Biography

Nicola Lynch Morrin lives and works in Co. Kildare, Ireland. She is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design and has been a winner of the prestigious RDS Dr Murial Gahan Scholarship. In October 2011 she received the Dart Award for a work of distinction in The Watercolour Society of Ireland 157th Annual Exhibition. Nicola’s career includes seven successful solo exhibitions and she has exhibited widely in many group exhibitions including the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA), Oireachtas, Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Claremorris Open Exhibition and many others. Nicola is currently a serving director on the board of the Graphic Studio Dublin, Hon Treasurer of The Water Colour Society of Ireland, a member of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists and Festival Arts Officer for the Dunlavin Festival of Arts exhibition.

1981 – 1986        National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland –  Education (Honours)                                                                                                   1986 – 1987        National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland –  Printed Textiles (Distinction)

AWARDS
Silver-Gilt Medal for Watercolour, Bloom Floral and Botanical Art Exhibition, Dublin 2016
Silver Medal for Etching, Bloom Floral and Botanical Art Exhibition, Dublin 2015
Dart Award for a work of Distinction in The Water Colour Society of Ireland 157th Exhibition, 2011
Irish artist selected to participate in The Spring Grasses Cross Cultural Collaboration Project, Kentucky, USA, 2005
RDS Crafts Competition, Muriel Gahan Scholarship, 1988
RDS Crafts Competition, 1st prize & Certificate of Merit, 1987
RDS Crafts Competition, Certificate of Merit & Commendation, 1986

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
RHA, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010
The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club 139th Annual Exhibition , Invited artist. 2017, 2016
Art of Colour: A New Grasses Exhibit. Portland Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. (Supported by Culture Ireland) March 16th – May 19th 2017.
RUA, Royal Ulster Academy of Arts, Ulster Museum, Belfast. 2016, 2015
‘Plandai Oidhreachta’, Irish Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. November 2016.
‘Uris Felicitas’ (City of happiness) Graphic Studio Gallery, Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin September 2016.
‘The Print Show’, Newtownbarry House, Bunclody, Co Wexford. August 2016
‘Printed Matters’, Connaught Tribune Printworks, Market Street, Galway. August 2016
‘In Bloom”, Graphic Studio Gallery, Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. June 2016
‘Legacy’ National Fine Art Print exhibition, The Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo. June 2016
‘Floral Art in the Park’ Expo.  Visitors Centre, Phoenix Park Dublin. June 2017
‘Flora Botanica’, Ranelagh Arts Centre,Dublin. 5th – 19th May 2016
‘May-June Art Show’, The House, Howth, Dublin. 2016
Botanical and Floral Art in Bloom Exhibition, Phoenix Park, Dublin 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, Members Summer and Christmas Exhibitions, 2017 – 2011
Irish Water Colour Society of Ireland, Annual Members Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire, 2016 – 2011
Dunlavin Arts Festival, Wicklow, 2017 – 2010
Tuckmill Gallery Annual Christmas Exhibition, Moat Theatre, Naas, 2016 – 2009
A Natural Selection, Graphic Studio Dublin, The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Greenacres Art Gallery, Wexford, Lavit Gallery, Cork,
Hamilton Gallery, Sligo, RDS, Dublin, Galleri Astley, Uttersberg,Sweden 2013-2015
Greenacres Art Gallery, Wexford Opera Festival,Summer and Winter Exhibitions, Wexford, 2015 – 2011
Newtownbarry House Summer Exhibition, Bunclody, Co. Wexford, 2012
Kennedy Art Gallery, Harcourt Street, Dublin, 2012 – 1991
Phizzfest, Phibsboro Arts Festival, Dublin 2012
RIAC, Dawson Street, Dublin, Summer and Christmas Exhibition,2013, 2012
Mater Art, Biennial Exhibitions, Dublin, 1997 – 2010
Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Open Selection Exhibition, Carlow, 2009, 1996
The Hermione Art Exhibition, Alexandra College, Dublin, 2010, 2009
Johnston Castle – Wexford Opera Festival, 2009, 2007
Carysfort Gallery, Wexford Opera Festival & Dublin, 2011 -2010
Artforms Gallery, Carlow, 2011, 2010
Narrow Space Gallery, Clonmel, 2005
Mary Anderson Centre for the Arts, Indiana, USA, 2005
Castle Durrow, Durrow, Co. Laoise, 2005 – 2002
Kenny Gallery, Galway. Figurative Art Ireland, Dunlaoghaire, 2002
The Oireachtas Exhibition, Dunlaoghaire, 2001, 2000
Athy Art Group, annual exhibition, 2005 – 2000
Solomons Art Gallery, Dublin, 1999
Hallward Art Gallery, Dublin, 1999
Distinguished Artists Gallery, Dublin, 1997 – 1996
Altamont Gallery, Co. Carlow, 1997 – 1996
Group exhibition of Irish Artists in Singapore, 1995
The Elba Gallery, Great Strand Street, Dublin, 1990
The Oireachtas Exhibition, RHA Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, 1990
COE 90, (Claremorris Open Exhibition), Claremorris, 1990
United Artists Exhibition, Mansion House, 1990
Royal Dublin Society Crafts Competition, 1987 / 1986
C.E.E.R Art Exhibition – Bank of Ireland, HQ, Baggot Street, 1987

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Foodworks, Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2012
The Gallery @ On the Grapevine, Booterstown, Dublin, 2006
The Kennedy Art Gallery, Harcourt Street, Dublin, 1998
Dannettes Feast, Eigse Arts Festival, Co Carlow, 1997
Ulster Bank, Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, 1996
Kennedy Art Gallery, Harcourt Street, Dublin, 1991
AIB Bankcentre, Ballsbridge, Dublin, 1988

COLLECTIONS
AIB Bank, Office of Public Works, Allied Irish Finance, Ulster Bank Ltd., IAWS Plc,
Price Waterhouse Coopers, Irish Life, Mater Private Hospital, Irish Bankers Federation, The Botanic Gardens.