Lucy Doyle

Lucy Doyle 


Lucy has been living, painting and exhibiting in Ireland for almost forty years since graduating from art college in 1982. She has an extensive body of work that is in many private and public collections. Several of Lucy’s paintings have been bought by the Office of Public Works, as part of Ireland’s permanent state art collection.

Lucy’s major influences were forged early on in her career, from the early Modernist painters working at the turn and into the twentieth century- in particular Bonnard and Matisse-to seeing the large paper works of Elizabeth Blackadder in the early eighties in Sheffield and The Great Japan exhibition held at the National Gallery in London in 1981, all have contributed and helped develop and refine Lucy’s very unique and personal painting language and style.  Her subject matter has stayed consistent throughout her working life exploring still life, flower paintings and the female form as part of her interiors.  She experiments with the decorative frontal plane and plays with the perspective of objects within that condensed spatial format. Colour has always been Lucy’s primary preoccupation and the desire and need to use strong and emotionally stimulating colours in a rich and tactile way. 

‘My self-directed apprenticeship was long and hard, but so essential, as now I can truly say, that my style and the way I use oil paint, really reflects what I want to convey as a painter and express as an emotion.  I set out to produce richly textured, well-constructed, timeless paintings, that are emotionally uplifting and have lots of complex observed and imagined component parts to them in particular paying homage to the beauty and impact of colour’.


B.A. (Hons) Degree in Painting and Printmaking (Sheffield) 1982
Diploma in the History of European Painting, Trinity College, Dublin, 1983


Wilkinson Scholarship 1979
National Portrait Award Exhibition, Dublin, 1985 (Prize winner)
Invitee d'Honneur XIXeme Salon des Arts Plastiques de la Rochelle, 2005

​​Public collections

Trinity College, University of Dublin
Crumlin Children’s Hospital
St James’s Hospital Foundation
Office of Public Works (OPW)

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Solo exhibitions


Seasons, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin, May 2021
Viridian, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin, April 2020
Blue Moon, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin, May 2019
Feast  Doorway Gallery, Dublin, May 2017
Recent Paintings,  The Doorway Gallery, Dublin, May 2015
Scheherazade,  Doorway Gallery, Dublin November, 2013
Rococo, Doorway Gallery, Dublin, February, 2012
Tapestry,  Doorway Galley, Dublin; Greenlane Gallery, Dingle.
Persephone,  The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, April, 2010
Pastoral, , Dalkey Gallery/Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, May/July, 2009
Life drawings, Dalkey Arts Gallery, Dublin, November, 2008
Chinoiserie, The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, September 2008
Cerulean Dreams, Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, February, 2008
Secret Garden, Dalkey Arts Gallery, Dublin, October 2007
Alizarin, The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin, November 2006
Recent paintings, Adams, St.Stephan’s Green, Dublin, October, 2005
Recent works, Dalkey Arts Gallery, Dublin, October 2004 
Interiors, Dalkey Arts Gallery, Dublin, March 2003
Recent Paintings, Guinness Gallery, Dublin, April 1998
Set in Sunlight, Guinness Gallery, Dublin, February 1997
Solo Show, Wexford Arts Centre, March,1996
Recent paintings, Garter lane Arts Centre, Waterford, March 1987
Degree show, Sheffield, June 1982




International Exhibitions

Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London, October 2019
Fresh Art Fair, Cheltenham, Ascot, 2018,2019
Affordable Art Fair , London, 2011, 2012,2013
Edinburgh Art Fair, November 2008
Affordable Art Fair, London October 2008
The Greenlane Gallery, Paris, July 2007
XIXeme Salon des Arts Plastiques de la Rochelle, May 2005
Affordable Art Fair, London October, 2005
Selected to represent Ireland at the Florence Biennale, 2005
19th Salon de la Rochelle, May, 2005
L’Imaginaire Irlandais, Chateaudun, France, October, 2004
L’Imaginaire Irlandais, Chateaudun, France, March-April, 1996
Second International Biennal of Female Art, Stockholm, December 1995-March 1996
First International Biennal of Female Art, Stockholm, December 1994-March 1995

Two-Three person exhibitions

Still life Bridge Gallery, Dublin, February 2001 (with Aiden Gaffney)
Bridge Gallery Group Show, February 1999
Blackcombe Gallery, Cork, March 1998 (with John Younge and Robert Ryan)
Solomon Gallery, Dublin, November 1986 (with Elizabeth Cope)

​​Open group exhibitions

RHA Unselected, The Bad Art Gallery, 2006, 2007, 2008,2009, 2010
National Portrait Award Exhibition, Dublin, 1999
Iontas (10th National Small Works Exhibition) Sligo Art Gallery, July 1999, Limerick City
Gallery of Art; August 1999; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Sept 1999
Iontas (6th National Small Works Exhibition) Sligo Art Gallery, July 1995; RHA Gallery,
Dublin, August 1995; The Gallery, Belfast, September 1995.
National Portrait Award Exhibition, Dublin. 1985 (Awarded Winsor and Newton Prize)


Group Exhibitions (invited)

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, Nov 2018
State of the Art National Exhibition(OPW) Encounters Sept 2013 –Jan2014
The Russell Gallery, London 2011-2012
Doorway Gallery, Dublin, 2010-present
Tramyard Gallery, Dalkey, 2010-2011
Greenlane Gallery, Dingle, 2007-2011
The Narrow Space, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, 2005-2008
The Bad Art Gallery, Dubllin. 2005-2010
The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, 2005-2009
The Frederick Gallery, Dublin 2004
Kilcock Art Gallery, Kilcock 2004
Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford, 2003-2004
Wexford Opera Festival Fringe Art Exhibition, Oct 2003,2004
Dalkey Arts, Dublin, 1998-2009
Bridge Gallery, Dublin, 1998-2004
Wellspring Gallery, Tralee, 1998
Clayton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1998
Clayton Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, 1998
Guinness Gallery, Dublin, 1997-1999
Four green fields and a postcard home, Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, August, 1996
Eigse’96 Pembroke Gallery, Carlow May-June, 1996
Woodland Gallery Gorey, 1995, 1996
Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Dec, 1994
Hangman Gallery, Bray, 1994, 1995
Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, 1994
Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford July-August, 1994
Quatercentenary Art Exhibition, Trinity College, Dublin, April, 
Solomon Gallery, Dublin, 1986,1987,1995.