Kathleen Furey is from Galway.   She studied painting at the Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating in 1984.   She is a founder member of Artspace Studios, Galway’s longest established Artists Collective, and currently serves on its board.   In 1988 she co-founded the West Shore Studio and Gallery in Oughterard, Co. Galway, where she lives and works.


My work is a response to my experiences and environment.   Through painting, drawing and printmaking I experiment with shapes and forms taken from the landscape, from human and animal figures, from objects and symbols.

These images are unified by texture, colour and pattern to produce semi-abstract compositions.

Recent work investigates narrative and image relationships.   I am interested in how text and image combine to provide narrative, how fragments of text appear in overprinted images.  

Themes include chance, separation and loss, pattern and text, the indifference of nature, moments of realisation.

I work with a variety of media including gouache, acrylic, crayon, graphite and printmaking inks on board and paper.

Grant Aided 2010/2011/2013/2016 Galway County Council

Selected Shows:


                    2016     Rain on the Wind, uachtarARTS Group Show, The Courthouse, Oughterard.

                                 ‘Legacy’ National Fine Art Print Exhibition, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo (Selected)

                                  Impressions Book Art, Galway Arts Festival 2016, (Selected by Prof David Ferry)

                    2015    Transfer, Printmaking Exhibition, The Courthouse, Oughterard

                                Impressions Biennale, Galway Arts Festival (Selected by Prof. David Ferry)

                                M’áit dhúchais - My Native Place, Oughterard Courthouse

                                Bookmarks XIII : Infiltrating the Library System Projects,

                                Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol.

                    2014    Bookmarks XII : Infiltrating the Library System Projects,

                                Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol.

                                Wexford Artists Book Exhibition, Limerick School of Art and Design

                                By the Lake, uachtarARTS Group Show, pop-up Gallery, Oughterard

                                6x4 Group Show, Culture Night, Oughterard

                                Group show, Conamara Sea Week, Letterfrack

                                Christmas Group Show, Oughterard Courthouse

                                Galway Design Week, West Shore Studio


                    2013    Resonance, Artspace Group Show, The Shed, Galway

                                ‘A Memory of the Sea’ Conamara Sea Week, Letterfrack.

                                Wexford Artist’s Book Exhibition, Denis Collins Gallery, Wexford.

                                Wexford Artist’s Book Exhibition, Daintree Paper, Dublin.

                                 The Lost Archive, Culture Night, Tourist Point, Oughterard.

                                 Soul/Landscape - Presiding Spirit, Inishlacken Island, County Galway.

                    2012    182nd RHA Annual Exhibition 

                                 Impressions 2012 Galway Arts Centre (Selected by Norman Ackroyd)  

                    2011    Artspace 25,  Galway Arts Centre

                                Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden.

                                The Inishlacken Project, Gerard Dillon Gallery, Belfast.

                                Reflection, Connemara Sea Week, Letterfrack


                    2010    Couleurs d’Irlande, Galerie du Faouedic, Lorient, France.

        Anniversary Exhibition, Boyle Arts Festival. Co Roscommon

       Impressions, Galway Arts Centre.

       Small Art Works! West shore Studio Gallery, Oughterard.

       As Light Fades,  Connemara Sea Week, Connemara National Park, Letterfrack

       A Walk in Peatlands, Connemara Bog Week, Connemara National Park, Letterfrack

  1. 2009Ealaion at Lunasa, Galway City Museum. Galway

Inishlacken Project, Clifden Arts Week, Co. Galway   

Inishlacken Project, Redhouse Arts centre, Syracuse, New York

                              Inishlacken Project, The Journey Home, Roundstone, Co. Galway

                    2008    Impressions Galway Arts Centre.

                               Between Islands Clifden Arts Week

                               Inishlacken Galway Arts Centre

                               In situ Galway Arts Festival

                   2007     Artspace 21 Galway Arts Festival

                   1986 – 2007    Artspace Annual Shows

                   2005    Boyle Arts Festival

                   2004    The Western Eye, Lorient.


                   2002    Tulca Festival of Visual Art

                               Cuallacht International Art Project

                    2001    A Voice like yours, Art Journal Exhibition, WSTCT, Seattle.   

                    2000    Millennium Images, Seattle Pacific University Gallery.

                               Women in Print WSCTC

                    1998    The Spirit of Galway, Multicultural Arts Centre, Cambridge, Mass.

                    1996    L’Imaginaire Irlandais  Lyon, Lorient, Galway.



                    2016    Side By Side, Galway Decade of Commemoration, The Courthouse, Oughterard.

                    2013    On Paper, Galway Arts Festival, University Hospital Galway

                    2012    On Paper, Clifden Arts Week


                    2011    Weep Not, Clifden Arts Week.


                     2010     The Small Print Show Oughterard Arts Festival

                     2007     Small Dog Show

                                  Clifden Arts Week

                                  Small Dogs and Other Stories

                                  Carlin Gallery, Carlingford.

                     2006      Small Dog Show

                                   Tulca Festival of Visual Art (Artspace Revolving Door)


                      2005     Other Places

                                  Norman Villa Gallery, Galway

                      1993     Paintings from Africa

                                   West Shore Studio


                       1987     Distant Dream

                                   Galway Arts Centre

Two Person

        2004    Night and Day (with Catherine O’Leanachain)

                    Origin Gallery Dublin

        2003     Comhoibri   (with Catherine O’Leanachain)

                    Galerie Odile Mauve Paris

        1994    Two Person Show (with Marja van Kampen)

                    Galway Arts Centre


        1989     Two Person Show (with Mike Fox)

                    Galway Arts Centre and Temple Bar Gallery Dublin



            Galway County Council

            Galway City Council

            Western Health Board

            Stirling Health

            Bank of Ireland

            Radisson SAS Hotel Group

            Office of Public Works


2012            The Shed Middle Pier, Galway Harbour.

                    Inishlacken Project, Co. Galway

2011            Artspace 25 Galway Arts Centre

2010            The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig County Monaghan

2007            Inishlacken Project, Co. Galway

2004            Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry

2003            Cill Rialaig Project, Co. Kerry

2002            Cuallacht International Art Project, Galway.

2000            Centrum Foundation  Port Townsend, Wa. USA

1998            Artist in Residence, St. Paul’s Secondary School, Oughterard

1997            Ludwigshafen, Germany

1996            L’Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Lorient, France


2016             Individual Artist Bursary Award Galway County Council

2013             Individual Artist Bursary Award Galway County Council

2011             Individual Artist Bursary Award Galway County Council

2010             Individual Artist Bursary Award Galway County Council 

                     Tyrone Guthrie Award 2010       

2008            McNamara Award, Impressions Exhibition, Galway Arts Centre

                    (Adjudicated by Robert Kennan, Bonhams London)

2004            Cultural Relations Committee, Funding

2004            Galway County Council. Funding.

2000            Artflight, Arts Council

1998            Artist in Residence in Schools, Arts Council

1997            Travel Award Arts Council

1987             30 Days of Art in September Arts Council