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Charles Harper RHA

Born
1943 Valencia Island, Co Kerry, Ireland

Studied
1958-9 Studied Film Making at Fisherkoesen Film Studios, Bonn, Germany
1961-7 National College of Art, Dublin, Limerick School of Art,
1965-6 Awarded Study/Scholarship at the Dublin Graphic Studio.
1967-8 Studied Principles of Teaching, NCAD, Dublin.

One Man Exhibitions
1966 Thomond Gallery, Limerick
1967 Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
1968 Brown Thomas Gallery, Dublin
1969 No information available
1970 Gerald Davis Gallery, Dublin
1971 Gerald Davis Gallery, Dublin
1972 Lantern Theatre Gallery, Dublin
1973 No information available
1974 Emmet Gallery, Dublin: United Arts Club, Dublin: Grafikuset Futura AC, Stockholm, Sweden
1975 The Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin
1976 The Kevin Gallery, Limerick: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast
1977 No information available
1978 The Funge Arts Centre, Gorey, Co Wexford: The Tom Caldwell Gallery Dublin: The Stone Art Gallery, Co. Galway
1979 The Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin: The Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
1980 Allied Irish Banks, Limerick: Retrospective exhibition, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny: The Kenny Gallery, Galway
1981 The Tara Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland: The Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin
1982 The Triskel Arts Centre, Cork
1983 Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick: The Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin
1984 No information available
1985 No information available
1986 The Grafton Gallery, Dublin
1987 Foynes Library Gallery, Co. Limerick: Newcastlewest Library, Co Limerick: United Arts Club, Dublin: Bank of Ireland, (Citizens II), Dublin: Carroll Gallery, Longford
1988 The Doolan Moore Gallery, Athlone: Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford
1989 United Arts Club, Dublin
1990 Carroll Gallery, Longford: Riverrun Gallery, Four Views, Limerick
1991 Riverrun Gallery, Four Views, Dublin: Carroll Gallery, Longford:
1992 Claremorris Residency Exhibition, Co Mayo. Vanguard Gallery, Macroom Co Cork: Carroll Gallery, Longford
1993 Rigas Gallery Riga, Latvia: Hallward Gallery, Dublin: United Arts Club, Dublin
1994 No one-man Shows this year
1995 Hallward Gallery, Dublin
1996 The Vanguard Gallery, Macroom, Co Cork: Dolmon Gallery, Limerick.
1997 Hallward Gallery, Dublin. The United Arts Club, Dublin.
1998 St Johns Heritage Arts Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry. A Retrospective, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo Travelling to Limerick & Cork. Hallward Gallery, Dublin.
1999 No one-man shows
2000 Belltable Arts Center Limerick
2001 Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2002 No one-man shows
2003 Chris Doswell Gallery, Limerick
2004 Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2005 Hallward Gallery, Dublin
2006 United Arts Club, Dublin, Russell Gallery, Co Clare
2008 Gormleys, Dublin
2008  Gormleys Fine Art, Belfast. (April/May)

2009             Gormley Fine Art, Dublin

2010             United Arts Club, Dublin,
Russell Gallery, Co Clare


Group Exhibitions
1961 Irish Artists Winter Exhibition, Limerick
1962 Irish Artists Winter Exhibition, Limerick
1963 Young Irish Artists Foundation, (Travelling)
Irish Artists Winter Exhibition, Limerick
1964 Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin: Irish Artists Winter Exhibition, Limerick
1965 Dante Divine Comedy Competition and Exhibition, (Awarded First Prize), Italian Institute, Dublin: Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin: Young Irish Artists Foundation, (Travelling): Young Irish Artists Foundation, (Travelling)
1966 Commemoration of 1916 Rising Competition & Exhibition, (Awarded First prize artist under 25 years. Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin: Irish Artists Winter Exhibition, Limerick
1967 Irish Artists, Boston, USA: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: Dutch/Irish Artists Exhibition, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin: First International Triennale, New Delhi, India
1968 Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin
1969 Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Cork: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin
1970 Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin
1971 Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin
1972 Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, (Awarded) Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin
1973 Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibitio1974 Writers Week Exhibition, Listowel, (Awarded) Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin.
1975 No information available
1976 Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: Listowel Graphics, Co.Kerry
1977 Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin, Belfast & Letterkenny: Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick.
1978 7 Irish Artists, Stockholm, Sweden: Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin
1979 Harper-Meagher-Walsh Show, Galway: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: Independent Artists, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin: Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick:
1980 Grafika 2 Ireland, Dublin: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: Claremorris Art Exhibition, Co. Mayo: Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick: Works on Paper, Angela Flowers Gallery, London: Limerick Based Artists, Stone Gallery, Galway: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: 2nd International Print Biennial, Listowel
1981 Drawing Towards, (Arts Council Touring Exhibition): Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: 6 Limerick Artists, (Touring): Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick: Gallery Artists, Caldwell, Dublin: Listowel Open Graphics, Kerry: A Personal Choice, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick
1982 ARTDER Muestra Internacional de Obera Grafica, Bilboa, Spain: AND PRINT, Waterloo Gallery, London: Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick: Limerick Artists, Kilkenny & Blesington: 153rd Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin: Claremorris Art Exhibition, Co Mayo: Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: Six Limerick Artists, (Touring): SADE 82 Cork: Art in Schools (Touring): EXPOS, Clonmel Co Tippperary
1983 BELTINE, Quimper, France: Art in Schools 5, (Touring mid west):Plassy Art Days, All+10 Sorts, Limerick University: TCD Collection, DH Gallery, Dublin: Independent Artists Exhibition, Dublin: Gallery Artists, Hammerquist Gallery, New York: ART EXTRA 83, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: George Dawson Collection, Dublin
1984 Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: Staff Only, City Art Gallery, Limerick: Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin: Independent Artist's Exhibition, Dublin: SKIBB 84, Co Cork: Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick: Gallery Artists, Hammerquist Gallery, New York:
1985 All+10 Sorts, NIHE, Limerick & Ennis: Simon Art Auction, Galway: Independent Artist's Exhibition, Dublin & Belfast: Irish Artists, The Gallery, Ennis: SKIBB 85, Co Cork
1986 Miniature Art, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada: Murray/Harper, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick: Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin: Irish Artists, Lisdoonvarna, Co Clare: Irish Printmakers, Cuba, (Touring): Claremorris Art Exhibition, Co Mayo: 26th Independent Artist's Exhibition, Guinness Hop Store, Dublin: NCAD Decade Show 1975-85, Hob Store, Dublin
1987 Independent Artist's Exhibition, Dublin: Exhibition of Visual Art, Limerick: Citizens II, Bank of Ireland, Dublin: Western Artists, Time Stone Gallery, Touring Ireland & Australia: Claremorris Art Exhibition, Co Mayo: DISPOSITIONS 87, Brussels, Belgium: Munster Fine Art Society, Cork: Living Landscape 87 Skibbereen & Cork: Riverrun Gallery Inauguration Show, Limerick: Western Artists, Galway
1988 Arts Forum Exhibition, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. Trees of Life, Touring Ireland :Western Artists, Touring Australia:
1989 National Self Portrait Collection, Dublin: Trees of Life, IMMA, Dublin & Donegal: Gallery Artists, Riverrun Gallery, Dublin
1990 National Self Portrait Collection, Belfast: Irish & Soviet Contemporary Art Exhibition, Dublin: ART DAYS, University of Limerick, Limerick: Southern Artists Exhibition Lavitts Quay Gallery, Cork:
IONTAS, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo: Limerick Schools Project Auction, Limerick: George Moore Memorial Exhibition Clare Morris Art Gallery,Claremorris, Co. Mayo: IMPRESSIONS III , Galway Arts Festival, Galway:
STARPTAUTISKAIS AKVARELISTU PLENERS, Cecis Art Museum, Latvia, USSR: CESU Plenera, Riga, Latvia: Irish Writers by Irish Artists, Kenny Gallery, Galway: XMAS Exhibition, United Arts Club, Dublin: The Irish Figuratists, George Gallery, Dublin & Smiths Gallery, London:
1991 Gateway to Art, AER Rianta Arts Festival, Dublin Airport, Dublin: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin: Gallery Artists, Riverrun Galleries, Limerick, Dublin & Galway
1992 Oireachtas Art Exhibition, (Invited) Dublin: Gallery Artists, Riverrun Galleries, Limerick, Dublin & Galway: Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin: Starptautiskais Akvarelistu, Pleners, Cecis Art Museum, Cecis, Latvia. Western Artists '92, Shannon Airport, Co Clare.
1993 Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin: Starptautiskais Akvarelistu, Pleners, Cecis Art Museum, Cecis, Latvia: Erasmus European Artists Exhibition, University of Kingston, London: 4 Limerick Painters, Dolan Moore Gallery, Athlone: Gallery Artists, Stone Art Gallery, Co Galway: Schools Project Auction, Limerick & Cork: Monaghan Open Boyle Arts Festival: Iontas, Sligo: Erasmus European Artists Exhibition, Southmayor, Spain: To The Baltic & Back, Irish Life Centre, Dublin. Monaghan Open Exhibition, The County Museum Gallery.
1994 Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin: Living Landscape, Skibbereen, Limerick & Dublin. An tOireachtas, Guinnes Hops Store, Dublin.
1995 "Altered States" Exhibition, ( Art's Council Travelling Exhibition) RHA Dublin. Print Celebration Exhibition, Belltable and Dolman Gallery Limerick, Schools Project, Limerick & Cork. Danny's Cafe, Limerick. Oireachtas Art Exhibition, (Invited), Dublin. Group Exhibition, Castletroy Park Hotel, (Greenlane Gallery) Limerick
1996 Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin: Limerick Printmakers, Berlin. Irish Artists, Lithuania
1997 The Art of the Book, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Aer Rianta, Dublin. Iontas, Dublin,
Belfast & Skibereen, Co.Cork. Summer Show, 167th Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin:Hallward Gallery. Irish Printmakers, Hallward Gallery, Dublin. Irish Artists, Czech Republic. Iontas. Dublin, Belfast & Skibberene. Dunlavin Festival of Arts. Academy without walls,RHA Banquet Exhibition, Dublin. COE 97 Claremorris, Co. Mayo. Limerick Printmakers, Dolman Gallery, Limerick, Limerick Printmakers, El Centro de
Desarrollo de las Artes plasticas, Havana, Cuba.
1998 RHA Banquet Exhibition, Dublin. Hallward Gallery Summer Show, Remember Kemmy, Limerick City Art Gallery. EV+A, Limerick City Gallery of Art. Art for Omagh Auction, National Concert Hall, Dublin. Art of the State, 1998 New Directions 1970-1985 The Basement Gallery Town Hall Dundalk. Dunlavin Festival. Iontas, Sligo. Christmas Exhibition 1998, Sligo Art Gallery. Christmas Exhibition, Hallward Gallery, Dublin. John Shinnors Selects, Lavit Gallery, Cork. Buntus, Ardara, Co. Donegal. Lithuanian Show, Tig Fili, Cork.
1999 RHA, Dublin. LSAD Print Auction, Limerick. Boyle Arts Festival 1999(Invited). Hallward Summer & Christmas Exhibitions. IONTAS, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo
2000 Greenlane show at Parkway Hotel. 170th Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin:, Anthony Cronin Show, Claremorris. Cats, Sligo Art Gallery.
2001 *RHA, Dublin. *Christmas Show, RHA, Dublin. *Group Show, Cavanacor Gallery, Lifford, Co Donegal. *FITZGERALD HARPER SHINNORS SLADE Vangard Gallery, Cork. * As I See Myself, Hunt Museum, Limerick. *OPENING exhibition, Galway Art Gallery. Galway, *CASE, Lavett Gallery Cork. *RHA Banquet Show RHA Gallery, Dublin. *Hallward Summer Show, Dublin.
2002 14 Artists One Place, Holter Museum of Art, Montana, USA. Time… 150 years Celebration staff of LSAD, Church Gallery, LSAD/LIT, Limerick, 173rd.Royal Hiberninian Academy, Dublin:
2003 Claremorris Open, (Past prisewinners) Co Mayo. Irish Art, Walton Gallery, London. New Gallery Opening, Gallery Artists, Greenlane Gallery, Dingle. Postcards 2003, West Cork Arts Centre. ). Dunlavin Art Festival. Hallward Summer & Christmas Exhibitions, Dublin. Art for Amnesty, Dublin. Artists from the West of Ireland, The Osborne Studio Gallery, London. Tom Caldwell Memorial Exhibition, Springfield, Lisburn, Northern Ireland.
The Great Blasket Island Inspired, Greenlane Gallery, Dingle, Co Kerry. Irish Art, Wexford Vocational College, Wexford.
2004 Dunlavin Festival Dunlavin. Group Show, Greenlane Gallery, Co Kerry, RHA, Dublin
2005 Iontas, Sligo, RHA, Dublin. Bank of Ireland Collection, Crawford Gallery, Cork. Wexford Vocational College. Wexford. RHA Drawing Show, Dublin. Ormond Hotel (Swift Gallery) Kilkenny.
2006 RHA, Dublin
2008 McBride Gallery, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Awards
1965 First Prize, Interpretations of the Devine Comedy, Commemorating Dante's birth, presented by Institute Italiano de Cultura, Dublin.
1966 First Prize for painting commemorating the 50th. Anniversary of the 1916 Rising, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin.
1971 The Carrolls Open Award, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
1974 First Prise, Duais Na Riochta, Gold Medal, Presented by An Taoiseach, Mr. Charles Haughy, Listowel Writers Week, Co Kerry.
1994 The Arts Council's Bonn an Uachtarain de Hide, at The Oireachtas, Duglas Hide Gallery, Dublin.
1980 Joint First Prize, Claremorris Open, Claremorris Co Mayo.
1990 First Prize IMPRESSIONS 111, Galway Arts Festival.
1990 Awarded Artist-in-Residence Claremorris Co Mayo.
1997 Painting Award at Iontas 97, RHA Gallery, Dublin.
1998 EV+A Joint Open Award, Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Represented Ireland
1968 Bianco e Nero, Lugano, Switzerland
1968 First Triennial India, National Gallery of Modern Art and Lalit Kala Gallery New Delhi, India.
1972 International Biennial of Graphic Art Florence, Italy.
1974 International Biennial of Graphic Art Florence, Italy.
1975 Die International Kunstmesse. Basel, Switzerland.
1978 Seven Irish Painters, Gallery R Stockholm, Sweden
1980 Contemporary Irish Art, Angela Flowers Gallery, London.
1982 ARTEDER 82 Muestra International de Opra Grafica, Bilboa, Spain.
1983 BELTINE Quimper Brittany, France
1990 PLENERS, Cecis, Cesu Museum & Riga. Latvia. USSR
1992 CESU PLENERA, Cesu Museum & Riga, Latvia.
1993 CESU PLENERA, Cesu Museum & Riga, Latvia.
1996 Lithuania Plenera Irish Artists

Public Collections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA The Arts Council of Ireland
Cecis Art Museum, Latvia The Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Latvian Ministry of Culture, Riga, Latvia AIB Collection, Bank Center, Dublin
Limerick City Gallery of Art Permanent Collection PJ Carroll & Co
Telecom Eireann, Dublin Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
Pontravedra Museum of Art, Spain John Hunt Collection
Kingston University, London Gordon Lambert Collection, IMMA, Dublin
Office of Public Works GPA Collection
National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin
Irish Aviation Authority Modern Irish Art Collection, AIT, Athlone
National Collection of Contemporary Drawings,,LCGA Ulster Museum, Belfast
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Collection. University of Limerick
The Modern Art Collection, Trinity College Dublin Sligo Art Gallery
Wexford County Hall Art Collection Paintings in many Irish Embassy's throughout the World

Bibliography & Publications
Art about Ireland Magazine, Interview with Linda Kavanagh.
Irish Times Interview with Harriet Cooke;
Irish Art from the 16cent. to present day, Anne Crookshank.
Irish Exhibition of Living Art '82,
Circa Magazine 1983;
Irish Art, Bruce Arnold Thames & Hudson, 1977.
Art in Ulster 2, Mike ACTT, 1977.
Contemporary Irish Art, Roderick Knowles, WH Press;
The Arts in Ireland: a Chronology, Christopher Fitz Simon, Gill&Macmillan 1982;
Irish & European Art & Appreciation, Jimmy Burns;
HARPER Retrospective catalogue essay by Paul O Reilly,
Robert Ballagh, Ciaran Carty, 1986.
Circa Magazine Review, Gerry Walker 1988 Garter Lane, Waterford;
Irish Times Profile Interview John Hutchinson;
New York Art Review;
Gordon Lambert Collection, Pub. Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Art Appreciation Lourda Shepherd;
Cesu Varvaviksne; Dienna, Rita Berelsone 1993;
Iru Gleznotajs, Riga TEV, Astrida Rogule 1993;
Literatura un Maksla, interview with Petris Bankovskis, Latvian Art Critic.
History of Irish Art Revision by Ursula O'Meara & Theresa Hegarty, Folens, 1994.
AIB ART, a selection from the collection, Frances Ruane, 1995.
National collection of Contemporary Drawing vol.l, Limerick City Gallery of Art.
Modern Irish Lives, Dictionary of 20th-Century Biography Ed Louis McRedmond, 1996.
Appreciation and History of Art, Aidan O Sullivan, Gill & Macmillan, 1998.
Modern Art in Ireland, Dorothy Walker, 1997.
Five hundred years of the art of the book in Ireland, 1500 to the present, Joseph McDonnell, Merrill Holberton publishers L onion, 1997
Charles Harper Profile, Aiden Dunne & Gerry Walker, Gandon Editions, 1998.
Catalogue of the collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, May 1991- May 1998.
A buyers guide to Irish Art, Ashville media group Ltd. 1999.

Organisation, Committees, etc.
Project Arts Centre, Dublin 1970 -3, Committee
Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin 1971-4. Committee
Oireachtas Art Exhibition, 1979-88, Committee
Selector, Oireachtas Art Exhibition
Founder of EVA, Limerick, Committee 1975-87
Jury, Claremorris Art Exhibition, 1979
All+10 Sorts 1985-7, Committee
Founder member of Aosdana in 1982
Head, Fine Art, Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT.
Erasmus Co-ordinator International student Exchange
Founder & Executive member of AOSDANA 1987-8 & 1997-8
Elected ARHA in 1997 & made RHA 2003
Member of AAI

Other Relevant Information
1990-3 Invited to Latvia Latvian Artists Union for the International Pleners Symposium
Artist-in-Residence, Claremirris, Co Mayo.
1995 Invited/Commissioned to make print for "Altered States" Travelling Exhibition by Arts Council of Ireland


 

01.'For Seamus'
-acrylic on canvas-
50cm x 60cm
3,000 euro (framed)

 

 

02. 'Burren Day'
-acrylic on canvas-
100cm x 100cm
6,000 euro (framed)

 

 

03. 'Convergence'
-watercolour-
20cm x 30cm
1,500 euro (framed)

04. 'Citizens'
-acrylic on canvas-
45cm x 60cm
5,000 euro (framed)