1967                Born, Dublin

1985-86           Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design, Dublin

1986-90           BA Fine Art, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 1st Class Honours

1988                School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA

1991                Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA

1996-97           MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London




2015                the longest road, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

2012                Facing North, John Martin Gallery, London*

2010                Oliver Comerford, Painting 1994-2010, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin *

Oliver Comerford, John Martin Gallery, London

2009                True Romance, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

2008                I Can See Your House From Here, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

2005                Night and Day, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

2004                Distance, Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Dublin

2003                Out Here, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

                        Vapourtrail, Brosna/ Knocknagoshel Waterplant, Kerry *

2002                Get Here, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

1999                Talk To Me, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland *

1998                Talk To Me, Hallward Gallery, Dublin *

1996                Out Of Here, Hallward Gallery, Dublin *

1994                Paintings and Monotypes, Hallward Gallery, Dublin

1993                Skowhegan Paintings, United Arts Club, Dublin

1991                Rubicon Gallery/ Bank of Ireland Exhibition Centre, Dublin

1990                United Arts Club, Dublin

1989                Bravos Gallery, Georgetown, Massachusetts, USA




2019                Distance, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, New York curated by Betsy Alwin and  Steve Locke

                        Silver, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

2018                'It's Happening Now' The Art Society, London curated by Sara Bjornsdottir

                        The Long Summer Show, John Martin Gallery, London*

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin*

2017                International Serigraphy Symposium Ostrava, Czech Republic

2015                This lasted until dawn, Wexford Arts Centre/Wexford County Council

2014                Instant Crush, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

2013                The Poetry Project.ie

Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto Canada

2012                Last, Douglas Hyde Gallery, curated by John Hutchinson *

                        Anna Berger, Oliver Comerford, Diana Copperwhite, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

2011                In a Place in Time, VISUAL Center for Contemporary Art, Carlow.

Room Outside, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin

Arte Fiera Bologna - International exhibition of contemporary art 2011, Bologna

Art Athina 2011-International Contemporary Art Fair, Athens

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin *

2010                Sovereign European Art Prize, Barbican Centre, London *

What Happens Next is a Secret, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, curated by Marguerite O'Molloy *

Tulca: Living on the Edge, People, Place and Possibility, Galway Arts Centre, Galway, curated by Michelle Browne

John Martin Gallery, London

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin*

2009                Terror and Sublime: Art in an Age of Anxiety, Crawford Gallery, Cork, curated by Peter Murray *

Portable Histories, Irish Museum of Modern Art / Wexford Arts Centre

                        RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin *

2008                10,000 to 50, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin *

                        Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle

Group Therapy, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin                

2007                Alternative Nature, Irish Museum of Modern Art/ Cavan County Museum

Manscape, South Tipperary Arts Centre, curated by Martin Drury *

The Garden of Eden Has Vanished, Cavan County Museum, Cavan, curated by

Cliodhna Shaffrey

2006                Art and Idea, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada *

IMMA: Outside by Us, Irish Museum of Modern Art/ Áras an Chontae, Tullamore *

Reality Show, Siamsa Tíre Arts Centre, Tralee, curated by Gemma Tipton

Seeing is Believing, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, curated by Jacqui Macintosh *

 2005               Tir na nÓg, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, curated by Marguerite O'Molloy and Catherine Marshall *

                        Eurojet Futures Anthology, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, curated by Patrick T Murphy *

2005                After The Thaw, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, curated By Frances Ruane and Peter Murray *

A Moment in Time, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, curated by Noel Kelly

2004                Bearings, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, curated by Marguerite O'Molloy *

2003                Perspective 03, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast curated by Enrique Juncosa

                        Affinity Archive, Broadstone Studios, Dublin, curated by Sarah Pierce

                        The National Gallery, Goethe Institute, Dublin, curated by Grant Watson and Vaari Claffey

                        RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

2002                Landscape Now… Paton Gallery, London

Eurojet Futures, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, curated by Patrick T Murphy *

Crawford Open 2, Crawford Municipal Gallery of Art, Cork *

ART2002, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, London

                        An Leabhar Mòr, The Great Book of Gaelic, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow *

RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin *

2001                Adeste, Draíocht, Dublin

EV+A 2001, 'Expanded', Limerick, curated by Salah Hassan *

2000                Adeste, The Ark, Dublin

1999                Non-Stop Opening, Central Point Gallery, London

                        EV+A 99, 'Reduced,' Limerick, curated by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn *

                        Adhocracy, Galerie Herold, Bremen, Germany

                        Royal Overseas League Open Exhibition, London, Edinburgh, Manchester

1998                EV+A 98, 'Circus ZZ' Limerick, curated by Paul O' Reilly *

                        Skowhegan, David Beitzel Gallery, New York

                        Art 98, Paton Gallery, London Contemporary Art Fair

                        RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin *

1997                Four Artists, Paton Gallery, London

                        Critics View, Banquet Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

Open Minds, AIB Art on tour, City Hall, Waterford

1996                Victor Treacy Awards Exhibition, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny *

NCAD 250 Years Drawing Exhibition, Dublin *

1995                The World of Art, UNESCO, Paris, France *

1995,96           Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle

1995                Monaghan Open Exhibition, Monaghan County Museum

1990,92,94-97 Academy Without Walls, RHA Banquet Exhibition, RHA, Dublin

1990-96           RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin *

1994                Éigse Arts Festival, Carlow

                        Claremorris Open, Co Mayo

1993-94           Aer Rianta Arts Festival, Dublin

1990-93           Oireachtas Exhibition, Dublin

1990-93           Íontas, Sligo Art Gallery


* denotes publication





2004                Distance, PerCent for Art Commission for a digital artwork for dissemination via broadband, to mark the rollout of Broadband Communications infrastructure in Ireland Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. 

 Digital Video, 6.46mins, looped, and interactive website


2003                Vapourtrail, PerCent for Art Commission for Kerry County Council

Commission for an arts project for the villages of Brosna and Knocknagoshel.

Artworks based on the environment of the local area; Colour Publication, including photo essay and 8 artworks; Residency and Public Exhibition to coincide with opening of water treatment plant.




2010                Represented Ireland, Sovereign European Art Prize, Barbican Centre, London

                        Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary

2002                Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary

2001                Project Studio Award, Temple Bar Gallery and Studios

1999                Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary

1999                Cultural Relations Committee Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs

1998                Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary

                        Cultural Relations Committee Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs

EV+A 98, Open Award

1997                Arts Council Materials/ Documentation Grant

1996                Dublin Corporation Visual Arts Bursary

1996                Arts Council Postgraduate Award

1995                Nominated by the Arts Council to represent Ireland,

UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts, Paris

                        Cultural Relations Committee Grant, Department of Foreign Affairs

                        Art Flight, Arts Council Travel Award

                        Abbey Stained Glass Studio Award, RHA

1994                Arts Council Materials/ Documentation Grant

1993                Arts Council Materials/ Documentation Grant

1992                Art Flight, Arts Council Travel Award

1991                Fellowship, The Skowhegan School, Maine, USA

                        Art Flight, Arts Council Travel Award

                        Arts Council Materials/ Documentation Grant

1990                Emerging Artist Award, RTÉ/ Bank of Ireland Arts Show Awards

                        National Portrait Awards, Under 35 Award




Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery -The Hugh Lane, Office of Public Works, The Arts Council of Ireland, University College Cork Art Collection-Lewis Glucksman Gallery, The Devonshire Collection-Chatsworth House, University of Limerick-National Self Portrait Collection, Glucksman Artists' Book collection, Dublin City University, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland, KPMG, Société Générale - FIMAT, First National Building Society, Kerry County Council, Department Communication, Marine and Natural Resources.

Private Collections in Ireland, Britain, Australia and USA




1997-98           Artists' Work Programme, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1994-95           Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakerrig, Monaghan




'Get Out' Oliver Comerford, Activating Art Education, European Fine Art forum biennial conference "Art Future/ Future Signs" Art Academy of Latvia,Riga 11September 2019.

'Chilly Vistas'  Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 15 September 2015

'Art and Architecture of Ireland,' Vol. V, ed. Marshall, C and Murray, P, 2014, Yale University Press/ Royal Irish Academy

'Established Principles-Which Irish Artists will stand the test of time?' Top Ten listing, Sunday Times 20 April 2014

Diamonds on the Windscreen, essay by Fintan O'toole, Monograph 'Oliver Comerford Painting 1994-2010

Swerving to solitude, essay by Declan Long, Monograph 'Oliver Comerford Painting 1994-2010

'Oliver Comerford Painting 1994-2010,' The View RTÉ1 Television, 27 April 2010  

'Faint Lights in the Darkness', Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 14 April 2010        

'Owner of Lonely Art,' Sue Conley, Evening Herald, 25 March 2010'

'True Romance,' Kate Butler, Sunday Times, 15 November 2009

'Art into Artisan,' Gemma Tipton, Irish Times Magazine, 14 November 2009

'I can see your house from here,' Kate Butler, Sunday Times, 20 April 2008

'Artist Firmly in the Driving Seat,' Cristin Leach, Sunday Times, 1 May 2005

'Out Here,' Catherine Lean, Sunday Times, 17 August 2003

'Asserting Personal Identity,' Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 23 July 2003

Vapourtrail, commissioned by Kerry County Council, 2003

'Looking at the Spaces behind the Town,' Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 12 April 2002

'Getting to the Point,' Marianne Hartigan, Sunday Tribune, 14 April 2002

'Get Here,' Anne Iremonger, The Dubliner Magazine, April 2002

'Get Here,' The View, RTÉ1 Television, 9 April 2002

Interview with Anna Sigrídur Einarsdóttir, Morgunbladid, Iceland, 31 July 1999

Review, Gunnar J. Árnason, Morgunbladid, Iceland, 13 August, 1999

'Images Of Nothing,' Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 11 November 1998

In Transit, essay by Catherine Marshall, Senior Curator of the Collection,

Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1998

'Talk to Me,' Marianne Hartigan, Sunday Tribune, 8 November 1998

'Talk to Me,' Marian Lovett, Sunday Times, 8 November 1998

'Out of Here,' Medb Ruane, Sunday Times, 17 March 1996

'Out of Here,' Brian Fallon, Irish Times, 22 March 1996

Out Of Here, essay by Fintan O'Toole, Journalist and Arts Correspondent, The Irish Times, 1996

Interview with Seamus Hosey and review by Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith, The Arts Show,

RTÉ Radio 1, June 1994

'Oliver Comerford, Hallward Gallery,' Brian Fallon, Irish Times, 29 June 1994

'Dark On The Edge Of Town,' Aidan Dunne, Sunday Tribune, 19 June 1994

Art Attacks, documentary directed by Ferdia Mac Anna, broadcast on RTÉ Television, October 1993, August 1995 and as part of 'The Art Files,' 1997

'Worlds Where Even A Chair Can Tell A Story,' Aidan Dunne, Sunday Tribune, June 1991

'Young Artist at the Bank of Ireland,' Brian Fallon, Irish Times, 27 June 1991



Lecturer and Course Director, BA Fine Art, IT Carlow (Wexford Campus)

Member of Academic Council, Academic Regulations Committee, IT Carlow


Board member of Wexford Arts Centre

Chair of Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Wexford Arts Centre