Geraldine O'Reilly Hynes

Geraldine O'Reilly Hynes

Geraldine O'Reilly Hynes

Born in Dublin, she graduated from National College of Art and Design in 1982 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art and Art History.


The inspiration for Geraldine O’ Reilly’s Hynes work comes through the simple act of going for walks with friends in woodlands, both near and far from her Dublin home.

Her keen observations are sometimes of the more incidental things one comes across while walking. The flow of water running off in a roadside ditch, to dark crevices in rock contrasting with the bright sunlight, the texture and hue of grasses growing around a broken down fence and how these features create their own miniature landscape within the whole.

Vertical tree trunks, both narrow and broad, etched with dappled bark or moss, floating branches and angular leaves cut through, bisecting and dissecting the aerial space above and under foot rutted pathways may lead to the dark, hidden secluded enclave or out onto a light filled vista. 

She tries to convey the sentiments and atmosphere of ancient woodlands and groves. Fascinated by these places and nature’s durable imprint, she wishes the viewer to experience the intimacy of “being there” and conveys this through an accomplished facility in the use of real detail in her work.

She has exhibited over the years in many group shows such as the RHA, RUA. Her most recent solo exhibition “Under the Cover of Trees“ was  in Dublin in 2012.  Her work was selected for “Elements” a collaborative exhibition between the OPW and the DFP, Northern Ireland and displayed at venues in Belfast, Larne, Dublin and Wexford. Her work is held in both public and private collections.


1977 – 1982    National College of Art and Design, Dublin

1981                First Class Honours Diploma in Fine Art and Art History

1982                First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art and Art History


2015                “Finders Keepers”  – Lexicon Municipal Gallery, Dunlaoghaire

2015                “Eigse” – George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow

2015                After the Rain – Solo Show – The Doorway Gallery

2014                Group Shows The DoorwayGallery

                        “Drawings” NAS Project Space

                        Small Paintings, Culture Night - NAS

2013                Clifden Arts Festival “Two Worlds” Accessible Art Gallery, Co. Galway

Aughrim Festival “Craic in the Granite” Group Show, Co. Wicklow

                        “Fenit Within Without” Group Show, Fenit, Co. Kerry

                        Listowel Writers Week Festival “Two Worlds” Seanachaí Centre, Kerry

                        The Doorway Gallery – London Art Fair (March)

2012                Christmas Show – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin.

                        Elements – A collaborative touring exhibition between the OPW,  and the Department of Finance and Personnel Northern Ireland. Venues – Belfast, Dublin, Larne and Enniscorthy Castle, Wexford.

            Source – Artfair – RDS Dublin

                        Ensemble, Culture Night - NAS

                        “Closer to Home” NAS Project Space


                        Summer Show – The Doorway Gallery

            The Interval Gallery, “For the First Time”

            LINK Culturefest, Smithfield, Dublin.

                        The Doorway Gallery – London Art Fair

                        Under the Cover of Trees – Solo Show – The Doorway Gallery

2011                The Doorway Gallery – Christmas Show (Sth Frederick St)

                        The Doorway Gallery – London Art Fair

                        “Miscellany” NAS (Culture Night) (Group Show)

                        The Doorway Gallery – Summer Show (Sth Frederick St)

2011                RHA Annual Exhibition – Gallagher Gallery

2010                20 X 20 NAS (Christmas) (Group Show)

                        The Square Show NAS (Culture Night) (Group Show)

                        The Bad Art Gallery “Christmas Show” (Group Show)

                        The Bad Art Gallery “Summer Show” (Group Show)

                        The Bad Art Gallery “Unselected” (Group Show)

                        Haiti Auction ( Fundraiser )

2009                Royal Ulster Academy (Annual Exhibition)

2004                “Voices” – (Group Show – Brendan Kennelly Festival, Kerry)

2004                “To the Lighthouse” (Solo – Listowel Writers Week, Kerry)

2003                “Home is where the Art is” (Two Person Show, Fenit Co. Kerry)

1993                “X Marks” (NAS - Group Show RHA Gallery, Ely Place)

1991                “Gateway to Art” - (Group Show – Aer Rianta Festival)

1990                “Portfolio” (Group Show – NAS – Irish Life Centre)

1988 -1989      “An Urban Angle” (Group Show NAS – RHK, Monaghan,    Waterford)

1987                “A Place of Work” (NAS Touring Show – RHK, Monaghan, Belfast, Wexford)

1986                “Decade Show NCAD” (Group Show – Guinness Hop Store)

1986                Two Person Show – Grafton Gallery

1984                EVA Limerick

1984                Festival of Young Artist – Mansion House

1984                “May to May” NAS

1982                “Exposure” Ilac Centre

1982                Degree Show – NCAD

1981                Irish Exhibition of Living Art – Douglas Hyde

1981                Diploma Show – NCAD

1979                Cross Section Exhibition – Alliance Francais





Dimpco – (Glen Dimplex)

                        Hotel Conrad (Hilton) Earlsford Terrace

                        Mater Hospital – Eccles Street

Founder Member of New Art Studio Ltd.,

2/3 Mary’s Abbey , Dublin 7.

NAS is a Co-operative Studio sponsored by the Arts Council


2011                “The Interval Gallery” Virtual Gallery/Portfolio website  

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