Ruth O'Donnell







conference of the birds

all is not lost

perfectly ordinary


Ruth O'Donnell began printmaking as a student at the Institut Saint Luc, Brussels (1986-90)
She has been exhibiting consistently in solo and group exhibitions, as well as working on commissions, in Ireland and internationally, for the past 30 years and has been a member of Graphic Studio Dublin since 1991.
In 2014 she was awarded a three-month residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.
Her work is widely collected.

Selected  Exhibitions and events:
St Brigid's Well, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Mews Art Gallery, Clogherhead, Co Louth
  The Art of Home, Graphic Studio with Simon communities of Ireland, CHQ Building, Dublin  
 Diamond Point, Blue House Gallery, Schull, Co Cork    

 Eilís Dillon: language, landscape & legacy Visual Arts Commission, Galway Public Libraries,
A Delicate Blue, Dower House Gallery, Emo Court, Co Laois
The Human Heart
Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
 Among School Children, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
Eva Gore-Booth, Museum of Literature Ireland

Small Wonders a set of 25 small watercolours for dlr Artworks Home
60 Years of Graphic Studio Dublin, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo
Diamond Point, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin

WSI Annual Exhibition, Farmleigh, Dublin
 Impressions 2019, Galway

Discoverprint 19, Green Acres Gallery Wexford
Sixth Silk Road International Art Exhibition, Xi'an, China
Perfectly Ordinary
, solo exhibition of new etchings, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin,
and  Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

Masters of Contemporary Printmaking, Blue House Gallery, Schull
Mór, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin
True Grit,
Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin

Interiors, Blue House Gallery, Schull
Impressions 2017, Galway
Summer Show, Graphic Studio Gallery
Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere
WSI Annual Exhibition
Another Bite of the Cherry, National Botanic Gardens (November)
Hamilton Gallery, Sligo (December)

All is not lost, solo exhibition, Graphic Studio Gallery
Waterbased, Glór, Ennis, Co Clare
Blue House Gallery, Schull, Co Cork
The Connacht Tribune Printworks, Galway
SO Fine Art, Dublin
The Printmakers' Gallery, Drury St, Dublin
Urbis Felicitas, Graphic Studio Gallery
Water Colour Society of Ireland

Finders and Keepers, DLR Lexicon Gallery
Water Colour Society of Ireland, Annual Exhibition, winner of the Adams Award
Impressions 2015
Summer Ensemble, Graphic Studio Gallery
Talk on Sources of Inspiration, National Gallery of Ireland
Session in the Gallery, Tradfest 2015, live printmaking and music event at Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin with musician Nick Roth and sound artist Keith Lindsay

2014  Portes Ouvertes, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
Amárach/Interplay, SO Fine Art Editions, South Anne Street, Dublin 2
Summer Exhibition, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin

2013  A Natural Selection, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Variations on a Theme, Graphic Studio Gallery
WSI Annual Exhibition
Strumpet City, Graphic Studio Gallery
PRESSED, an exhibition of contemporary print, Dun Laoghaire
DLR Open Submission, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire
Limerick Printmakers, Open Submission, Print Show
33rd miniprint exhibition, Cadaqués, Spain

2012  Lines of Descent, solo exhibition, Graphic Studio Gallery
Festival Interceltique Lorient, France
WSI Annual Exhibition

2011  Shades of Light, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, (two-person exhibition, with Gráinne Cuffe),
 Bienal Internacional de Gravura Santos, Brazil,
International Triennial of Small Graphic Forms, Poland - Lodz
31st Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Spain
2010 Surface and Depth, two-person exhibition, with Swedish artist Eva Grytt, Original Print Gallery, Dublin,
RHA Annual Exhibition,  
Graphic Studio Dublin Gallery, 
A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Graphic Studio 50th Anniversary
, Farmleigh,  
Original Print
at Rathfarnham Castle
Lavit Gallery, Cork,
BIG VISION...small works
, Kilcock Art Gallery,
 WSI Annual Exhibition.

2009 Winter Island, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 
Artist's Proof,
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin,  
Making Waves,
Kenny Art Gallery, Galway, 
RHA Annual Exhibition, 
WSI  Annual Exhibition

2008 Little Christmas, Graphic Studio Dublin Gallery, Temple Bar, 
RHA Annual Exhibition, 
Watercolour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition,
Still Life and Landscape,
Droichead Arts Centre,  
The Graphic Studio Goes West,
Kenny's Gallery, Galway

2007 Ruth O'Donnell '07, Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands - solo exhibition,
Ideal Conditions
, Coole Park, Co Galway - audiovisual installation

2006 Observations, Lemon Street Gallery, Dublin - solo exhibition, 
WSI annual exhibition,  
Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin,  
The Burren Wall,
Glór Gallery, Ennis, Co Clare

2005 Tulca - Galway Season of Visual Arts,  
Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, Aran Islands - solo exhibition, 
Gardens of Earthly Delight,
Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, 
5eme Biennale Internationale de Gravure
, Liege, Belgium,

2004 The Cracked Lookingglass, inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, touring to New York and Stockholm -  joint curator, 
RHA annual exhibition,  
Figurative Art Now
, Dun Laoghaire

2003 RHA annual exhibition, 
Figurative Art Ireland
, Dun Laoghaire, 
London Original Print Fair, 
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

2002 Grafiska Sallskapet Gallery, Stockholm,  
Holy Show
, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin,  
Galway Arts Centre,  
Carlow Visual Arts,
Kilcock Art Gallery, Co Kildare - two person exhibition (with Niall Naessens),
Nordens Ljus Gallery, Stockholm

2001 New Works, Graphic Studio Gallery, - solo exhibition,  
Works on Paper,
Lemon Street Gallery, Dublin,  
Black Pool,
Glasgow Print Studios, 
Irish Printmaking
, Galway Art Gallery, 
Graphic Studio Dublin at Konstforum, Norrkoping, Sweden

2000 Flower Show, Lemon Street Gallery, Dublin,
Vital Arts,
Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel,

1999 The Contemporary Print Show, Barbican Centre, London,
International Small Print Exhibition,
Lodz, Poland,

1998  Art/Art
at the National Gallery of Ireland,
The Contemporary Print Show,
Barbican Centre, London

1997 Academy Without Walls, RHA, - selected by critic, Bruce Arnold

1996  Print, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin,  
Academy Without Walls,
RHA, - selected by the Council of the Academy

1995  Graphic Studio Dublin Gallery, three person exhibition, 
Editions Limited Gallery, Liverpool,
Guinness Gallery, Foxrock,
RHA annual exhibition

1994 MOther Ireland, Herbert Museum and Art Gallery, Coventry, 
, RHA, Dublin,  
Beasts from Green
Street East, Kilcock Art Gallery

1993 Academy Without Walls, RHA, selected by Patrick Hickey HRHA,  
Of Cabbages and Kings,
Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, two person exhibition (with Stephen Lawlor)

1992 Art of the State, Dublin Castle, Oireachtas , Dublin,  
The Graduate Show,
UCG and Kenny's Gallery, Galway

1989  La Narration, Artelier, Anderlecht, Brussels