Kate Mac Donagh

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Kate Mac Donagh is a Sligo born artist currently living and working in Dublin. She studied at the Limerick School of Art & Design, Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid and at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York. She is an abstract artist whose work explores dualities of light and dark, scale and ephemerality, stillness and movement, the spectral and the material. Since spending time in Japan throughout the last six years, Kate’s primary focus is on water-based woodcut (Mokuhanga) and water colour painting. From carving wood blocks to making prints, the carvings have taken on a new dimension becoming sculptural objects in themselves.

Mac Donagh has exhibited in Ireland and internationally, including Waseda University, Tokyo, the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, MI-LAB CfSCHE Gallery, Tokyo and the Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. Her work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, Spain, Slovenia, USA and Japan. She is a recipient of numerous commissions and artist residencies including Cill Rialaig Artists’ Retreat, Co, Kerry, the Colony of Painters, Islake, Slovenia, and the MI-LAB Lake Kawaguchi Artists Residency Program, Japan.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 Winter Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2023 Winter Exhibition, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2023 Decennium, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2023 Kwaidan, Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Matsue, Japan
2023 Global Dimensions, Mokuhanga Invitational, Walla Walla, Washington State, USA
2023 EXPANDED, Graphic Studio Dublin, Ireland
2023 MOR, Graphic Studio Dublin, Ireland
2022 Wood, Paper, Ink, Richard F Brush Gallery, St. Lawerence University, Canton, NY, USA
2022 Between Worlds: Mokuhanga Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, New York
2022 192nd RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2021 The World Between the Block and the Paper, Southern Vermont Arts Center, USA
2021 Kanreki International Mokuhanga Conference, Nara, Japan
2021 SILENCE, Graphic Studio, Dublin
2021 Battle of the Book, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2021 Sumi Fusion: Mokuhanga & Nara, Japan
2021 191st RHA Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland
2021 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London
2021 ‘Moving Still’, Solo Exhibition, Graphic Studio Dublin & Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, Ireland
2021 Summer Show, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland
2021 ‘FAR IN FAR OUT’, Cairde Arts Festival, Sligo, Ireland
2020 Hida-Takayama, International Contemporary Woodblock-Prints Triennale
2020 Diamond Point, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2020 Kanreki, The Model, Sligo
2020 Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London
2020 London Original Print Fair, London
2020 Our Colours, DLR County Collection, Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire
2020 Summer Exhibition, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2019 Solo Exhibition, Foyer Gallery, The Model, Sligo
2019 Somewhere in Between, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2019 Light/Shade, CfSHE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2019 Impressions, Printmaking Biennial, Galway, Ireland
2019 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast
2019 Echoes, Maria Simmonds-Gooding & Kate MacDonagh, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2019 St Brigid’s Day Contemporary Exhibition, 90 Women Artists, 12 Star Gallery, London
2018 The Lighthouse & The Sea, Impact 10 Encuentro, Santander, Spain
2018 RUA 137th Annual Exhibition, Belfast
2018 Summer Show, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
2018 Japan WYPW, West Yorkshire, England
2018 Walking Birds’ Mountain, The Factory, Sligo
2018 An Irish Airman Forsees His Death, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2018 Gathering, Boyle Arts Festival, Co. Roscommon
2018 Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo. (Received The Model Cara residency award)
2018 Nebensonnen, Seidlvilla, Munich, Germany
2018 MI-LAB/CFSHE Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2017 Royal Ulster Academy 136th Annual Exhibition, Belfast, Ireland
2017 EFA RBPMW Annual Members Show, New York, U.S.A
2017 Pier Printers Unframed , Filmbase, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
2017 CISHE Gallery 3331 Arts Chryoda, Tokyo, Japan
2017 MISA, St James Hospital, Dublin
2017 Beauty of Mokuhanga: Discipline & Sensibility, IMC, Hawaii, USA
2017 RHA: 187th Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin
2017 A Lonely Impulse of Delight, Geidei University, Tokyo