Patrick O’Reilly Bio

Patrick O’Reilly (b. 1957 Kilkenny, Ireland) is a highly acclaimed Irish artist who studied at the Belfast school of Art. He has since achieved international fame for his innovative and dynamic visual works, having exhibited throughout Ireland & Internationally for over two decades.
His work is included in many international museums and important private collections & in 1996 he had a solo exhibition in the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery in Dublin. His has also won many awards including the RHA sculpture prize.

O’Reilly’s works are not only philosophical expressions of thoughts and experiences but also reflect his feelings, emotions, and personality. Monumental large-scale public commissions have allowed his sculptures to become much loved parts of the local landscape particularly in Ireland, with prominent sculptures standing outside the 3 Arena, Adare Manor, Burlington Road & Sandycove, Dublin. However, his work can be found all over the world including, a Strolling Bear in Paris and a bear wearing a tutu in Cape Town (Castle of Goodhope, 2004).

O’Reilly is represented by many major galleries including the Mayor Gallery, London, Gallery Vallois in Paris and Friedman Gallery on Maddison Avenue, New York. In addition, he has exhibited at prestigious international art fairs including Tefaf in Maastricht, At Basel & Art Miami.
O’Reilly now lives and works between studios in Dublin, Venice, Madrid and the Auvergne.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Patrick O’Reilly at Dargle Cottage, Enniskerry, Dublin
Kintsugi, Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin
2018  In Search of Lost Time Gallery Vallois
2016 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Vallois, Paris
2015 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Vallois, Paris
 Prelude, Galway International Arts Festival
2014 Solo Exhibition, Galerie Vallois, Paris
2013 Solo Exhibitions, China and Taiwan.
2013 New Works in Bronze, Friedman & Vallois, New York
2013 The Consideration of the Planets, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2011 Pillars of Society, Galerie Vallois, Paris
2010 Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2010 The Drunkenness of Things Being Various, Yello Gallery, Dublin
2009 Inside Nothing’s Change, YMA Gallery, Vienna
2009 Distant Memory, Le Café Français, Brussels
2008 Sculptures, Galerie Vallois, Paris
2007 New Work, Hotel Tastellet, Marseilles
2007 New Work, Mullan Gallery, Belfast
2006 Bears and Candies, Galerie Vallois, Paris
2005 Outdoor Sculpture, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2004 In Search of Lost Rhyme, The Mayor Gallery, London
2004 New Work, Galerie Vallois, Paris
2002 Come With Me, Galerie Het Cleyne Huys, The Hague
2001 Men With Pointy Hats, The Mayor Gallery, London
2000 Object – Installation, Galerie Kyra Maralt, Berlin
1999 Nouveau Baroque, Galerie Piltzer, Paris
1999 L’Homme qui Marche, Pallais Royale, Jardin de Louvre, Paris
1998 A Not So Still Life, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
1998 New Work, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
1998 Various Postulations, Galway Arts Centre, Galway
1998 Art for Sale, Street Performance, Dublin
1998 A Broken Wing, The Mayor Gallery, London
1997 The Loss of Love, Galerie Piltzer, Paris
1997 The Marching Hare, Ormeau Baths, Belfast
1997 The Sole Agent, The Model Arts Centre, Sligo
1997 The Porcelain Drum, The Mayor Gallery, London
1996 A Silent Scream, The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
1996 The Monkey Trap, Galway Arts Festival


2020  Stockholm Art Fair
London Art Fair
Art Source R.d.s. Dublin
V.u.e.   R.h.a. Dublin
London Art Fair
Art Source R.d.s. Dublin
V.u.e.  R.h.a.  Dublin
Boyle Arts Festival
Wexford Opera Festival
2018 Gormleys Fine Art at London Art Fair
2017     Art Fair Battersea
2017 Gormleys Fine Art at VUE RHA
2017 Gormleys Fine Art at Affordable Art Fair Battersea
Numerous years in Tefaf, Maastricht; Art Basel, Switzerland; Art Miami, Florida; Fiac, Paris

Selected Exhibitions and Projects

2021 Art and Soul, Culloden Hotel, Belfast
Art In The Garden Culloden Hotel, Belfast
2019 Art In The Garden, Russburrogh House
2017 Gormleys Fine Art Christmas Exhibition
 Three Wise Men, The Mayor Gallery, London
2016 FORM16 Silent Expression, Ballymaloe House, Cork
2015 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Carton House, Kildare
2013 Musketeers Bear, Parc Cyrano de Bergerac, Paris
2013 Giant Haystack, Installation, Drumcondra
2012 Large Scale Installation, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
 RHA Sculpture Prize
2009 Three Bears, O2, Dublin
2009 Project for Suzou, China
2008 Bear, Copelouzos Museum, Athens, Greece
2007 The Maeve, Burlington Road, Dublin
2006 RHA Sculpture Prize
2006 Public Commission, Dublin City Council
2006 Heading into Town Bear, Grafton Street, Dublin
2003 Horse Father Mathew Project, Smithfield, Dublin
2000 L’Art du Jardin, Smithfield, Paris
2000 L’Homme qui Marche, The Hague, Netherlands
2000 Souvenirs d’enfance, Oyennax, France
1999 La Renaissance du Bijou, Galerie Piltzer, Paris
1999 20th Century British Sculpture, The Hague, Netherlands
1999 Liberties Rocket, Dublin
1999 DJ, Kilkenny Arts Festival
1999 O’Connell Street Project for Rutland School, Dublin
1999 Still Searching, City Theatre, Galway
1998 Art by the Yard, Performance, Dublin
1998 Bird, Street Sculpture, O’Connell Street, Dublin
1998 The Boundary Kings, Street Sculpture, Dublin

Patrick has worked on various commissions and projects with Macnas Theatre, Galway, most notably in 1998 ‘Diamonds in the Soil’ and in 2000 ‘The Lost Days of Ollie Deasy’.

Patrick’s works are on permanent display at the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin and are included in important art collections throughout the world.