HUGHIE O'DONOGHUE

Hughie O'Donoghue's subjects are history, memory and myth. At the heart of his work is the reimagining of individual lives such as the hardship of itinerant Irish labourers or the experience of his father in the Second World War.


Hughie O'Donoghue


1953
Born Manchester, England

1982
MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London, England

1984-85
Artist in Residence, National Gallery, London, England

2000
Artist in Residence, St. John's College, Oxford, England

2005
Honorary Doctorate, National University of Ireland, Ireland

2006
Art Commissioning Panel, Imperial War Museum, London, England


Selected solo exhibitions

2009
Hughie O'Donoghue. Pharos, James Hyman Gallery, London

2008
Hughie O'Donoghue: The Geometry of Paths, James Hyman Gallery, London

2007
Hughie O'Donoghue: Last Poems, Michael Janssen Gallery, Berlin, Germany
O'Donoghue:On the Rapido: Prints, University Gallery and Baring Wing,

Hughie O'Donoghue, University of Northumbria, Newcastle

2006
Hughie O'Donoghue: Souvenir of St Valery, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
O'Donoghue: The Deep, The Fairgreen Gallery, Galway & Aras-eanna, Inis-oirr (Galway Arts Festival)

2005
Hughie O'Donoghue: The Drunkenness of Noah, Purdy Hicks Gallery
O'Donoghue: Parable of the Prodigal Son, Fenton Gallery, Cork

2004
Hughie O'Donoghue: Fiume, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London
O'Donoghue: Crucifixions, Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh and Callan Friary, Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland

2003
Hughie O'Donoghue: Painting Caserta Red, Imperial War Museum London; Imperial War Museum North Manchester
O'Donoghue: Postcard from Milan and other prints, Purdy Hicks Gallery

2002
Hughie O'Donoghue: Course of the Diver, Purdy Hicks Gallery
O'Donoghue: Course of the Diver, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich

2001
Hughie O'Donoghue: Naming the Fields, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
O'Donoghue: Navigation, Mayo General Hospital

2001-03
Hughie O'Donoghue: Richer Dust, Carborundum Prints and Related Paintings and Drawings 1995-2000, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; Victoria Art Gallery, Bath; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

2000
Hughie O'Donoghue: Musik alter Zeiten (Ancient Music), Galerie Helmut Pabst, Frankfurt
O'Donoghue: Smoke Signals, Purdy Hicks Gallery

1999
Hughie O'Donoghue: Niobe's Children, Galerie Karl Pfefferle, Munich
O'Donoghue: Episodes from the Passion, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
O'Donoghue: Corp, Paintings and Drawings of the Human Body 1984-1998, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

1998-99
Hughie O'Donoghue: Corp, Paintings and Drawings of the Human Body 1984- 1998, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Crossing the Rapido: An Italian Campaign 9 October 1943-29 April 1998 Purdy Hicks Gallery

1997
Hughie O'Donoghue: Via Crucis, Haus der Kunst, Munich
O'Donoghue: A Line of Retreat, Purdy Hicks Gallery, Paintings & Carborundum Prints
O'Donoghue: A Line of Retreat, Galerie Helmut Pabst, Works on Paper
O'Donoghue: A Line of Retreat, Galerie Karl Pfefferle & Rubicon Gallery, Carborundum Prints

Hughie O'Donoghue: Via Crucis, selected works, James O'Donoghue & Co. Gallery, Kilkenny, Carborundum Prints, Cartwright Hall, Bradford

1995
Hughie O'Donoghue:Eigse, Carlow, Ireland

1994
Hughie O'Donoghue: A Painted Passion, Atlantis Gallery, London

1993
Hughie O'Donoghue: 13 Drawings from the Human Body, Jill George Gallery, London

1991
Hughie O'Donoghue, Kilkenny People Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
O'Donoghue, Galerie Helmut Pabst

1989
Hughie O'Donoghue: Crow Paintings, ARCO '89 ICAF, Madrid, Spain
O'Donoghue: Fires, Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London

1987
Hughie O'Donoghue, Galleria Carini, Florence

1986
Hughie O'Donoghue, Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London

1985
Hughie O'Donoghue, National Gallery, London

1984
Hughie O'Donoghue, Air Gallery, London


Selected group exhibitions

2011
Beyond the Human Clay, James Hyman Gallery, London

2010
Modernist Realism. The School of London from Anderews to O'Donoghue, James Hyman Gallery, London

2008
Violence and Sensation: Francis Bacon and the Remaking of Appearance, James Hyman Gallery, London

2007
Then and Now. Works on Paper by Tony Bevan, Glenys Johnson and Hughie O'Donoghue, James Hyman Gallery, London

Always Touched by your Presence, Dear - New Acquisitions, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

2006-7
Bodies of Water Victoria Art Gallery; Southampton City Gallery

2006
Multiple Choice - An Exhibition of Contemporary Printmaking, Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Kettering
Inspiration, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendall

2005
Eye of the Storm, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Prints, University Gallery, University of Northumbria, Newcastle
International Graphic, Biennale

2004
Views from an Island, Contemporary Irish Art from the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Millennium Monument Museum, Beijing: Shanghai Art Gallery

2003
Past Memory/Present Feeling, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, USA
Prints, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Journey, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

2000
Geschichte und Erinnerung Kunst der Gegenwart (History and Memory in Contemporary Art), Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
Centuries of Genius, European Master Printmaking, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Artist's Century, Masterworks and Self Portraits of 20th Century Irish Artists, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
Times of Our Lives: Endings, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester

1999
Graphic! British Prints Now, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut

1998-2000
When Time Began to Rant and Rave: Figurative Painting from 10th Century Ireland, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; University of California Art Museum, Berkeley; Grey Art Gallery &
Study Centre, New York; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbour

1997-98
Last Dreams of the Millennium: The Re-emergence of British Romantic Painting, University Art Gallery, California State University, Stanislaus; Main Art Gallery, California State University, Fullerton; University of Hawaii

1996
Andata e Ritorno: British Artists in Italy 1980-96, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter

1995-96
John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 19, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

1995
Famine, Claremorris, Ireland

1994
Credo, Purdy Hicks Gallery
, Kettles Yard Cambridge and tour

1992
The Figure Laid Bare, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London
Man, The Form and the Spirit, Connaught Brown, London
Open Exhibition, Part I (invited artist), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
British Artists, Galleria de'Serpentini, Rome
and Hell, Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London

1991
Ten Artists in Residence, National Gallery, London

1990
Drawing Show II, Jill George Gallery, London

1989
Ways of Telling, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales
'89, Cleveland UK 9th International Drawing Biennale (Prizewinner)

1988
The Romantic Tradition in Contemporary British Painting, Sala de
, Murcia; Circulo de Belles Artes, Madrid; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
and Beyond, Cleveland Gallery, Middlesbrough
Show I, Jill George Gallery, London

1987
New Year New Work, Fabian Carlsson Gallery, London
Territori dell'Arte: Europa/America, Francavilla al Mare, Italy

1986-87
Open Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London

1986
Works on Paper, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London;
Show, Galleria Carini, Florence, Italy

1984
10 Years at Air, Air Gallery, London

1982-83
Open Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London


Selected Collections


Arts Council
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Ashmolean Museum of Art, Oxford, England
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, ENgland
British Museum, London, England
Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford, England
Cleveland County Museums, Middlesbrough, England
Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, England
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
Huddersfield Art Gallery, Huddersfield, England
Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow, Scotland
The Imperial War Museum, London, England
The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Mayo General Hospital
The National Gallery, London, England
St John's College, University of Oxford, England
Trinity College, Dublin, Irealnd
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
University of Michigan, Museum of Art, Ann Arbour, USA
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, England
Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, England
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA


Selected Publications


Hamilton, J., O'Donoghue, H., Hughie O'Donoghue: painting, meomry, myth, Merrell Publishers Ltd., 2003.

Hartley, C., Hughie O'Donoghue: Richer Dust; Carborundum Prints and Related Paintings and Drawings 1995-2000, Fitzwilliam Museum et al & Purdy Hicks Gallery, 2001.

Hughie O'Donoghue: Carborundum Prints, Arts, Museum and Libraries Division, City of Bradford Metropolitan Council, 1997.

Hughie O'Donoghue: Paintings and Drawings 1983-1986, Fabian Carlsson Gallery, 1986.

Hyman, J., (ed.), Hughie O'Donoghue: Parables, James Hyman Gallery, 2008.

McGonagle, G., O'Donoghue, M., Corp: Paintings and Drawings of the Human Body 1984-1998, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1998.

O'Donoghue, H., Hughie O'Donoghue: Crossing the Rapido, Purdy Hicks Gallery, 1998.

O'Donoghue, H., Fallon, B., A Line of Retreat: Etappen des Ruckzugs, Purdy Hicks Gallery, 1997.

O'Donoghue, H., Fires, Fabian Carlsson Gallery, 1989.

O'Donoghue, H., Hughie O'Donoghue: Episodes from the Passion, RHA - Gallagher Gallery, 1999.

O'Donoghue, H., Hughie O'Donoghue: Course of the Diver, Galerie Karl Pfefferle & Purdy Hicks Gallery, 2002.

O'Donoghue, H., Richer Dust: Carborundum Prints and Related Paintings and Drawings 1994-2000, Purdy Hicks Gallery, 2001.

O'Donoghue, H., (illus.), The Testament of Cresseid, Enitharmon Editions, 2004.

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