Let’s Stay Together: Una Sealy

Let's Stay Together: Una Sealy 

An initiative connecting artists and communities during Covid-19.

In the fourth and fifth week of our Let's Stay Together series we welcomed Fingal artist Una Sealy. Una is established as one of Ireland's leading visual artists. Her work is included in many private and public art collections, including our own in Fingal County Council. She is best known for her paintings of domestic interiors, streetscapes, landscapes and portraits.

In this stream of Let's Stay Together Una took us through her process of how to paint a portrait: vimeo.com/418397722  

Then we caught up again with Una to talk about the impact Covid-19 is having on her art practice, which can be viewed here: vimeo.com/421595851  

Una Sealy Biog

Una Sealy is a graduate of Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design , (now IADT), in Fine Art, Painting, 1980, and UCD (Higher Diploma in Arts Administration, 1989). She was elected an Associate of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 2010, and a full member in 2016. She was the winner of the Adam’s Award for the Artist with the most potential for Future Appreciation at the RHA Annual Exhibition 2015, and she was one of 12 finalists shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Award in 2014. At the RHA in 2011 she was awarded the Ireland-U.S. Council/Irish Arts Review Award for Outstanding Portraiture. She has been awarded several Arts Council bursaries including a Travel and Training award for a period of study in France in 2013.

During her career to date, she has been involved in many aspects of the arts while maintaining her commitment to painting throughout. In 1982, she co-founded Studio 16, one of the first and longest running group artists’ studios in Temple Bar, Dublin. During the 80’s she was very involved in the community arts movement, and was manager of the City Arts Centre, Dublin, from 1985 to 1991. Una lectured in painting at Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design from 1991 to 1996, after which she moved to San Francisco where she painted and exhibited for two years.

Una has held nine solo exhibitions including those in The Ashford Gallery (RHA), (2000 and 2016) the Molesworth Gallery Dublin, (2003 and 2006) and Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise (2004) She had a major mid-career review exhibition at Draiocht, Dublin in 2012/2013, and her most recent solo exhibition was at the RHA Ashford Gallery in July/August 2016. Una's work has been selected for curated group shows in San Francisco, New York and Britain as well as many in Ireland, exhibiting regularly at the RHA annual exhibition since 1991.

Her work is featured in many public and private collections including The Haverty Trust, Fingal County Council, Boyle Civic Collection, Little Museum of Dublin, Office of Public Works, Commission for Energy Regulation, National Self Portrait Collection, and Great Book of Ireland

Una has been a visiting lecturer to many 2nd and 3rd level colleges, and is a regular invited tutor on drawing courses in the National Gallery of Ireland and the RHA School where she has developed a teaching module on Anatomy for Artists in association with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

She was a judge on the RTE series Painting the Nation in October 2016.