2014  Lemon and Passion Fruit    Egg/oil tempera on paper   26 x 38 cm 


Joe Dunne was born in Dublin in 1957 and graduated from
the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1978.

His work has most often remained within the traditional genres
of still life, landscape and portrait painting with occasional forays
into more stylised or abstract pieces. He is equally accomplished
in watercolours, oils and his preferred medium of egg tempera,
and has also successfully explored print making. His paintings
have won prizes at the Arnotts National Portrait Awards and the
Keating McLaughlin Medal, for a group portrait, at the RHA Annual
in 2006. He was awarded 1st prize in the inaugural Davy Portrait
Awards in 2008.

Commissions by the Office of Public Works include his portraits
of former Taoiseach Eamon deValera and of President Mary McAleese.

His work is included in the collections of AXA Insurance Ltd.,
The Royal Dublin Society, The Office of Public Works, Dun Laoghaire
Rathdown County Council, The National University of Ireland at
Maynooth, Ballinglen Art Foundation Archive, The National Self-Portrait
Collection, The Irish Medical Organisation, Dublin Dental School and
Hospital, and The Boyle Civic Collection.

He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and held the position of
Principal of the RHA School of Drawing from 2011-2014.


2018   Bruach  Molesworth Gallery, Dublin 

2016   Near Ocean  Ballinglen Gallery, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo

2015   Life Stilled  RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin

2011   30 Years of Portraits 1980-2010
           Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise.

2009   Recent Works - Paintings from Home
Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin. October 9th - 24th 2009

2007    Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

2004    Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

2001   Scáileanna Gréine (Shadows/Reflections of the Sun)
           RHA Ashford Gallery, Dublin

1990   Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin

1982   Baggot Gallery, Dublin

1980   Sparkasse Bank, Freiburg, Germany



2019             National Gallery of Ireland
                     Zurich Portrait (Highly Commended Award)

2017             Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin
                     Family, Friends & Lovers
                     A celebration of contemporary Irish Portraiture

2017              Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
                      Crazy Jane (92 invited artists)
                      Christmas Miscellany Exhibition

1982 to date 
RHA Annual Exhibitions 
                      (Silver Medal 1986, 
                       Niccolo Caracciolo RHA Awards 1993 and 2001)

2016, 2017    Royal Ulster Academy Annual
                      (Ross’s Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers Watercolour Prize)

2009              RHA Annual Exhibition Axa Insurance Drawing Prize

2008              Davy Portrait Awards - First Prize

2006              RHA Annual Exhibition - Keating McLoughlin Medal

2004               Artist's Residency, Scoil Naithi, Ballinteer, Co. Dublin

2003               Fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation,   
                       Ballycastle, Co. Mayo

                       Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin

2004 to date   Kilcock Art Gallery, County Kildare

1997-2001     Íontas Small Works Exhibition Sligo                                   


1997              Oireachtas, Dublin
                      BP Portrait Awards, National Portrait Galley,

2001              Dundrum Open, Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County
                      Council, Dublin

1995-6          Banquet Exhibitions, Royal Hibernian Academy

1994              Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast

1993-4          National Portrait Awards, Arnotts Dublin -
                      Anniversary Award 1993

1991-3         Íontas, Small Works Exhibitions, Sligo Art Gallery

1990-1         Claremorris Open Exhibition, Co. Mayo

                     National Portrait Awards, Arnotts Dublin - Under
                     35’s Award 1990

1987-8         Oireachtas, Dublin - Life & Pensions Award for
                     landscape 1987


2003   The National University of Ireland, Maynooth 
           Portrait of Dr. Seamus Smith (President NUI  Maynooth)     

2002   The Royal Dublin Society          
           Portrait drawing of Dr. F.J. O’Reilly (Past President RDS)   

2000   Portrait drawing of Mr. R.C. Lewis Crosby (Past President RDS)              
2000   Portrait drawing of Mr. G. Gilbert Butler (Past President RDS)                                        

Office of Public Works             
2001   Official portrait of Her Excellency President MaryMcAleese
Portrait of former Taoiseach Mr. Eamon DeVelera
Portrait of former Chief Justice Mr. Timothy O’Sullivan

An Post - General Post Office  
2000   Olympic Games Four commemorative stamp designs
Democracy Set Four stamp designs
Irish Festivals Two stamp designs
TT Race Irish Winners Four stamp designs in a joint issue
with the Isle of Man Post Office

The Adelaide Hospital, Dublin.
Portrait of Professor David McConnell

Irish Independent Newspapers.
1987   The yacht ‘Irish Independent’ at Fastnet Rock



Dublin Dental School & Hospital
The Irish Medical Organisation
Ballinglen Art Foundation Archive
Irish Management Institute, Dublin
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council
The Mater Private Hospital, Dublin
The Royal Dublin Society
Axa Insurance
Boyle Civic Collection
The National University of Ireland, Maynooth
The Office of Public Works
The Adelaide Hospital, Dublin
National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick University