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David Nowlan was born in Dublin in 1966.


This Irish portraitist and landscape artist exemplify much of the European or “cosmopolitan” tradition in Irish art, but without for a moment forsaking his native country. His art is inspired as much by the iconic figures of Irish history, as it’s shaped by the Impressionism, colours, and light of France. Exceptionally gifted in still life and landscape painting, as well as portraiture, many of his works are an object lesson in the use of particular shades of colour in order to capture the mood or moment of the subject. More Manet than Monet in his traditional approach to composition, his use of black pigment and his preference for representational and figurative work, his modern touch makes him a true “contemporary Impressionist”. One of the leading exponents of representational painting in Ireland, he is currently working on a series of “Living Irish Portraits”, depicting a variety of major Irish personalities and cultural icons. Nowlan’s approach to portraiture provides interesting and cultural icons. Nowlan’s approach to portraiture provides an interesting insight into his philosophy. He is also strongly drawn to the historical and literary figures proceeding the modern Celtic Tiger; the heroes of the Celtic Dawn.


Using his acute powers of observation, his flair for drawing and the tonal language of Impressionism, he seeks to recapture the ability of his predecessors to transmit the legacy of their literature, lore, and art, which underpins so much of present-day Irish cultures. As well as portraits, Nowlan has painted in a range of landscapes, cityscapes in the almost forgotten discipline of plein-air and some beautiful still life studies. Although heavily involved in commissions, Nowlan has shown in several solo and numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and France. His paintings are represented in many private and corporate collections. He is a founder member of the new artist group the Oil Painters of Ireland, formed to promote the merits of traditional and representational art to the Irish public. Nowlan studied design at the Dublin College of Marketing and Design, before moving to Los Angeles where he worked as an artist in Disney’s animation studios. Thereafter, in addition to working on private commissions, he established himself as a freelance Background Painter and later as an art director involved in projects in Dublin, London, Copenhagen, Oslo and Berlin for companies like Warner Bros., Sullivan Bluth, and R.T.E. He was also commissioned by the Irish government to complete a series of Irish landscapes depicting conditions during the era of the Celtic High Kings of Ireland – works, which he based partly on the mythological writing of W.B. Yeats. He also lectured in art at the College of Art and Design in Dun Laoghaire. Since the early 2000’s he has concentrated on his fine art career and in 2004 moved to France with his wife and two children.


I started oil painting when I was living in Castelnau de Montmiral, near Gaillac in the South West of France. I joined the local painters association of Gaillac. Later I had two solo shows in France, one sponsored by the tourist board in Gaillac. I have been a full-time oil painter since 2005, with the last number of years specializing in portraits. I have painted The Rev. Ian Paisley, which is now hanging in Stormont Assembly. Other commissions have been Bono, Ivor Browne, Niall Toibin, Pádraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.


United Arts Club, Christmas Show, Dublin City 



RHA unselected show the Bad Art Gallery, Dublin 


Five Man Show, The Traditional Palette, Gallery 4, Sandymount Green, Dublin 4 


127th Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition in Titanic Drawing Offices 


Autumn Show

Gallery 4, Sandymount Green, Dublin 4


Solo Show

‘Light of Gaillac’ in association with Gaillac Tourist Office, Tarn, SW France


Two Man, One Woman,

‘A Sense of Nature and Form’

Gallery 4, Sandymount Green, Dublin 4 


Winter ‘The Bad Art Gallery Annual Christmas Show,’ Francis Street, Dublin 8 


‘Venice and Beyond’, Greenacres Gallery, Co. Wexford  


RHA Unselected Show -

Francis Street, Dublin 8 

OCTOBER 16th - NOVEMBER 6th 2008

Summer Show

Cherrylane Gallery Co. Wicklow


Solo Show

‘Plein Air Gaillac’ Gallery Marc Destors, Gaillac Tarn, SW France 



K&M Evans Artist Suppliers Award 2010, Heritage Council Prize, Art in the Open 

WEXFORD - 2008


UK’s public art collections (two paintings)

Rev. Ian Paisley Portrait hanging at The Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont

Lord David Trimble Portrait hanging at The Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont


Anne Heraty, Irish Businesswoman

CPL Ltd, Dublin, Irelands largest recruitment company

Harry Crosbie, Dublin, Businessman

Dr Mark Mitchnick, East Hampton, USA, Doctor and Inventor

Hugo Nicolle, London, Garden designer

David Barclay, London, of Barclay’s bank

Charities Supported

London Irish Centre

The SCOOP Foundation and SCOOP / Syrias Vibes

Links (golf charity founded by Cecil Whelan)

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The Jack & Jill Children's Foundation

Peter McVerry Trust (No Fixed Abode Exhibition)

Fr. John Skinnader C.S.Sp. Spiritan Mission, Rumbeck, South Sudan

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