Mick Mulcahy, aosdana, is one of Ireland's foremost artists. His distinctive iconography draws on his extensive travels with primitive peoples as well as personal experience. His expressive use of colour and bold graphic style are instantly recognisable and no history of Irish art of the late 20th and 21st century would be complete without a page devoted to his work. 

Beyond these shores, Mulcahy has received many honours and his work has been exhibited and collected throughout the world, including New-York, London, Paris, Brussels and the Museum of Modern Art in Seoul. Mulcahy represented Ireland at the Sydney Biennale and his work is held in several Irish embassy collections. He has illustrated two books of poetry for Irish President, Michael D. Higgins.


1952       Born in Cork, Ireland.
1969       Crawford School of Art
1970-73  National College of Art and Design

1981       Gorey Arts Centre, Ireland
1982       Lincoln Gallery, Dublin
1983       Project Arts Centre, Dublin
1984       Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
1985       Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1986       Octagon Gallery, Belfast, Ireland
1987       Taylor Galleries, Dublin
1988       Le Grand Marche, Timbuchtou, Mali
1989       Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
1990       Triskel Art Ventre, Cork, Ireland
1991       Taylor Galleries Dublin
1994       ‘Do-gong’ Series, Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin
1995       Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland
1996       Cill Rialaig Gallery, Dublin
1997       Ateliers Ports Ouverts dans le Marais, Paris
1999       Galerie Médiart, Paris
2000       National Opera Festival Exhibition, Pigyard Gallery, Ireland
2002       National Opera Festival Exhibition, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
2003       Cill Rialaig, Kerry, Ireland
2004       Portumna and Blue Leaf Gallery, Ireland
2005       Irish Embassy, Brussells
2006       National Opera Festival Exhibition, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford, Ireland
2008       National Opera Festival Exhibition, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
2009       Kilkenny Arts Week, Kilkenny, Ireland
2010       National Opera Festival Exhibition, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
2011       Listowel Writers Week, Festival Exhibition, Ireland
2013       Gaslamp Gallery, Gorey, Ireland
2014       The Strand Gallery, Dunmore East, Ireland
2017       Art on Paper, Pier 36, New York
2018       Editions Atelier Clot, Bramson & George, 

2018       Pigyard Gallery, Wexford.

The Arts Council Ireland
Contemporary Irish Arts Society, Dublin
Trinity College Dublin
Ulster Museum, Belfast, Ireland
Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork
Department of An Taoiseach (Prime Minister)
Australian National Gallery
European Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Living Art award to make a film, ’Silver Fish’
First Prize for drawing, S.A.D.E., Cork, Ireland
 Art Council material grant
Arts Council Aosdana honor
Department of Foreign Affairs travel grant for Sydney Biennale
First Prize for painting, Townsville Arts Society, Australia