Primarily Conceptual Works

Andrew Folan was born in Belfast in 1956 and he attended the Slade School of Fine Art, London, graduating in 1981. His practice is a culmination of print, photography and sculpture and more recently he has combined digital processes and print to create multi-layered photomontages. Folan’s work is primarily conceptual but process always becomes an important factor of his work. Recently he has engaged with concepts of a social, psychological and scientific nature. He is an active collaborator in scientific, medical and architectural projects and participated in the Digital Surface at Tate Britain in 2003. He is currently a Fine Art Print Lecturer at National College of Art and Design, Dublin (NCAD).

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Member of the RHA

He has exhibited widely throughout Europe and is a member of The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA). His solo exhibition of printed sculptures Arterial Ink toured to a number of venues in Ireland as well as London, Paris and Stockholm (1991-2001). His solo exhibition of digital lambdachromes Stray Light was shown at the Ashford Gallery, Dublin in 2002. He participated in a group exhibition Dead Bodies at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in 2003. In 2006 he completed a sculptural installation The Fleet Morph at the Mater Hospital Dublin. In 2008 he completed a commission Anatomy of an Instrument for the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, using CT scanning as the central research component. He presented a paper,Grasping the Untouchable at The International Symposium on Electronic Art, Belfast, 2009.


Studied printmaking and photography.

  • Galway Regional Technical College, 1974-76
  • National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 1976-79
  • University of Minnesota, USA. (Exchange student), 
  • The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, 1979-81

Selected Exhibitions

  • Appertures and Anxieties, RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2011
  • Myles from Illustration, University of Vienna, Austria, 2011
  • Surrealism in Irish Art, FE Mac William Centre, NI, 2011
  • Allied Irish Bank Collection, Visual, Carlow, 2011
  • Impact University for the Arts, Bristol UK, 2009
  • 10,000 to 50 Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2008
  • Taylor Arts Retrospective,  National Gallery of Ireland, 2006
  • Machinista ( Online exhibition, 2005
  • Impressions  Galway Arts Centre, Galway, 2004
  • Dead Bodies  Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France, 2003
  • Black Church Studio, National Arts Club, New York, USA, 2003
  • Digital Prints (solo)Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo. 2002
  • Stray Light  (solo) Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin, 2002
  • Holy Show, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin (touring), 2002
  • Leabhar Mor na Gaelige, Scottish and Irish touring exhibition. 2002
  • Arterial Ink. (solo) Ards Arts Center, Newtownards, Co. Antrim. NI, 2001
  • Original Print Gallery, Dublin. IRL, 2001
  • A Focus on Drawing, Crawford Gallery, Cork. IRL, 2001
  • John Kindness and Andrew Folan, London Print Studio Gallery, U.K, 2001
  • Impressions Franco-Irlandais. Cite International des Arts, Paris. FR, 2001
  • Art and Architecture.  Graphic Hus, Marifred, Stockholm, Sweden, 2001
  • Arterial Ink, (solo) Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin, 2000
  • Arterial Ink,  (solo) Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, 2000
  • Emperor’s Wardrobe, O.P.G. Dublin and Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, 2000
  • Disasters of War Black Church Studio Dublin, 1994
  • Print Portraits  Original Print Gallery, Dublin, 1993
  • Grafica Creativia Jyvaeslylae Art Museum, Jyvaeslylae,Finland, 1992
  • Crawford Open 3, Crawford Gallery, Cork, 1992


  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
  • The Arts Council, Dublin
  • The Central Bank of Ireland



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