Ruth O'Donnell

born Galway 1952, educated at the Institut Saint Luc, Brussels, 1986 to
1990 (Graduat en Arts Plastiques, avec distinction), joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 1991.
Her still life imagery references art history, literary sources, museum pieces as well as
personal experience. She develops her material in sketchbooks (which she also exhibits)
and makes her etchings on multiple plates, favouring sugar lift and spit biting techniques.
Recent solo exhibitions include All is not lost, 2016 and Lines of Descent, 2012, Graphic
Studio Gallery. Recent group shows include Interiors, Blue House Gallery, Schull and
Impressions Biennial, Galway, 2017. Her work was selected from the OPW collection for
Finders and Keepers, DLR Lexicon, 2015.
Major Graphic Studio projects include Artist’s Proof, 2009, Gardens of Earthly Delight,
2005, and Holy Show, 2002, at the Chester Beatty Library and Art/Art, 1998, National
Gallery of Ireland.
Commissions include Behaviour and Attitudes, Marketing Research, Dublin and P&O
Cruise Ship, “Oriana” . She has undertaken several residencies, most recently in the
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2014, which featured in a short film on
She has given talks about her work in the National Gallery of Ireland: Studies in
Watercolour, 2012 and Sources of Inspiration, 2015