Padraig McCaul is a Dublin born artist who now lives and works on Achill Island, off the Mayo coast. His work is widely collected internationally and at home and is held in many prestigious collections, including the Hottinger Art Collection in London, the President's office, Notre Dame University, USA, the Haddington Hotel, Dun Laoghaire and the Tannery Restaurant in Dungarvan.


McCaul's paintings are drawn from the untamed landscapes and coastline of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way which has had a profound influence on his work, providing inspiration through the natural beauty and colour of the surrounding landscape. Describing his symbiotic relationship with his adopted home place, Padraig says ‘’It has everything that a landscape artist would want, there is the sea, the mountains, the rolling bog, and the sky and the light that changes every hour of the day. There is no reason to go beyond it, there is so much here to inspire painting’’.

He presents the Irish landscape in a series of colour filled, evocative images, where broad strokes are preferred to fine detail and where simple, uncluttered compositions allow room for the viewer to get lost in the paintings. Houses, roads, farm buildings, country lanes, all feature strongly in his work. His work has evolved to include more figurative work, primarily based on his own family members, using simple colour filled forms to suggest family. The figures have opened up new possibilities to explore colour and emotion, with a particular emphasis on the warmth of close relationships between family and friends.


“McCaul’s work is absolutely amazing – alive and vibrant – with tremendous haunting depth and structure that sticks in your mind.”  

Lucinda O’Sullivan, The Sunday Independent

Inviting, provocative, unforgettable, the art of Padraig McCaul is a treasure waiting anyone who has experienced the profound beauty of Ireland. McCaul brings the essence of Ireland’s stark and isolated beauty to life.”

Susan Magan, Ohio Irish American News


solo exhibitions

  • The Design Loft, Enniskerry – 2019
  • Stories of Home, Kidogo Arthouse, Fremantle, Australia - 2017
  • When all Roads Lead Home – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin - 2016
  • Along the Atlantic Way – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin - 2015
  • Island Life – The Western Light Art Gallery, Keel - 2014
  • Family Album – Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery, Dublin 2014
  • Homeland – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2013
  • Still Lives – Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin 2012
  • Still Lives – Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan 2012
  • Sentinels – The Doorway Gallery, Dublin 2011
  • COAST – Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dublin, 2010
  • The Light Of Which I Speak, The Bad Art Gallery, Dublin 2009
  • Living Colours, Cork and Kerry, The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Co.Cork 2007
  • From Clare to Here. Lahinch Art Gallery, Lahinch,Co.Clare 2007
  • The West of Ireland - Land, Sea and Sky,  The Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Cork 2006


Selected Group Shows

London Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, UK 2012 - 2019

London Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, UK 2011-14

Wexford FRINGE, Whites Hotel 2009 - 2015

Art Source, RDS, Dublin, 2009 – 2019



The Hottinger Art Collection, London

President's Office, Notre Dame University,USA

Oliveto Restaurant, Dun Laoghaire

Tannery Restaurant, Dungarvan

Embassy of Cyprus, Washington, USA

Embassy of France, Dublin, Ireland


Artist Residencies

Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill – 2007

Cill Rialig Artist Residency, Kerry - 2021


Selected Media

  • The Connaught Telegraph - Feature article - 2017
  • The Western Australian, Perth - Preview, 2017
  • The Galway Advertiser – Feature interview, 2016
  • The Mayo News – Feature interview by Ciara Moynihan, 2014
  • Sunday Independent – Lucinda O’Sullivan review, 2014
  • Ohio Irish American News, 2011 – Front cover profile/Interview by Susan Magan
  • RTE Nationwide, 2010 –  Interview and Profile
  • The Dubliner Magazine, 2011 – Review of solo exhibition “Sentinels”
  • RTE Radio 1, The Arts Show – interview with Vincent Woods, 2009
  • The Irish Times – interview with Joyce Hickey, March 2009



  • Professional Development for Visual Artists, College of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire 2006
  • Higher Diploma in Technology Management, 2002 – Smurfit Business School, UCD
  • Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis, 1996 - Senior College, Blackrock, Co Dublin
  • ACCA Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, NUI, Maynooth, Co.Kildare. 1981 – 1985


Professional Experience:

Full Time Artist, 2006 - present

Artist Business Mentor and Career Coach – 2006 to present (ArtLinks...)

  • Business Planning and Marketing for Visual Artists and Craft People
  • Website Solutions and Design for Visual Artists/Crafts
  • Social Media Management for Visual Artists/Crafts
  • Business Mentor to Artists and Craft businesses with Wicklow Local Enterprise Office, Fingal Local Enterprise Office – 2012 to present