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 About the artist....

 

Kieran Tuohy was born in Galway in 1953. When he was a child his family moved to England where he was educated. At a young age, his passion for creativity was evident, he began painting and sculpting at 15. With the family’s heart firmly on Irish soil, they moved home in the early seventies where Kieran began work as a carpenter.

 

In the early nineties, Kieran began carving, using mahogany as his medium and “The Book of Kells” as his inspiration. He decided to challenge himself to the often difficult and intricate medium of bog oak where his passion for sculpture began to flare.

Abandoning the normal bogwood sculpturing techniques of bringing out the natural forms in the wood into apparent objects, Kieran unearths his own images from the wood. With most of his subjects involving Irish history, it is quite poignant that he works in a medium so attached and symbolic to our nation, for which both will now be eternally immortalized. He is unique in that he creates his own shapes and uses many subtly different textures to achieve the finish he wants, using the natural flaws in the wood to great effect.

 

Kieran began exhibiting in group exhibitions premiering in An Damhlann Gallery, An Spidéal, Co Galway (1997), Railway station exhibition, Mohill, Co Leitrim (1998), Creggan Historical society, Co Armagh (1999).

He held his first solo exhibition in 2000 with The Kenny Gallery entitled “Myth, Music and Magic”. Following on from its success, he took part in two group exhibitions with Kenny’s, “The art of hurling” (2001) and “Galway-A Portrait” (2005). During this time he was preparing for a phenomenal solo exhibition with Kenny’s called “An Gorta Mór” (2006). This was a huge success and established Kieran as a unique and first class artist.

He has since continued to take part in group exhibitions with The Kenny Gallery including “Horsing Around” (2006), “Making Waves” (2009), “The Art of Rugby” (2011). From 1996 to 2008, Kieran annually exhibited in the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival. In 2003, he was commissioned to create a piece for Cullyhanna Interpretive centre, Armagh and again in 2009 for Killimor Catholic Church, Co Galway. Over the years he has also had an assortment of commissions for private collections.

In 2011 he appeared on RTE’s “Nationwide” where he led us through the creation of a masterpiece from its earthly form to the finished piece.

In 2012, Quinnipiac University officially opened “Irelands Great Hunger Museum” in Hamden, Connecticut, USA to which several of Kieran’s pieces are part of the permanent collection.   

In 2018, his hugely popular solo exhibition "Dark Shadows" was born, exhibiting in Dublin's CHQ Building before moving West to the Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, Co Galway.

Kieran continues to be inspired by Irish history, mythology, stories and books. In his studio in Kilcolgan, Co Galway he works quietly, carving, polishing and perfecting his pieces, looking to the future, to his next exhibition.