83-85 Main Street

Bushmills, Co. Antrim

Northern Ireland

BT57 8QD

Tel. 028 2073 1324



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BIO: Coilin Murray


Coilin was born in 1945 and studied in Blackrock College Dublin and at the National College of Art and Design Dublin. He first exhibited in University College Dublin in 1966 and has exhibited regularly and widely ever since, He retired as a lectured in the year 2000 having been a senior lecturer in Limerick College of Art and Dunlaoire College of Art, as well as being Head of Fine Print Dept In the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He has had numerous one-man exhibitions over the years as well as exhibiting in The Crawford Gallery, Cork . The Limerick City Gallery, The Hunt Museum, Limerick The Gallagher R H A Gallery ,Dublin .Coilín has also exhibited in Zurich, Switzerland , New York and Hawaii as well as Canada and China .He has represented Ireland in The Norwegian print Biennale, The Print Binnale of Finland and the English open Print Biennale. His work is in many private and public collections, including The Art’s Council Collection, Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art, The Crawford Gallery Cork, The Department of Foreign Affairs ,The Office of Public Works, The James Joyce Museum Dublin, The Universities of Cork Dublin Limerick, Mary Immaculate College, Culture Hall, and The University of Brauska, Slovakia. Cóilín was awarded the Cartwright Hall Award for his work in the English Open Bienale. He also won the Oreachteas Print award as well as the Iontas award for small painting in the Sligo Art Gallery . He has given many workshops all over the country as well as being invited to participate in many residencies from Kerry to Achill Island and from Donegal to Zurich to Bratislava and on to NewYork’s Lower East Side Print Workshop. A profile of Cóilín and his work was broadcast on RTE’s Nationwide Programme and many different critics and commentators have written about his work over the years .“Painted with clarity and the heat of a god. Like many painters before him (Cezanne, Bonnard, Constable, Ruisdale etc) their comprehension and depth of understanding is due to examining and observing the patch of nature at their own back door.”

Murray, Coilin