Biography

James Gilna was raised in Dublin and attended Dún Laoghaire School of Art and Design as well as the National College of Art and Design.

A serial wooden boat owner, he has been painting maritime subjects since becoming a full-time painter in 2005.

When not researching or working on paintings, he sails 'Erica', a Howth 17-footer designed in 1897.

Solo Exhibitions

2019

To Windward. National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland.

2015

Forms of Complicity. Steambox Gallery, IMOCA, Dublin, Ireland.

2010

The Improbable Portrait. SolArt Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

Group Exhibitions

2016

Ice Tuxedo, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK


2015

Strangers; Our Selves, Steambox Gallery, Independent Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, IRL

Quantum Leap, Foundation15 in association with the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Offaly, IRL

Chromatic, Linus Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

HUE, Hive Emerging, Waterford, IRL

POP Living, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK


2014

Autumn & the Perpetual Machine, Independent Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, IRL


2013

Hot One Hundred, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK

BIMPE VII, University of British Colombia, B.C., Canada

SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


2012

Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, UK

BIMPE VII, Federation Gallery, Vancouver B.C., Canada

Studio 10, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

The Poly Arts Centre, Falmouth, Cornwall, UK


2011

NSA Print, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall, UK

Open Portrait, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham, UK

Etching and Intaglio Exhibition, Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast, UK

Annual Exhibition, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, IRL

Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, UK

Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK

Annual Open, Clinton Centre Gallery, Fermanagh, UK


2010

CEAD, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, IRL

Imagine Waterford Arts Festival, various venues, Waterford, IRL

A4 Print, Open Space Galleries, Penryn, Cornwall, UK