Diana Copperwhite


Diana Copperwhite – Works available on Artsy (link)


Diana Copperwhite’s work stems from an idiosyncratic practice that embraces the temporal nature of painting practice. This encompasses working with large-scale wall installations, large canvases and an ongoing interest in the human portrait.  Born 1969 in Limerick, she studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design from 1987-92, received a BA in painting at the National college of Art and Design, Dublin and went on to do an MFA at the Winchester School of Art and Design, Barcelona.  Copperwhite is engaged with a sustained conceptual exploration of memory and abstraction. Using identifiable subjects, and sometimes drawing on media images, she plays with light and color to create slightly unreal dreamlike and transitory compositions. The mood of her work is generally lyrical, creating an air of ambiguity of memories transformed in the unceasing passage of time.  In a most unique capacity, she works over recognizable images, working and reworking their surface and adding rich layers, so that objects are transported in an entirely new direction into a fluid visual quality of being remembered or reimagined in singular vibrant ways.


Her work is in public collections, including Irish Museum of Modern Art; Arts Council of Ireland; Limerick City Gallery of Art; Office of Public Works; Contemporary Irish Art Society; Mariehamn Stadbiblioteque, Aland, Finland; International Red Cross Netherlands — and private collections in the US, Australia and Europe.  She has exhibited widely, including in London, Dublin, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Barcelona, New York. France and Amsterdam.  Copperwhite was awarded the AIB Art Prize in 2007, which resulted in a major monograph and touring exhibition of her work.  Her recent publication Fake New World was published to coincide with a wall drawing and recent exhibition at the RHA Gallery Dublin, it features a recent biography written by Gail Levin. Her work is held in many important public collections including the Office of Public Works, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council of Ireland, Limerick City Gallery of Art, as well as private collections in Ireland, across Europe and in the United States.  She was a resident artist at the Josef Albers Foundation Connecticut (2012). She was a finalist in the Guasch Coranty Fundacio Painting Prize, Centre Cultural Metropolita Tecia Sala, Barcelona (2008) and was winner of the AIB Art Prize (2007).  Diana Copperwhite, born 1969, lives and works in Dublin.


The Brooklyn Rail – The Clock Struck Between Time (article link)



1999-2000          Winchester School of Art and Design, Barcelona, MA European Fine Art

1992-94             National College of Art & Design, BA Hons, Painting

1987-92             Limerick School of Art & Design, NCEA Diploma, Painting


Solo Exhibitions


The Clock Struck Between Time, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York


Crooked Orbit, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

Depend On The Morning Sun, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York


Driven By Distraction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin


A Million and One Things Under the Sun, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin


Solo Booth at Pulse, New York


Shadowland, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York


Loose Ends, 532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel, New York Solo Booth at VOLTA NY, New York


An Island from the day before, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin


perfect near miss, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

eclipse of a title, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda

eclipse of a title, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris


eclipse of a title, West Cork Arts Centre


BLIND SPOT, Limerick City Art Gallery


In a certain light, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin


Midnight, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin


Galleri Kakelhallen, Aland, Finland


Panorama Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Barcelona


Rubicon Gallery, Dublin


Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin



Group Exhibitions


MAKing Art:PAINTing, collection of Arts Council of Ireland, Draíocht  Gallery, Dublin

PRISM The Art And Science of Light, group show with Diana Copperwhite, Polly Apfelbaum, David Batchelor, Alan Butler, James Clar, Jenny Holzer, Brigitte Kowanz, Dennis McNulty, Emer O’boyle, Grace Weir. The Glucksman, Cork, Ireland.


Bounty, two-person show with Aileen Murphy, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

Context Art Miami, 523 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel Booth, Miami

Group Show at Mark Rothko centre as part of painting symposium, Daugavpils, Latvia

HOME, More than Bricks and Mortar – Works from the IMMA collection, Draíocht, Dublin

Hells Kitchen,Thomas Jaeckel (off site), New York

Double Vision, w/Shirly Copperwhite, dlr Lexicon, Co. Dublin


Last Picture Show, w/, Mary Heilmann, Chris Ofili, Danny Rolph, Vanessa Jackson, Elio Rodriguez, Jill Levine, Rebecca Smith, Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York

Virtú, inc. Picasso, Giacometti, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Magill, Sean Scully, Hunt Museum, Limerick, Ireland


Winter Salon, Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York


Crawford Gallery, The Mall Galleries, London

The Art of a Nation, from the collections of AIB, Mall  Galleries, London


Inside the Palace, with Danny Rolph, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

New Acquisitions, RHA, Dublin

Paintings, Limerick City of Culture, Limerick, Ireland


Into the Light, The Arts Council-60 Years of Supporting the Arts Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Anna Bjerger, Diana Copperwhite and Oliver Comerford, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

Painting Now, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

Making Familiar; Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, curated by James Merrigan and Group show and Symposium: Temple Bar Gallery

VOLTA 8 Basel, Switzerland

Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Temporary public Art Commission

The Mind was Dreaming, the world was its Dream, Diana Copperwhite, Michael Kalmbach & Hiraki Sawa, Curated by Jacqui McIntosh, Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Ireland


The Fold, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow

New Works Visiting Artists, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin

Graphic Studio: 50 Years in Dublin, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin


Collecting the New: Recent Acquisitions to the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Regarding Painting, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

The Marianbad Palace, Haroon Mirza, Diana Copperwhite, Laura Buckley, Jorge de la Garza, Alicja Kwade and Ian Monroe, Highlanes Gallery and Driochead Arts Centre, Drogheda Arts Festival, curated by Jacqui McIntosh

Abundance, Limerick City Gallery of Art


Above the Fold, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

Alchimie – Multiples – Papiers, Françoise Besson, Lyon, curated by Michael Woolworth, Lyon Biennale

Visiting Artists, Graphic Studio Gallery

To Have & Have Not, curated by Gemma Tipton, Kinsale Arts Week, Cork


Group Therapy, Kevin Kavanagh, Dublin

Winter Salon, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

International Painting Prize, Guasch Coranty Fundacio, Tecla Sala, Barcelona


Presence, Limerick City Gallery of Art

The Big Store, curated by Alan Butler & Rayne Booth, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.

Group show, curated by Martin Gale Fenton Gallery, Cork

Invited artist, RHA Annual Exhibition, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin


Other Visions, curated by Aidan Dunne, Art Critic, The Irish Times, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London


A Moment In Time, Temple Bar Gallery

Reality Show, curated by Gemma Tipton, Siamsa Tíre, Tralee

Group Show, From the Liberties to Parramatta, University of Western Sydney, Australia


Aqui/alli, Can Felipe, Poblenou Barcelona



E+va, Exhibition of Visual Art, curated by Jeanne Greenberg, Limerick City Gallery of Art

Fantastic Overload, Rubicon Gallery Dublin


Site Specific Projects


Driven by Distraction, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin


Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Temporary public Art Commission


eclipse of a title, Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, Drogheda

eclipse of a title, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris



Awards and Residences


2018     Residency at Mark Rothko Centre, Latvia

2015       Nominee, Pulse Prize, New York

2012      Josef Albers Foundation Connecticut, Invited Artist.

2008     Finalist – International Painting Prize, Guasch Coranty Fundacio, Barcelona Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Project Residency

2007     Winner of 2007 AIB Prize



Selected Bibliography



Diana Copperwhite: Signal to Noise, Stephen Maine, Hyperallergic, January 7th, 2017


Driven by Distraction, Dr. Yvonne Scott, Irish Arts Review, Vol.33 No.3


Worlds on the brink and cosmic explorations, Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, April 2015

A walk through the art fairs, Brian P.Kelly, Arma Virumque, The New Criterion, March 10th 2015

A Scanner Darkly, Diana Copperwhite in conversation with Helen O’Leary, Professor of Painting, Penn State, Two Coats of Paint, Painters Table, April 2015

This lasted until dawn – works from the IMMA collection, Irish Times, May 2015


Pulsing Pulse, 2014 New York edition, Sharon Butler, Two coats of Paint, May 2014

What Lies Beneath, Niall MacMonagle, Irish Independent, February 2014

RHA Annual Show, Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, June 2014


Painting in Chelsea: September, Elizabeth Condon, Painter’s Table, September 2013

Highlights from Armory Week: Recap from Artist’s Point of View, Dana Nichols, Cartwheel Art, March 2013


The mind was dreaming, the world was its dream, John Gayer, The Visual Artist’s News Sheet, March –April 2012

The Hellfire Club, Maria Tanner, Paper Visual Art Journal, September 2012


The Fold: A Painting Show, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Gemma Tipton, Artforum Critic’s Pick

Spirits in the material world, Cristín Leach Hughes, The Sunday Times, October 2011

Carlow’s Visual Joins the Fold, Gemma Tipton, The Irish Times, May 2011

The Fold: A Painting Show, Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, February 2011

A view from the island, Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, November 2011


On a Lighter Note, Gerry McCarthy, The Sunday Times, May 2010


Diana Copperwhite: Perfect Near Miss, Kate Butler, The Sunday Times, May 2009


Spliced Realities, Alanah Hopkin, Irish Arts Review, Autumn 2008

Past, Present and Future, All at Once, Eimear McKeith, Sunday Tribune, October 2008

Eclipse of a Title, Chris Clark, CIRCA, Winter 2008

Painted from a Personal Palette, Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times, November 2008


AIB Prize, Marian O’Kane Boal, Irish Arts Review, Summer 2007


Selected Publications


Fake New World, monograph published by Royal Hibernian Academy, text by Gail Levin, Dublin, 2016


A Lonely Impulse of Desire, published by SO Fine Art, in conjunction w/ A Lonely Impulse of Desire, Dublin, 2015

A Scanner Darkly, Diana Copperwhite in conversation with Helen O’Leary, for Pulse New York, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-9560538-6-2


The Mind was dreaming, the world was its dream, Jacqui McIntosh, Solstice Arts Centre, ISBN: 978-0-9560538-2-4

The Hellfire Club, Michelle Horrigan, Padraic E. Moore, Brian O’Doherty, Askeaton Contemporary Arts, ISBN: 978-0-9558630-5-9


Creative Ireland: The Visual Arts, (anthology) Noel Kelly, Sean Kissane, Visual Artists Ireland, ISBN: 978-1-907683-11-4


Dictionary of Living Irish Artists, (anthology) Robert O’Byrne, Plurabelle Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9563011-0-9


Eclipse of a Title, Colm Tóibín, Skye Sherwin, West Cork Arts Centre, ISBN 1-904354-20-3


Flat Earth, Kevin Kavanagh for ARCO Madrid, ISBN 978-0-9555164-0-5


National Gallery of Ireland

Rothko Centre, Daugavpils Latvia

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Allied Irish Bank

Arts Council of Ireland

Limerick City Gallery of Art

The Office of Public Works

Contemporary Irish Art Society

Bank of Ireland

Dublin Institute of Technology

Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery

Jefferson Smurfit


Arthur Andersen Plc

International Red Cross Netherlands

Mariehamn Stadbiblioteque

Aland, Finland

The President of Ireland

Jean Cherqui Paris

Arthur Cox Solicitors

DPS Engineering

National Self Portrait Collection

Private collections in Ireland, Belgium, Finland, France, USA and UK.



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