20 May – 1 July 2021

Oliver Sears Gallery


Broadhaven Bay V Acrylic on paper. 76 x 105 cm. 2021

In February of last year, Donald Teskey returned to his studio in Dublin from the west coast of County Mayo after filming for The Works Presents RTÉ programme. He had planned on developing a new series of paintings based on drawings and photos that he had made in Mayo.
No one could have foreseen the months that followed, with unprecedented travel restrictions and the imposition of lockdown.
This strange, unsettling and previously unimaginable period, and eleven weeks of almost unnaturally glorious Spring weather, saw Teskey return to the subject of streetscapes and to the body of work made around the River Dodder that he began in 2018. With the temporary reprieve in the Summer, Teskey seized the opportunity to return to Mayo and, for ten days, refreshed his Winter memory of the ocean and coastal landscape. 
The pursuant paintings of waves crashing against rock came to symbolize the erosion and washing away of everything we know to be true by an immutable force, foreign to us and more powerful than we understand.  In some respects, Teskey has found himself redefining old boundaries, the parameters we set ourselves over time, in order to represent a year of changed living.

National Gallery of Ireland

11 May – 2 August 2021
Beit Wing

Discover a decade of new acquisitions – many on display for the first time – in New Perspectives. The Gallery holds Ireland’s national collection of art, a collection that is constantly growing and evolving through the addition of new works. These acquisitions augment and enrich the collection for the nation.

New Perspectives includes newly acquired Irish art, Western art, portraiture, works on paper, and archival material, featuring artists from Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) to Alice Neel (1900-1984), and Ilya Bolotowsky (1907–1981) to Mandy O’Neill (b.1968).

Works selected by Sean Rainbird
Curators | Janet McLean & Niamh MacNally

Donald Teskey Portrait of Lenny Abrahamson – 2017 oil on canvas 100 x 100cm

190th RHA Annual Exhibition

20th October – 13th December 2020


The List Gallery Swarthmore College

Spatial Recollections:
Art from the Swarthmore College Permanent Collection and Recent Exhibitors

September 20 — November 20, 2020

Donald Teskey Crum Creek 2017 acrylic on paper 42 x 38 cm

“Several works in the exhibition grew out of residencies by artists invited to Swarthmore from abroad or by Swarthmore-based artists have who engaged in extended cultural exchanges. For example, the small oil sketch, Crum Creek, was created by the noted Irish artist Donald Teskey as part of a plein air painting demonstration he gave in Swarthmore’s Crum Woods during his 2017 residency at the College. Crum Creek offers a point of continuity between the historical works in the gallery’s inner room and the recent works in the outer gallery. By exploring ephemeral qualities of light, paying close attention to his surroundings, and elaborating the plein air tradition in his own way, Teskey creates a vision of nature that resonates across cultures and eras. Spatial Recollections reflects many such collaborations between Swarthmore and artists in communities as distant as Gee’s Bend, Alabama; Haifa, Israel; County Mayo, Ireland, and Jingdezhen, China. Although the pandemic has postponed such collaborations, it offers an opportunity to distill lessons from the past and reflect on values we wish to carry forward.”


The Time Of Our Lives

The last few weeks have brought us, humankind, to a rare inflection point in our collective history. Rather like our ancestors, who tried to measure the future of their lives at the outbreak of World War, we too find ourselves speculating about a future that seems unknowable. So it is to the past that we turn, either in nostalgic recollection or for a familiarity that is simple in its certainty, to cast the anchor and keep our wits. 

It’s unsurprising that more of us than ever now turn to art, music and literature to interpret our new strange daily lives. Hugo Williams, whose poem The Time of Our Lives, has given us the title of our new exhibition says that poets are different because they are inconsolable. They understand that suffering is at the core of the human condition and are compelled to find meaning in the face of this truth. Williams’ seemingly pithy poem is powered by alternating future and present tenses which is an intriguing device to talk about the past; a place where we are having the time of our lives.
We have asked our artists to provide a work of art and if they so choose, to include a few lines of commentary on the poem. We hope you remain safe and healthy during this current crisis.
Artists Katherine Boucher Beug, Sophia Campbell, Michael Canning, Barrie Cooke, Claire Curneen, Jason Ellis, Paul Gaffney, Liam Flynn, 
Sarah Iremonger, Stephen Lawlor, David Eager Maher,
Ed Miliano, Nick Miller, Hughie O’Donoghue, Laurence Riddell, Jeff Schneider, Amelia Stein, Sasha Sykes, Donald  Teskey, Corban Walker, Sarah Walker,  Samuel Walsh, Keith Wilson.

Showing with Dolan/Maxwell at
Art on Paper
March 5-8
@ booth #C19 Pier 36
299 South Street, New York, NY 10002

Islington Design Centre, Upper Street, London N1 0QH
22-26 January 2020

London Art Fair 2020
/ January 10, 2020 View

Donald Teskey: Haven to Haven

Paintings and Prints

July 12 to August 4, 2019

At the O’Driscoll Building, Levis Quay, Skibbereen. Curated by Catherine Hammond.

 For more than two decades, Donald Teskey has visited West Cork, drawn to its embracing, sometimes dramatic landscapes of sea edges, harbour towns, mountains, forests, farms and waterways.   Haven to Haven brings together 40 of Teskey’s paintings from the Mizen to the Beara peninsulas, as well as Gougane Barra, Broadhaven in Co. Mayo and places in between.  Also featured are the Fractured Shoreline suite of carborundum prints, the first time this work will be shown together.

Crosshaven and Mount Gabriel – 120 x 150 cm – oil on canvas – 2019
Sufflo & Fractured Shoreline carborundum Prints
Exhibition review – Sunday Times Ireland.

In Living Memory | An Exhibition of Contemporary Still Life

Oliver Sears Gallery at Emo Court

In association with the Office of Public Works 

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Emo Court being bequeathed to the nation, Oliver Sears Gallery is delighted to present an exhibition of contemporary Still Life to mark the inaugural opening of the first floor Gallery Rooms of the house.

This newly conserved grand Georgian space will host a collection of some 60 contemporary works by, among others, Peter Blake, Michael Craig-Martin, David Hockney, Hughie O’Donoghue,  Camille Souter, Amelia Stein, Sasha Sykes and Donald Teskey.

In Living Memory brings a selection of artists and artworks, both national and international, to the midlands for visitors to engage with during the summer months.
A catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

In Living Memory runs until 29 September 2019

Donald Teskey – Still Life – 2019 -oil on canvas – 60 x 76 cm

Emo Court