Oisin Roche

Oisin Roche was born in Dublin in 1973. He studied painting at the Dun Laoghire College of Art and Design (now the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology) from 1989 to 1991

His first solo exhibition was with the Guinness Gallery Foxrock in 1992 and he has had several one man exhibitions of his paintings since, the last being with Adams Auctioneers, Dublin 2013.

Oisin's work is based on the study of nature based on a classical foundation of drawing and composition. His skillful use of the expressive possibilities of oil paint such as impasto, chiaroscuro, and glazing - techniques he perfected from intensive study of the old masters - gives his paintings a lasting character.

Oisin's paintings have been shown internationally, his last showing being at the BP Portrait Awards at the National Portrait Gallery London with his portrait of journalist and author John Waters.

Although Oisin comes from a tradition influenced by William Orpen and the 'Irish School' of painting, he is still developing a personal style and understands painting to be a communication of emotion through the physical medium of paint itself. His work incorporates studies of people from many different ethnic backgrounds and see's this as a way of exploring the diversity in our modern Irish culture.


"The main aim of my work is to do with paint itself, I want to be able to interpret a subject with the most economical of brush strokes and make the use of paint be the most important thing. The hardest thing to do in painting is to block in your subject and see things simply without the careful and insecure use of small brushes. I hope that my painting will eventually go beyond banal narrative and progress in the painterly vein of Franz Hals and John Singer Sargeant. My goal is to make my work closer to reality than reality itself."

Guinness Gallery Foxrock 1992
Dublin Writers Museum 1994
Kevin Kavanagh Gallery 1996
Molesworth Gallery 2000/2002/2004
Adams Auctioneers 2010
Adams Auctioneers 2013

Royal Hibernian Academy Don Niccolo O'Caracciolo Gold Medal for Painting 1996
Arnnotts Portrait awards 1998
Watercolor Society of Ireland O'Sullivan Graphics Award 2007
Watercolor Society of Ireland Evans Art Supply award 2009
Award for outstanding portraiture 2014 - Irish Arts Review/Ireland US Council.

Solomon Gallery 1995-98
Molesworth Gallery summer exhibitions 2000- 2004
Wexford Opera festival 2000
United arts club life drawing exhibition 2005-2009
Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition 1990-2008
BP Portrait Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London 2008
Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London, June 2013

Dun Laoghaire College of Art Watercolor course, 2005-2009
Kennedy's art suppliers Portrait demonstrations 2005-2009
One to one studio sessions - on-going.

Adams Important Irish art 2005-2009

Department of Engineering Trinity College
Stein Travel Landscapes for Boardroom
OPW Portrait of Liam Cosgrave
Portrait of Niall Andrews Fiana Fail TD 2007
John Waters Author and Journalist 2008

Arts council art flight award
Dresden 1996
New York 1997
London 2004/2008
Seville /Madrid 2004
Berlin 2009