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Joan Finnegan Art

Recipient of an Arts Council Agility Award 2023

142nd RUA exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 2023 

Arts Council Awarded Art Residency, Lyon, France, Summer 2024


I am an artist born and raised in Galway on the west coast of Ireland where I am based, and I hold a BA in Fine Art from ATU Galway.   

My visual style is inspired by the rich and diverse world around me, not just physically, but how it affects me psychologically.  I use the visual elements to influence but not dictate my paintings, using them as points of departure to tell my own visual story.  

I work in acrylics and each painting is a snapshot of a captured memory, or a feeling, and the colours and shapes that these memories or feelings evoke.  The painting then develops organically from there, the memories distilled as it develops on my easel.

By simplifying the shapes and elements of the landscape, and using bold colours, there is a sense of mystery and ambiguity to my work, drawing viewers into a world of abstraction while captivating the imagination.

Collaboration with Connemara Carpets, an artisan of handmade wool and silk rugs and wall-hangings, creating a series of wall-hangings for their new collection.  



September 2023 – ‘As I See It’- Clifden Arts Festival

Summer 2022 – ‘Sunchyme’ Shorelines Arts Festival

Summer 2019 – ‘Connemara Chroma’, Wisconsin, USA



Summer Show, The Kenny Gallery, Galway, Summer 2024

2024 Summer Open, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare

142nd Annual Royal Ulster Academy exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast October to January 2024

Outset Gallery OXO, December 2023

Summer Open, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Summer 2023

Outset Gallery, December 2022

GALWAY EMERGES, Galway International Arts Festival Summer 2022 at the Kenny Gallery, Galway

REGENERATION, Clifden Arts Festival, September

Engage Studios Summer Show part of Galway International Arts Festival

Summer Exhibition Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, 2022

Artist’s Eye – Exhibition and Publication – July 2022




Follow me on Instagram where you can see my new work as it is created.  http://www.instagram.com/joni_finnegan

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“The visual harmonies of Joan Finnegan’s paintings stem from the elegantly inter-locking forms that make up their compositions and her judicious sense of colour.  She works from specific sources (…) but rather than illustrating her sources, she uses them as points of departure to devise her own pleasing visual constructions.”

Aidan Dunne, Art Critic, Irish Times


Joan Finnegan Art

Connemara Chroma

Solo exhibition 2019 for ‘Galway Showcase’ which was inspired by the beauty and colours of Connemara.

Joan Finnegan is a painter who is inspired by the world around her.  Her paintings originate from all sources; from photographs taken of the Great Plains, to an image of an old stepwell in India, to the environment around her daily. Read more about Joan’s professional work below.


Joan Finnegan Art

The Stepwell

An image I came across of the elegant and impressive Chand Baori stepwell in
Abhaneri in India sparked this series.


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