The Water Colour Society of Ireland
JOE DUNNE RHA
Joe Dunne was born in Dublin in 1957 and graduated from
the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1978.
His work has most often remained within the traditional genres
of still life, landscape and portrait painting with occasional forays
into more stylised or abstract pieces. He is equally accomplished
in watercolours, oils and his preferred medium of egg tempera,
and has also successfully explored print making. His paintings
have won prizes at the Arnotts National Portrait Awards and the
Keating McLaughlin Medal, for a group portrait, at the RHA Annual
in 2006. He was awarded 1st prize in the inaugural Davy Portrait
Awards in 2008.
Commissions by the Office of Public Works include his portraits
of former Taoiseach Eamon deValera and of President Mary McAleese.
His work is included in the collections of AXA Insurance Ltd.,
The Royal Dublin Society, The Office of Public Works, Dun Laoghaire
Rathdown County Council, The National University of Ireland at
Maynooth, Ballinglen Art Foundation Archive, The National Self-Portrait
Collection, The Irish Medical Organisation, Dublin Dental School and
Hospital, and The Boyle Civic Collection.
He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and held the position of
Principal of the RHA School of Drawing from 2011-2014.