Niall graduated from NCAD, Dublin in 1982. He has exhibited since 1980 including
RHA annual shows and Aer Rianta. He has had continuous solo exhibitions at the Hallward
Gallery, Dublin, and the Mill Cove Gallery, Cork. His work is represented in many
important collections, including BP Headquarters in Belgium, Government Buildings,
The Arts Council of Ireland, AIB Investment Bank, OPW, Showerings, Clonmel. V.E.C.,
He works from the Irish landscape and has focused his painting on the Wicklow Mountains
for the past thirty years. This recent work changes its emphasis from the isolated
landscape of Wicklow to an urban setting of remembrance reflecting distinctive winter
locations of frost, shadows and light.
These paintings are of the Irish National War Memorial Gardens, Islandbridge, Dublin.
The Gardens were designed by the great architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and are dedicated
to the memory of the 49,000 Irish soldiers who gave their lives in the Great War,
We have found safety with all things undying, The winds, and morning, tears of men
and mirth, The deep night, and birds singing, and clouds flying, And sleep, and freedom,
and the autumnal earth.
From War Sonnet II: Safety by Rupert Brooke, 1887 – 1915