Events & Exhibitions

New English Art Club Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Inside Outside and Beyond Art Exhibition, Glasnevin Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Painting Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, London

Time is The Enemy Art Exhibition opening night I 20th APRIL

Ever since the opening of The Gerard Byrne Studio, Fine Art Gallery in Ranelagh, Dublin in November 2017 Gerard Byrne has been sharing his time between London and Dublin, in favour of his home city. The upcoming summer exhibitions reflect the artist recent way of life.

June (15th – 23rd) sees Gerard Byrne taking part in the New English Art Club Annual Exhibition in the central London Mall Galleries for the first time. Gerard's charcoal capturing Brighton's 'Palmeira Square in Its Glory' have been selected from over 1600 entries and will be exhibited among the works of the Britain's leading figurative artists working today in painting, drawing and printing.

The end of June (22nd June) launches a solo exhibition Inside Outside & Beyond in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin celebrating 30 years of Gerard Byrne painting the Dubliners' most loved public gardens. Over the past three decades, Gerard has repeatedly returned to the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland to capture the vibrancy and lushness of the flora and dramatic renderings of the iconic wrought-iron architecture of the great Victorian Palm Houses. This exhibition is a unique opportunity to view his work in the very location that inspires him. Organised in conjunction with the Office of Public Works it will be open daily until Sunday 15th July in the Gallery Space, Visitor Centre.


Latest Art

Innocent Passion

Tropical Reflections

Forever Green II triptych (1 of 3)

Urban Jungle

Gerard Byrne's en plein air oil paintings and charcoal sketches reflect the artist's everlasting love for architecture, plants, cityscape and landscape. Whether in his London urban landscapes, Dublin vistas or depiction of raw nature Byrne's unique quality is to represent the past and present simultaneously. His paintings are careful studies of the present moment and what is in danger of being lost or has already vanished.

Gerard paints both from reality and imagination. When the artist's vivid imagination merges with reality he exceeds both categories creating exuberant images which hover on the verge of abstract. His unique blend, near kaleidoscope, of style and subject explain his emergence as an established force in Irish art and increasing internationally.



'Gerard Byrne, from Ireland, is one of the most established painters of the Parallax Art Fair. His landscapes are dynamic and spontaneous. His style is rich with texture and vibrancy, while his scorches and perspectives give an extraordinary depth and movement to the canvases. An excellent plein-air painter.'

Karen Lappon
Art Critic, ICAC Art Critics, Parallax Art Fair London, 2016

'Like many of the impressionists, with his outdoor scenes, he works en plein air working with or at times against the elements. He uses oil for its "buttery finish" and the way it flows and mixes on the canvas. Colour is of the utmost importance to Gerry as it is always a challenge to imitate nature and capture light. He welcomes this challenge with interest.
Gerard explores the themes of impressionism in a contemporary manner, capturing transience and atmosphere, but most of all emotion.'

Susan Callery
Art Dealer, Owner Greenlane Gallery Dingle, 2008

'Byrne is a self-taught artist who has reached international acclaim with his impressionistic, unique, style. His work is highly regarded in both private and corporate collections.
Getting his inspiration from the natural beauty that surrounds us. Byrne has an extraordinary ability to capture the energy and movement of life, transferring it on to canvas with his vibrant warm palette, giving the viewer a feeling of participation. So full of life is his work, that one finds oneself, sun in face, walking the small, winding roads of Killiney Hill or accepting a drink from that smiling waiter whilst surrounded by colourful party people.
Byrne is a versatile artist with huge talent in both architectural and landscape paintings, as well as in figurative and still life subjects. True to the principles of impressionism his landscape and street scenes are worked out of doors giving most significance to the effects of natural light.'

Liz Dunne
Art Dealer, Owner Irish Fine Art Dublin, 2005

'Irish weather is not conductive to 'plein air' painting. Traditionally, those who persist in sketching outdoors have been forced to paint small scale studies, which are invariably used as preparatory notes for larger finished paintings in the Studio.
It was with some surprise therefore that I encountered an artist (Gerard Byrne) on a Dublin street, battling the elements, surrounded by onlookers, painting a large canvas. The sheer size of Byrne's canvases, some as large as 48 x 60 inches dictated the development of a direct bold technique of paint application full of bravura. He can often be observed sketching on steps, in a doorway or on a rooftop where his vibrant palette and unique perspective plunge the viewer into canvases awash with colour and movement.His most recent paintings come from the glasshouses in the Botanic Gardens where he worked surrounded by plants yet protected from the bad Summer weather.
There is, however, a very different aspect of Byrne's work which may surprise the viewer. When confined to his Studio he conjures up colourful figurative arrangements from earlier sketches in Dublin's Cafés, Pubs and Nightclubs where party revellers and jazz musicians are portrayed with gusto. He also paints large Still Lifes with dramatic light effects and again from unusual angles. All of his work, whatever the subject matter, share a lively palette, intuitive compositional skills and a 'joie de vivre'.'

James Gorry
Picture Restorer, Art Dealer, Owner Gorry Gallery Dublin, 1998

'There's always a great feeling of excitement when a new artist's talent is discovered. Although Gerard Byrne has only been painting seriously for two years, he displays an exceptional natural ability and an obvious ease with his medium. Living art is fresh, young and vital to the successful continuation of the Irish Art scene. It is a privilege for us to be involved with the initiation and nurturing of a new member of this scene. It is also a tremendous opportunity for those who are interested to support the young artists who will be the big names of tomorrow. Also, with such an ever increasing number of new buyers anxious to acquire quality works of Irish Art, this is the correct area in which to invest one's capital. Artists like Gerard Byrne and his contemporaries should be supported and encouraged to continue their work and it is so important for us all to realise artists' abilities while they are an active force in living art.
Gerard Byrne is a dedicated, prolific and exceptionally talented artist. We feel his work is very well worth representing on a permanent basis. This exhibition is, therefore, a stimulating and profound to what will be a long and significant career.'

Susan Stairs A.N.C.A.D.
Author, Art Consultant, The George Gallery Dublin, 1989