Neil Dunne

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Neil Dunne is an Irish printmaker, specialising in screenprinting. Dunne graduated from NCAD with an Honours BA in Fine Art/Printmaking and Art History in 2014, and received the 2015 – 2017 NCAD post-graduate scholarship. Dunne has since exhibited internationally and in Ireland and has won numerous awards including being short listed for the Student legacy prize at the Hamilton gallery, Sligo (2016) The ‘Clancy Barracks studio residency’ (2016), the AXA Insurance Award (2014), OPW purchase award (2014) and he was also nominated for the NCAD Staff Prize (2013). Dunne was a recipient of the Mary Cawley Travel Bursary in 2013 and spent a summer working at Dieu Donne in Manhattan, New York working with contemporary printmakers and specialist paper makers.

Neil Dunne’s practice explores formations and compositions derived from an inherent involvement with street art and culture and an investigative approach to deciphering the city. Dunne’s artworks are a fundamental exploration of paint, taking influence from his background in printmaking and the tangible, graphic nature of the discipline while exploring the textural and dynamic uses of oil painting; Dunne’s abstracted work alludes to the various attributes of the built environment – the forceful nature it has on our perceptions of space, but also the intricate way in which we negotiate the fabric of our cities. . His work delves into the processes via a diverse use of material within his abstract paintings, using the city as a matrix for his creativity. Dunne uses a series of layers including drawings, photographs and found objects to record and document his experiences and his immediate environment. With this technique his work provokes an abundance of emotional and nostalgic responses through these visuals. His practice becomes a platform for social observation, initiating a physical and imaginary exploration of these spaces.


Solo Exhibitions

2021 Bomb, Hangtough Contemporary, Dublin
2020 Outlier, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2017 Clandestine,  Damn Fine Print, Dublin
2015 Flood/interept, Basic Space, Dublin


Selected Group exhibitions

2021 Constants and Variables, Lisbon
2021 The Ireland Fund, Singapore
2020 FIRST DAYS OF AN ART WORLD, as part of Galway/Circuit 2020, 126 Gallery
2020 The Decameron, New Release Gallery, New York
Spent Rent, Dublin (Opening suspended due to COVID-19)
2020 Making Art: Printmaking, Draiocht, Dublin
2019 Artform, Dunmore East
2019 VUE Art Fair 2019, showing with SO Fine Art Editions, RHA Gallery, Dublin
2019 Painters and Makers – SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2018 Pairs, RARE Gallery, Curated by Sophie Murphy,
2018 VUE Art Fair 2018, RHA Gallery, Dublin,
2018 MAKE READY, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin,
2018 RED EX, curated by SOPHIE MURPHY, Dublin,
2018 Freedom, MART, Dublin 2018
2017 SO Fine Art Winter Show, Dublin
2017 Law Library, annual showcase, Dublin
2017 Discovery, Tara Building, Dublin
2017 MFA Graduate Showcase, NCAD
2017 New Release, SO Fine Art, Dublin
2017 Tara X IVERNA, e Tara Building
2017 Young III, SO Fine Art, Dublin
2016 The Ideas of North, So Fine Art, Dublin
2016 Collective memory, Strand II, Celine Gallery, Glasgow
2016 Collective memory, Brooklyn, New York
2016 Hand Luggage, GSA/NCAD/Wave-Particle group show, Laurieston Arches, Glasgow
2016 Fear, Temple Bar Galleries and Studios
2016 SO Fine Art Summer Show, Dublin
2016 ArtYeats international summer school, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo Legacy, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2016 Hand Luggage, Collaborative show, Steambox, Dublin
2016 UCD/NCConference, UCD science centre, Dublin
2016 101 – 103, NCAD MFA Year 1 Interim Show, Dublin
2016 Young II, SO Fine Art, Dublin
2016 Perennial, Fumbally Exchange, Dublin
2015 Good Tidings, We bring. curated by Elisa Nocente, 1st Year MFA/ADW, Frawleys, NCAD, Dublin
2015 VUE Art Fair 2015 – Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), Dublin
2015 Saw Dust curated by Francis Fay – group show, MART Project Space
2014 Hong Kong Graphic arts esta, HKOP, Hong Kong 2014 NCAD Graduate Degree Show, NCAD, Dublin

Awards, Nominations, and Bursaries

Nominated for the Savills Art Prize 2018 @ RHA
Selected for the ‘Legacy’ exhibition @ Hamilton Gallery, 2016
Kennedy Wilson Clancy Barracks residency 2016
NCAD Post Graduate Scholarship, 2015 – 2017, NCAD, Dublin
Accepted into the Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta, Hong Kong, 2014
OPW Purchase Award for Irish state collection, 2014 Winner of the AXA insurance award 2014
Nominated for NCAD Sta Prize 2013
Finalist in “Your City, Your Print” @ Industry & Co, Dublin 2013
Mary Cawley Travel Bursary 2013

Law Library Collection
UCD Collection
O ce of Public Works, OPW, Dublin. HKOP, Hong Kong.
Various Private Collections

Damn Fine Minds, On-site residency at St Patricks Univer- sity Hospital, June 2016
Kennedy Wilson – Clancy Barracks Studio Residency – 2016 Clancy Barracks, Dublin. Link
MART Project Space 2, Collaborative residency, MART, Dublin, 2015
Dieu Donne – 4 Month Studio internship in Manhattan, New York, 2013