About

Caroline Fay is an Irish painter, recently moved from London to Upstate NY. Using Dutch masters as muse, her realist paintings have a modern twist, dealing with issues including the relation between man and nature and contemporary environmental concerns. In her work, symbolism and metaphor help point a spotlight on the importance of preservation and conservation of the natural world. In 2016, Caroline was chosen to exhibit in the London Irish Art Exhibition in London’s impressive Central Hall, Westminster Abbey, which celebrated some of Ireland’s great artists.

“Painting in a realist style forces me to be thoughtful and patient. It allows me to capture the natural beauty of the subjects I paint and helps me understand, appreciate and believe in the importance of what I’m doing.”

Education

2010 – Art Students League of New York – Life drawing and painting
2006 – B.A. Degree in Fine Art, D.I.T. Mountjoy Square, Dublin
2002 – NCVA Level 2 in Art, Craft & Design, Cavan Institute

Solo Exhibitions

2010 – Skin, Teachers Centre Gallery, Cavan, Ireland

Group Exhibitions

2017 – Holiday Show, Co-operative Gallery 213, Binghamton NY
2017 – Whittington & James Gallery, Crouch End, London
2017 – ‘Incognito’ Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
2016  – ‘A Retrospective: Lough Inchin Art Club’, Teachers Centre, Cavan, Ireland
2016  – The Yellow Days Arts & Music Festival, London
2016  – Sodo Pizza Café, Clapton, London
2016  – Tufnell Park Tavern Gallery & Studios, Christmas Market, London
2014  – London Irish Art 2015, Westminster Abbey, London
2014  – A Bittersweet Christmas, TriSpace Gallery, London
2012  – The Moth Christmas Fair, The Moth Studios, Cavan
2012  – Bah! Humbug, Cavan County Museum, Cavan
2012  – Rianta Art Fair 2011 as part of the Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann 2012
2011  – Phoenix on Golbourne, 67 Golborne Road, London
2011  – Dazed & Refused, BP Portrait Rejection Exhibition, Arnold Circus, London
2010  – Unframed, Bluewall Gallery, Corracanvy, Cavan
2011  – Rianta Art Fair 2011 as part of the Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann 2011
2010  – RHA Unselected Show 2010, Bad Art Gallery, Dublin
2009  – Art Fair ‘09, represented by Sol Art Gallery, RDS, Dublin
2009  – 3 Woman Show, Sol Art Gallery, Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan
2009  – All Tomorrow’s Parties, Teachers Centre, Main St., Cavan
2008  – Series 2, Oak Room Restaurant, Main St., Cavan
2008  – Group Show, Radisson S.A.S., Farnham Estate, Cavan
2007  – Series 1, Oak Room Restaurant, Main Street, Cavan
2006  – D.I.T. B.A. Fine Art Degree Show, Portland Row, Dublin

Residencies / Awards

2010 – Tyrone Guthrie Bursary from Cavan County Council
2001 – Student of the Year Award, Cavan Institute

Tuition

2010 – Present Painting workshops & private tuition in London, Ireland, France, NY
2014 – Present Art Therapy and classes for children and adults with special needs.
2012 – 2016 Private tutor for Junior & Leaving Certificate & Portfolio preparation

Collections

Office of Public Works
Cavan County Council

Public / Private Commissions

Private portrait and mural commissions within France, USA, UK and Ireland
Deep Sea Backdrop – Featured Artist for ‘Love your Life’ editorial – Riya Hollings.
Backdrop painting – ‘Marooned on Mars’ feature, Mixmag Magazine
Gonzo Theatre and Gonzo Lounge wall murals, Cavan
Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann wall mural commission – Blessing’s Bar, Cavan
Lost in the Forest wall mural commission – Mustang’s Bar, Cavan
Sign writing commissions for numerous businesses in Cavan Town

Art Direction

2014  – Art Assistant Danielle Romeril – London Fashion Week 2014
2012  – Art Director: Gonzo Bar and Theatre
2012  – Art Assistant: Off The Grid / Trillion Fund Meriel Hunt & Ross Harding