Academy Member

Uplands oil-canvas 120 x 120cms 2012 (2)Martin Gale RHA

Martin Gale was born in Worcester in 1949. Educated in Ireland, he graduated in painting from NCAD, Dublin in 1973. He had his first one-man show in the Neptune Gallery in Dublin in 1974.
In 1980 he moved to the Taylor Galleries and has had numerous one-man exhibitions in Dublin, Cork and Belfast..
He has represented Ireland a number of times, including the X1 Biennale de Paris. He has also exhibited widely in Ireland, England, Europe and the USA. His work can be found in many public, corporate, and private collections, including the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Crawford Municipal Gallery in Cork.
In the early 1980s he was the subject of an Arts Council touring exhibition, travelling to 10 venues throughout Ireland. In 2004/05 the RHA hosted a major retrospective of his work, which took a concentrated review of his paintings over the previous decade,with a coda added of paintings from the late 70s through the 80s.The exhibition subsequently travelled to the Ulster Museum in Belfast.
His paintings are Realist in that they deal with the visible world. Usually landscape based, they respond to the interaction between landscape and people. They frequently carry the suggestion of a possible narrative though nothing is clearly articulated.
He works in Oils, Watercolour, and occasionally printmaking.
He is a member of Aosdana, and has been a member of the RHA since 1996, where he served eight years as Keeper. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Art from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Martin Gale lives and works in Co. Kildare and is represented in Dublin by the Taylor Galleries, and JMLondon.