The Molesworth Gallery

John Kindness

Odysseus head, enamel, gold-leaf and oil on steel table top, 80cm in diameter




The Death of Herakles, engraved car bonnet with oil scumble, 110 x 133cm




Battle of Gods and Giants (after Pergamon frieze), Enamel, oil and gold leaf on steel computer panel, 35 x 40cm


Kindness is one of the most outstanding Irish artists of his generation. His career to date includes solo exhibitions at the Ulster Museum and the Philadelphia Institute of Contemporary Art, while his work is the collections of the British Museum, The V&A Museum, IMMA and the Hugh Lane.


Curriculum Vitae

Projects and Commissions
2015 Commission for permanent artwork, new exhibition centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Commission to design St. Patrick's Day postage stamp, An Post, Ireland
2013 The Neuro hypothetical currency distributed via museum donation boxes, major public galleries & museums, London & Dublin
2012 Gaswork permanent artwork , docklands, Dublin
2010 The Labour Monument Elmwood Park, Philadelphia
2009 Herakles & the Birds, SOURCE Arts Centre & Library, Thurles, Ireland 2008 Portrait of Elizabeth Meehan Queens University, Belfast
05/06 The Loathly Lady animated opera project with writer Wendy Steiner 2003 Sisters portraits on car bonnets, civic offices, Ballymun, Dublin
3 Orders of Periwigs (after William Hogarth) Bar Library, Belfast
2000 Gay Byrne Wallpaper, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
1999 Bigfish permanent art work Donegall Quay, Belfast
1998 Museum of the Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly, Children’s Hospital, Belfast
Solo Exhibitions
2014 Odysseus, Galway Arts Festival, Ireland
09/10 Belfast Frescoes, with cross-community project, Ulster Museum Belfast 2008 An English Interior Foundling Museum, London
2007 Aristotle Contemplating Laundry, Slate Gallery, Williamsburg, New York
English Pictures, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
2006 Retrospective, 1986-2006 Switch Room, Belfast (now Golden Thread)

2003 Car Paint Portraits, Littlejohn Contemporary, New York
2001 Studio Show British School at Rome
1999 The Savage God Installation in project space, Drawing Centre, New York

1997 John Kindness, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Littlejohn Contemporary, New York
1995 Belfast Frescoes, Ulster Museum, Belfast & Kerlin Gallery Dublin
1992 Treasures of New York Art In General, New York & Kerlin Gallery Dublin

1990 Kindness Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Surface Tension, The Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2015 Mediation on Plates, Irish Pavillion at Expo, Milan
2014 Sectarian Armour, new display, Imperial War Museum, London
Art of the Troubles, Ulster Museum, Belfast
Meditation on Plates, Casino at Marino, Dublin
Re-framing the Domestic in Irish Art, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
2013 Catalyst: Contemporary Art & War, Imperial War Museum
2012 Who do you see when you look at me?, Burren College of Art, Ireland 2011 Peeping Tom (as below) Kunsthal KaDe, Amersfoort, Netherlands
2009 Night Canvass, special showing of an early work at RHA, Dublin

2006 Wandering Rocks, Gimpel Fils, London
2005 Artfutures, Bloomberg Space, London
Wunderkammer, curated by Edward Allington
Caution: Uneven Surfaces, Temporarycontemporary gallery, London Paint on Metal, Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona, U.S.A.
2004 At War, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Spain
Views From An Island, MMM, Beijing, and Shanghai Art Museum, China Time Capsule, Art in General, New York
In the Time of Shaking (with Amnesty International) IMMA, Dublin
2003 Time Capsule, Artists inspired by archaeology, Art In General, New York

Residencies, Fellowships, Awards
2015 Kohler Arts/Industry Award, residency using cast-iron, enamel & ceramics, WI, USA 2014 Gottlieb Foundation award
2003 Pollock Krasner Foundation award
2001 Sargant Fellowship, British School at Rome
1997 Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia
1995 Artist in Residence, Ulster Museum, Belfast 1990 PS1, International studio Program, New York
Odysseus, GalwayArtsFestival
John Kindness, Retrospective On-line catalogue, Switch Room, Belfast, "" Essays: Marianne O’Kane, Wendy Steiner
Belfast Frescoes, Crowquill/Ulster Museum. Essay: Ciaran Carson
Kindness, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Essay: John Carson
Treasures of New York, Kerlin Gallery/A.C.N.I. Essays: Lucy Lippard, David Sandlin.
Selected Public Collections
British Museum, London
Boston Museum of Fine Art, U.S.A.
British Council, U.K.
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, U.S.A. Imperial War Museum, London
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Victoria & Albert Museum, London

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