Irish Artist Directory

Gerard Dillon (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: Gerard Dillon

Lived: 1916 - 1971

Categories: Landscapes, Portraits

Artist Biography

A mostly self taught artist, Belfast born Gerard Dillon began painting full time in the late 1930s, having left school at the age of fourteen to pursue a career as a painter and decorator and studying at the Belfast Technical School before moving to London in 1934. In the following decade Dillon spent bouts in both London and Dublin, having exhibitions there and in Northern Ireland. His first solo exhibition was at the Country Shop in Dublin in 1942 and was opened by Mainie Jellett. He exhibited at the IELA first exhibition in 1943, joining the Committee in 1950, a position he held until his death.

However the place that significantly impacted the subject matter of his painting was the West of Ireland, where he was intrigued by the locals and the landscape. Dillon received international recognition in 1958 when he had the double honour of representing Ireland at the Guggenheim International Show in New York and Great Britain at the Pittsburgh International Exhibition. During his career he continually exhibited at the Victor Waddington Gallery, the Dawson Gallery and with at the RHA.

In 1972 a major retrospective of his work was mounted by the Ulster Museum and travelled to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin. Adams hosted a major retrospective exhibition of his work 'Gerard Dillon: Art and Friendships' in Dublin and Clandeboye, Co. Down in 2013. 

Please click here to visit our extensive summer loan show catalogue 'Gerard Dillon: Art and Friendships'.

Gerard Dillon's work features extensively in 'George Campbell and the Belfast Boys' exhibition (2015). Please click here to view the catalogue. 

His work also featured in:

'Ulster Artists Exhibition' (2010). Please click here to view the catalogue.

'A Celebration of Irish Art and Modernism' exhibition (2011). Please click here to view the catalogue.

'Ireland: Her People and Her Landscape' exhibition (2012). Please click here to view the catalogue.

Currently On Sale at Adam's

Lot 48

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) A Load of Hay Oil on board, 26 x 2...

Estimate Price €8,000.00 - €12,000.00

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Lot 47

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) The Wonderful Farm Machine Mixed m...

Estimate Price €10,000.00 - €15,000.00

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Lot 127

Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Three Figures Charcoal/pastel, 22 ...

Estimate Price €2,000.00 - €3,000.00

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Gerard Dillon Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

Gerard Dillon RHA RUA (1916-1971) Inishlacken Oil on Board, 41 x 61cm, (16 x 24'') Signed Proven...

Hammer Price €185,000.00

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Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Aran Horse Man Oil on board, 35 x 47.5cm (13.75 x 18.75'') Signed and d...

Hammer Price €96,000.00

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Gerard Dillon RHA RUA (1916-1971) The Jockey Oil on board, 63.5 x 73.2cm (25 x 30'') Signed and i...

Hammer Price €92,000.00

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Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Italian with Fowl (1948) Oil on board, 60 x 50 cm (20 x 24'') Signed Pr...

Hammer Price €85,000.00

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Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Connemara Lovers Oil on canvas, 49 x 59.25cm, (19.5 x 23.5'') Signed T...

Hammer Price €80,000.00

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