The Molesworth Gallery

Joe McGill

Guilt ~ granite, leather suitcase handle ~ 11 inches in height (private collection)


__James White, the former director of the National Gallery of Ireland, was one of the first to recognise Joe Mcgill's unique artistic vision, writing at the time of the artist's debut solo show that "the primary impulse was a desire to get away from all the influences and movements that abound in modern art. He was not satisfied with any exploration of existing methods of painting or sculpture until he got on the track of these remarkable little images, so poignant and austere, his own private visual poetry."
__The art critic Dorothy Walker has said of Mcgill that he "is an artist who makes exquisite, delicate, three-dimensional reliefs on a tiny scale, using actual objects to infuse his sophisticated metaphors with fresh, even startling, visual relevance. Realism can sometimes be confused with a certain brutalist approach to the subject matter, but Mcgill’s realism is entirely poetic, and his selection of tiny objects to carry quite a serious weight of ideas shows a particularly sure instinct that is becoming ever more skilled."


Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 This Is Not About Anything, It's About Something Else, Galleria ArtFrida, Helsinki, Finland
2013 Window, Diivari Kopi, Helsinki Finland
2011 In The Presence Of Absence, Galleria Be19, Helsinki Finland
2006 Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2006 Kalevala Suite Galleria Be19, Helsinki Finland
2003 Galleria Be19, Helsinki Finland
2002 Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
1999 Performance, Kathrine Von Bora Museum, Torgau Germany
1992 The Looking Glass Sees Not & is Content, LedisFlam Gallery, New York
1991 Food for Thought, LedisFlam Gallery, New York 1990 The Greatest Show On Earth, Limerick University, Limerick
1989 The Greatest Show On Earth, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin


Zencube ~ Rubic cube, wooden box (private collection)


Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Permanently Temporary with Michele Souter, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2015 Joulunäyttely,Galleria ArtFrida, Helsinki Finland
2015 Fridan Kesä,Galleria ArtFrida, Helsinki Finland
2015 Landscape Metroplis, Rathenau-Hallen, Berlin Germany
2014 Fridan Kesä, Galleria ArtFrida, Helsinki Finland
2013 Heti Mukaan Works On The Go, Galleria BE19, Helsinki Finland
2013 Painting and Drawing, Newtownbarry House Gallery, Bunclody Co Wexford Ireland
2012 Christmas Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2009 R.H.A. Annual, RHA Gallery, Dublin
2005 Winter Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2004 Cavanacor Gallery, Lifford, Donegal
2003 50 x50 Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2003 Dunlavin Festival of Art, Wicklow
2003 Winter Exhibition, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2002 Dunlavin Festival of Art, Wicklow
2002 20 x 20 Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
2000 Winter Exhibition, Cross Gallery, Dublin
1998 Claremorris Open Exhibition, Claremorris, Co.
1996 International Print Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
1996 Winter Exhibition, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
1995 Club 10a, Moscow, Russia
1995 IONTAS Small Works Exhibition, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo
1995 R.H.A. Annual, RHA Gallery, Dublin 1995 Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
1994 ARIS, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin
1993 EV+A, Limerick City Gallery,
1992 Group Exhibition, LedisFlam Gallery, New York
1992 Chicago Art Fair, Chicago, USA
1991 Group Exhibition, LedisFlam Gallery, New York
1989 G.P.A. Emerging Artists Awards, Limerick City Gallery, Limerick
1988 G.P.A. Emerging Artists Awards, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
1987 Annual N.C.A.D. Exhibition











Ducks ~ dental impression trays (private collection)


Farmleigh House, Ireland; National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland; Arts Council Collection of Ireland; Leonard Cohen Collection, USA; John Hunt Collection, Limerick; Dorothy Walker Collection, Ireland; Vera List Collection, New York, USA ; Joseph D. Masheck Collection, New York, USA ; James Joyce Tower Museum, Dublin, Ireland; Holocaust Museum, University of Minnesota, USA; James White Collection, Ireland; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; Kathrine Von Bora Museum, Torgau, Germany ; Carr Communications Ltd. Collection, Ireland.

1993 1st. Prize, 16” x 12” Competition, Pantheon Gallery, Dublin
1991 Department of Foreign Affairs Grant
1991 Arts Council Travel Grant
1990 Aer Lingus Travel Grant

1994 & 1995 Schola Internat, Moscow Orphanage No. 24, Moscow, Russia

Projects & Public Works
1998 Madonna and Child, Bawnouge Church, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin
1998 Mural for Mostar, The Ark, Temple Bar, Dublin
1996 Painting Workshop, Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina
1996 The Rainbow Truck, The Ark, Dublin
1992 Dreams, City Arts Centre, Dublin

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