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


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


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


The Improbable Portrait. SolArt Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

Group Exhibitions


Ice Tuxedo, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK


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


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


Hot One Hundred, Schwartz Gallery, London, UK

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

SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


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


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


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