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Clare County Council presents Mick O’Dea: Divided Loyalties


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Mon - Sat 10am - 3pm

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Launches on Friday 8th December at 6pm. Opening address by Professor Kevin Whelan, one of Ireland’s best known and widely published scholars.
An Artist’s tour of the exhibition will take place at 10.30am on Saturday 9th December followed by a double bill screening of The Battlefield by Emile Dinneen and The Ballad of the Crimson Warrior by Mike Hanrahan with post screening Q&A. All Welcome.

Upstairs in glór Gallery │ Runs until Saturday 13th January 2024.
Featured image: Detail from Dan and Brigid by Mick O’Dea

Divided Loyalties by Mick O’Dea PPRHA reflects the artist’s strong interest in the Decade of Centenaries period and this exhibition showcases a number of his works from this period as part of Clare County Council’s Decade of Centenaries programme.

Mick O’Dea was born in Ennis, Co Clare in 1958.  He studied at the National College of Art and Design Dublin, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester where he was awarded a Masters in European Fine Art.  He lectured in NCAD for sixteen years up to 1999 and has acted as an external assessor and lecturer in Art Colleges and Universities in the USA, UK and Ireland.

O’Dea has had numerous exhibitions  and has participated in a wide range of artists residencies in Ireland, the USA and Europe.  The recipient of many awards, his most recent include The Ireland US council / Irish Arts Review Portraiture Award in Dublin and The Royal Ulster Academy Portrait Prize in Belfast.

O’Dea was elected ARHA in 1993, RHA in 1996 and PRHA in 2014.  He was elected to Aosdána in 1996 and elected as a Fellow of the Anatomical Society in 2015 for his contribution to reviving Anatomy as a subject for artists in the newly established RHA School where he was appointed School Principal in 2006.  O’Dea is an Honorary member of The Royal Scottish Academy.

O’Dea has served as a member of The Board of Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland, acting as chairperson of the Acquisitions and Exhibitions Committee from 2014 to 2018.  He is chairperson of the Stamp Design advisory committee and a member of the Philatelic Advisory Committee of An Post.

O’Dea continues his practice as a full time artist since 1999 in Dublin, Mayo and wherever else his work may take him.

This initiative is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries programme.

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