Eamon Colman Carving the light from the Moon to dye the Mountail Stream
Born in Dublin in 1957, Eamon Colman studied in the Trinity Art Workshop and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, beginning a full time professional career in 1979. He was chairperson of The Artists Association of Ireland (1993-1995) and elected President, The European Council of Artists (1995-2000). Having created over forty solo exhibitions presented nationally and internationally he is considered one of Irelands most important painters. In recognition of his major contribution to Irish culture Eamon Colman was elected a member of Aosdána in 2007 and to the Toscairi in 2018. In 1997, he was invited to host a major mid-term retrospective exhibition of his work entitled Post Cards Home at The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin at the age of 39 yrs. This was accompanied by a monograph on his work by writer and art critic Brian Mc Avera entitled Dreams from The Lions Head, The Work of Eamon Colman by Four Fields Press. A 25-year retrospective of his work is featured in a substantial publication by Gandon Editions, Kinsale: Profile 25 – Eamon Colman (2006). In 1989, he won First Prize Painting Award in EVA International; 2001 First Prize Painting Award in Eigse; in 2002, he was the first Irish artist to be awarded Full Fellowship Award from The Vermont Studio Centre USA; in 2005, he won a CCAT Interreg Major Award for touring an exhibition in Wales and in 2018 was awarded a Culture Ireland GB18 Award.
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