Seamus O’ Rourke Born in Co. Wexford, Ireland. Studied at University of Ulster at Belfast , M.A. in Fine Art 1993-94, Limerick School of Art & Design 1991-92 .Waterford Institute of Technology 1985 – 89.

Selected Solo Exhibitions :

Night Drawings, Culture Night, Dublin 2021.

Fourteen Drawings, Culture Night, Dublin 2020.

ARC Gallery, Chicago, USA 2016. 

Pallas Projects/Studios, Dublin 2014.

Broadstone Studios, Dublin 2008 & 2013

The Workroom, Dublin 2003.Galerie Sanjo, Kyoto, Japan 2003.

Limerick City Gallery of Art at the Hunt Museum 1997.

Galerie Tendenz, Sindelfingen, Germany 1997.

Entoderweder Galerie, Germany 1992, 1996* and 2000.

Selected Group Exhibitions ;

The FL3TCH3R Exhibit, Reece Museum,( Curator Michael Ray Charles) East Tennessee State University, TN, USA.

PAINT 2021 (Curator Michelle Y Loh) Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT, USA, 2021

Wells Art Contemporary(Curator Phillip Allen) Wells, Somerset, UK 2020. 

‘Archives’,Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center, Cincinnati,OH, USA.2018.

Bushwick Open Studios, SPACE 776, Brooklyn, NYC, USA.2018.

Paper Works’, Fort Works Art, Fort Worth, Tx, USA, 2017, curator ; Alison Hearst ( Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Drawing Never Dies’, curated by Donald Fodness and Daisy McGowan, REDLINE Contemporary Art Center, Denver, Co, USA, 2016. 

Macroscope’ Manifest Creative Research Gallery & Drawing Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA, 2015. 

‘Over the Edge:Paperworks Unbound’, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York – juried and curated by Claire Gilman ( Curator at Drawing Center NY) and co-curated by Yuko Nii and Rebecca Cuomo 2014.

‘Little Kingdoms’, Catalyst Art Gallery, Belfast, 2014.-

‘5th International Drawing Exhibition’, Museum for Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland, 2012*.

‘Between Lines’, Signal Arts Centre, Bray, 2012.

Horizon Sprawl’, Ormston House, Limerick, 2012.

‘All Colours Black’,curated by Mark St John Ellis, Cross Gallery,Dublin,2010.

‘Process Visible’, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin. 2009.

‘Schwarzweiss’ , Galerie Inga Kondeyne, Berlin, 2007.

5th International Biennale of Drawing, Pilzen, Czech Republic 2006*.

‘Full circle’, Templebar Galleries 2004.

Goethe Institute, Dublin 2003.

Galerie Voelcker & Freunde, Berlin; Jan – Apr 2003.

1st International Drawing Biennale, Melbourne, Australia (Award Winner), 2001*.

15th International Triennale of Drawing, Moderna Galerija, Rijeka, Croatia, 2000*.

Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition,at Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education,UK,and tour to Saint Lukas Gallerij, Brussels, Belgium. & to EICH University of Humberside Gallery, Hull, UK 1999*

‘First Look’ at the RHA Gallagher Gallery and the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny 1999, curated by Patrick T Murphy.

‘Lingua Occulorum’ at Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick and Tigh Fili, Cork 1997

EV+A 2005* ( Curator: Dan Cameron).
EV+A 1999* ( Curator: Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn)
EV+A 1998* ( Curator: Paul O’Reilly)
EV+A 1995* ( Curator: Maria De Corral)
Belfast Young Contemporaries 1994,
MFA Exhibition,Guinness Hops Store, Dublin, 1994

-* indicates Publication/ Catalogue.


In 2001 Seamus O’Rourke received the Polish Art Foundation Drawing Award At the 1st Melbourne International Drawing Biennale, Australia.  

Arts Council of Ireland awards in 1992, 1996, 2000 ,2003

Cultural Relations Committee Awards 1992, 1997 and 2000. 

Culture Ireland Award 2016


‘The Top 5 Things to do in Chicago this week’, Chicago Magazine 2016, Evan Linder.
‘Dark Inventory at Pallas Projects’, Dr Slavka Sverakova, 2015. 

‘Redline’s “Drawing Never Dies…”, The Denver Post, 2016

‘Censorship and Loss’ Expanding Drawing Practices, 2016

Macroscope, Exhibition Publication, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

O’Rourke’s work has been reviewed in Suddeutsche Zeitung in 1992, 1996 and 2000. The Sunday Times 1994, Kreiszeitung Boblingerbote 1997, The Irish Times 1999 and EV+A 1999 (catalogue essay), Circa issue 81. 

e-mail: sjorourke@eircom. net
Lives in Dublin.