ARTIST John Keating

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The human spirit carves itself upon the face and I love to try to capture it on a second of its journey.

John Keating was born in Tipperary. He studied at Crawford College of Art Cork, Trinity College Dublin, Loughborough University and attended the Arts Students League of New York as a Fulbright scholar and his work has received international acclaim. He has exhibited with world renowned artists including Lucien Freud, Giacomo Manzu, Rainer Fetting, Enzo, Cucchi, KK Hodicke, Arnulf Rainer and Hermann Albert. Keating has been awarded over 25 awards including a Gold Medal of Honour at the Olympic Fine Art London.


Self-portrait in this Time
by John Keating

Kindly sponsored by the Arts Council | An Chomhairle EalaĂ­on. Music by Assaf Ayalon “Dancing Trees”.

“Keating does not mould the light to stress forms but to give plasticity to the enigma of the vision and of man’s memory.”
– Fausto Lorenzi

In studio with John Keating

ARTIST’S Accolades


  • Art Students League Scholarship New York

  • Pollock – Krasner Foundation Awards for Painting, USA

  • Fulbright Cultural Enrichment Award, USA

  • Gold Medal XXV Survey of Painting Bergamo Italy

  • Commendation, XXI Prix International D’Art Contemporani de Monte Carlo, Monaco

  • Gold Medal of Honour, Olympic Fine Art, London

  • Art Water Cube Cup Award, Water Cube International Beijing China

  • Culture Ireland Awards

  • Department of Foreign Affairs Award, Ireland

  • Arts Council Awards, Ireland

  • I.A.V.I. President’s Award for Drawing Watercolour Society of Ireland Exhibition

  • Segnalato Della Giuria, XXXIV Rassegna Di Pittura, Bergamo


  • XXII International American Bi-centennial Exhibition, Gallerie Interrnationale, New York, USA

  • XXIV International Drawing Prize Exhibition, Miro Foundation, Barcelona

  • 100 Works on Paper, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taiwan ROC

  • XXI Prix International D’Art Contemporain de Monte Carlo

  • XXII Prix International D’Art Contemporain de Monte Carlo

  • Fierra D’Arte Internazionale Modema e Contemporanea Turin Italy

  • XXV Survey of Contemporary Art Vertova Bergamo Italy

  • National Concourse of Painting Brembilla Vertova Italy

  • Rittrati A Testori, Museo, Casa Dei Carraresi Treviso Italy

  • XX National Survey of Drawing Nova Milanese Italy

  • XV Triennale Internazionale D’Arte Sacra, L’Aquila Abruzzo Italy

  • Nus, La Galerie Beckel, Odille, Bolcos, Paris

  • Giovanni Testori, Un Ritratto L’Omaggio 40 Artisti Contemporanei Legnano, Palazzo Leone da Perego, Italy

  • The First Beijing International Art Biennale, Millennium Monument Art Museum, China

  • International Nordic, Baltic Modern Watercolour Symposium and Exhibition, Zvartava Castle, Latvia

  • This Capricious and Beloved Aquarelle, Draakoni Galleri, Tallinn Estonia

  • Olympic Fine Arts (OFA) 2012, Barbican Centre, London

  • Stemperando, 5th Edition International Biennale of Works on Paper, National Libraries of Turin, Cosenza, Rome

  • 2nd Art Water Cube Cup International Painting and Calligraphic Exhibition, Water Cube Beijing

  • Mani, Solo Exhibition Galleria Marsiglione, Lake Como, Italy

  • Fragments, Alley Arts Centre, Strabane, Tyrone

  • La Tavola del Vivere, del Convivere, Sala D’Arte, Palazzo Bovara, Event Expo, Milan

  • Opere dalla Collezione Bocca, Liberia Bocca Galleria Emmanuelle, Event Expo, Milan

  • Works on Paper, Compagnia del Disegno, Milan

  • Ritratti a Testori, Sala D’Arte Palazzo Bovara, Milan

  • Group Exhibition, Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin

  • Drawing Studies Exhibition, National Gallery of Ireland

  • XV Triennale Internazionale D’Arte Sacra

  • Immagine Femminile Viaggio Senza Fine, Figurano Artisti le Sale Dell’Arte, Palazzo Bovara Milano

  • § International Exhibition Qing Zhou Shandong Province China


His work is included in private and public collections in Ireland, the U.S.A., Australia, Italy, Greece and England. Keating has guest lectured and tutored on the drawing studies course at the National Gallery of Ireland, National College of Art and Design, Dublin Institute of Technology and at the University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.

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