Biography

Eddie Kennedy was born in North Tipperary in 1960 and now lives in Dublin. First exhibiting at the Independent Artists Exhibition at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 1982, he graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with a Distinction in Painting in 1983. He was awarded a full scholarship by the University of Cincinnati, where he received a Masters in Fine Art Painting in 1989. Subsequently, Kennedy spent a number of years in New York painting, exhibiting and working alongside established US artists. He has maintained a significant presence in the United States where he has shown with John Cacciola in Chelsea and at art fairs in LA, Miami and Chicago.  Kennedy’s work has also been exhibited in the United Kingdom and Europe. Early solo shows in Ireland included the Tom Caldwell Gallery in Dublin and the Riverrun Gallery in Limerick. He returned home to Ireland with a solo show at Dublin’s Irish Life Exhibition Centre in 1996. Later Kennedy exhibited with the Paul Kane Gallery in Dublin and had solo shows at Éigse, Carlow (2000 and 2009) and was included in the Éigse, 30th anniversary exhibition (2010) at VISUAL, Carlow.

He has been the grateful recipient of awards from the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and TippFM. In 2017 he was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award. He was elected as a member of Aosdána in 2017. Publications on his work include Find (2007, ISBN: 978-0-9556736-0-3) and Thread (2012, ISBN: 978-0-9564950-9-9). 

Kennedy has been represented by Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, since 2004.

Exhibitions, Awards & Bibliography

 Solo Exhibitions
2021Arena, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2018Sing, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2016Source, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2014Just a Shade, curated by John P Quinlan, Triskel, Christchurch, Cork, Ireland
2014Three Men in a Pea Green Boat, curated by Therry Rudin & Patricia Hurl, Damer House Gallery, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland  
2013Track, Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland
2012Thread, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2011Current, Ballinglen Art Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland
2010Scope, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2009New Paintings, John Cacciola Gallery, New York, US
2008Recent Works, Hylands Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland
2008Revel, Vangard Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2007Find, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2005Play, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2005New Paintings, Catherine Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff, County Cork, Ireland
2000Hold, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2000Éigse, invited artist, Carlow, Ireland
1998Mountains, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1996Silent Song, Irish Life Exhibition Centre, Dublin, Ireland
1994Galerie Egon Von Kamek, Potsdam/Berlin, Germany
1991In remembrance of my future: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1991In remembrance of my future: River Run Gallery, Limerick, Ireland
1989In remembrance of my future: Piedmont Gallery, Augusta, Kentucky, US
 Group Exhibitions 
202025th Anniversary Show, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2020Ballinglen Museum of Art  Inaugural Exhibition, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland
2020Royal Academy Annual Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, PiccadillyLondon, UK
2020RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2019Winter Exhibition, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2019RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2019Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland 
2019Royal Academy Annual Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, PiccadillyLondon, UK
2019Summer Exhibition, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2019Peripheries, DLR Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, curated by John Daly
2016Then and Now, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2016Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, PiccadillyLondon, UK
2016RHA Annual Exhibition  Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2015The Art of a Nation-Irish Art from 1900 to Present Day, The Mall Galleries, London, UK
2015RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2014Vue, Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland                
2014Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, UK
2014The Artist’s Eye, curated by Donald Teskey, work from the AIB Collection, The Hunt Museum, Limerick City, Ireland
2014RHA Annual Show, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2013RHA Annual Show, invited artist, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2012Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, UK
2011Vue, Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2010VisualÉigse, 30th anniversary show, invited artists, Contemporary Art Centre, Carlow, Ireland  
2010RHA Annual Show, invited artist, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2010Art Fair, Chicago, John Cacciola Gallery, New York, US
2009Art Fair, Los Angeles, John Cacciola Gallery, New York, US
2009Vue, Contemporary Art Fair, RHA, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2009Works on Paper, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2008Art Santa Fe, International Art Fair, New Mexico, John Cacciola Gallery, New York, US
2008Boyle Arts Festival, invited artist, Roscommon, Ireland
2008The Painted Path, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2008New Paintings, John Cacciola Gallery, New York, US
2007Art-Miami, Miami Beach Convention Centre, Florida, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2006RHA Annual Show, invited artist, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2006Winter Show, Fenton Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2006Irish Landscape, John Martin of London, Albemarle Street, London, UK
2005Intense, Centre Internationale d’Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, Institut Franco Americain, Rennes, France 
2004Contemporary Landscapes, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
1990Christmas Show, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1989Oireachtas National Juried Show, Dublin, Ireland
1989Christmas Show, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
1989Group show, Carnegie Arts Centre, Covington, Kentucky, US
1989M.F.A. Show, Tangeman Gallery, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
1989RHA Annual Show, Royal Hibernia Academy, Dublin, Ireland
1988Five Aliens Living with Uncle Sam: Arts ConsortiumCincinnati, Ohio, US
1988National Juried Show, Bismarck, North Dakota, US
1988Artists’ Liaison, National Juried Show, Chicago, Illinois, US
1986Oireachtas, National Juried Show, Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
1984Independent Artists, National Juried Show, Bank of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
 Awards
2019Adams Award, Royal Hibernia Annual Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
2017Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award   
2017Elected to Aosdána
2011Fellowship Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland
2009Culture Ireland Award, New York Exhibition support, Dublin, Ireland 
2008Culture Ireland Award, New York Exhibition support, Dublin, Ireland 
2007Tipp Fm Arts Bursary: €5,000, Cahir, Co. Tipperary, Ireland 
2007Fellowship Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland 
2001Fellowship Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland 
1996Claremorris Open Exhibition: 3rd Prize, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Ireland
1987Full scholarship: Master of Fine Art, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, US
1983Aughinish Alumina: Outstanding Graduate of the Year Award: Fine Art, Limerick, Ireland
 Bibliography
2019Future Perfect, Cover Image, Poetry Anthology, Poetry Ireland/Trócaire, Dublin 
2016Dunne, A., Eddie Kennedy, Source, Irish Times, March 1st   
2016 O’Sullivan, J.P., Eddie Kennedy, Source, The Sunday Times, February 28th
2014Leach Hughes, C., Eddie Kennedy, Just a Shade, The Sunday Times, November 16th  
2012Dorgan, T., Following the Thread, Thread, hard back catalogue, Hillsboro Fine Art
2012Exon, R., The View from Within, Thread, hard back catalogue, Hillsboro Fine Art
2012Rae, B. A Sense of Life PerpetuatedThread, hard back catalogue, Hillsboro Fine Art
2010O’Byrne, R., Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, Eddie Kennedy, Plurabelle  
2010Molarsky, M., Eddie Kennedy, New Paintings, Art News, March 
2008Eddie Kennedy & John Noel Smith, The Edge of Reason, American Art Collector, September
2008Wayman, S., Life in Tipperary, No.7 
2007Dunne, A., La Mer, Find, hard back catalogue, Hillsboro Fine Art 
2007McGovern, P., A Conversation with the Artist, Find, hard back catalogue, Hillsboro Fine Art 
2000Dunne, A., All the Colour of Carlow, Irish Times, 12th June