendan O'Sullivan Connemara-based artist and painter


Art news

On 5th February 2015, I was profiled on "Imeall", an Arts and Culture program on TG4. Check out the segment at 14.08 min on Youtube at

On 10th April 2015, I will be involved and exhibiting at the relaunch of Lorg Fine Art Printmakers as Galway Print Studio in the Connacht Tribune Building, Galway. 

February 2014 - "Faoi Cheilt" opened on 28th February 2014 in Ionad Cultútha Baile Mhúirne, Co. Cork, and ran until 28th April 2014. It was officially launched by the musician, composer and broadcaster, Peadar Ó Riada. It was followed by a concert Seán Gavin, Noreen Gavin O'Sullivan and Frankie Gavin.  

November 2013 - "Métamorphisme" opened on Thursday 7th November 2013 in the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast and and ran until 1 December. See more at:

September 2013 - "Hidden Agendas", a solo exhibition of new work at Clifden Arts Festival, Co. Galway.

November 2012 - "Arts de Novembre" in Yerville, Normandy, I had 8 paintings in a group show. During the vernissage, I was made an honorary citizen of Yerville by the mayor, M. Alfred Trassy-Paillogues. See


Born in Dublin, I now live and paint near Carna in the Connemara Gaeltacht on the west coast of Ireland. My background is in the natural sciences, with a BA (Mod) in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD on Oyster Culture in Ireland from the National University of Ireland Galway and a BA in Fine Art and Design from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. In August 2008, I represented Ireland at Euro Celtic Art, part of the Festival Interceltique du Lorient in Brittany. My works are in the collections of the National University of Ireland Galway, University College Hospital Galway and Oireachtas na Gaeilge, An Culturlann Belfast, and in private collections in Ireland, UK, France, Switzerland and North America. I am a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland, un Societaire d’AYAC Salon d’Yvetot et de Haute-Normande and, until recently, a former board member of Lorg Printmakers Galway.

Artist statement

My practice attempts to replicate the ways in which the forces of time and nature (decay, destruction, etc.) metamorphose, etch and scar objects or surfaces to expose hidden forms. Terms of reference and influences allude to palaeontology, archaeology, zoology, mythology, cave art, Etruscan frescoes, peeling hoardings, mindless graffiti, and the general detritus of life. 


Brendan O'Sullivan, Letterard, Cashel, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland F: 00353 (0)87 2903609 E: