About the Event
Comhghall Casey was born in Letterkenny in 1976 and moved to Omagh with his family in 1979. He is a past pupil of St Conor’s Primary School and Christian Brothers School in Omagh. His interested and outstanding level of ability in art was always apparent and was encouraged by his parents and teachers. It was however his sisters, Fiona and Sinead, whom he cites as his greatest influence and following in their footsteps he became a student at the College of Art at the University of Ulster College in Belfast.
Just after graduating in 1999 Comhghall won the Hunting Prize for Young Artist of the Year which is a UK-wide award and this was the first in a succession of awards which followed. He won the Emer GAllery Prize for the Best Self Portrait at RUA in 2002 and 2006. He was nominated for the Henessey Craig Scholarship Award at the RHA Dublin in 2003, 2004, 2007 and was the outright winner of this award in 2008. In 2010 Comhghall won the Don Niccolo D’Ardia Caracciola RHA Medal and in 2014 he was shortlisted for the Hennessey Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland
This Retrospective Exhibition will feature paintings and drawings which chart his development as an artist from his school days in Omagh to the present. The exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 16 April to Saturday 28 May 2016.