Artist and Musician

Helen Gaynor was born in Wexford in 1959, she is an artist and a musician. Gaynor worked as a primary school teacher in Marine Dublin from 1980-1986. She then taught at Wexford School of Music from 1986-1991. She currently paints and teaches music part-time.

View”Remembered in Stone” within the Collection

Remembered In Stone by Helen Gayno

Remembered In Stone by Helen Gaynor

View “Apples by the Window ” within the Collection

Apples by the Window by Helen Gaynor

Apples by the Window by Helen Gaynor

View ” Fragments of a Remembered Past” within the Collection

Fragments of a Remembered Past by Helen Gaynor

Fragments of a Remembered Past by Helen Gaynor

Ideas of Journeying

Chief of my concerns is the transient nature of life and the continual search for a better place/state that is, I believe, the universal human experience. This is reflected in my selection of subjects that revolve around ideas of journey and journeying, and on the use of certain recurring images in altered settings and perspectives. Central to my painting practice is the investigation and use of colour. It is my aim to paint paintings that range in colour from rich and luscious to calm and reflective and from lyrical, bright and vibrant to dark and sombre. The topmost layer which is often simple in form has underlying layers of complexity.” – Helen Gaynor


  • National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 1995
  • Trinity College of Music, London, Licentiate, 1989
  • Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Licentiate, 1989
  • Guildhall Scholl of Music and Drama, Licentiate, 1988
  • Royal Irish Academy of Music, 1980- 1988
  • Craysfort College of education, 1980

Solo Exhibitions

  • Hallward Gallery, Dublin, 2004
  • “Taking Wing” Waterfront Gallery, Wexford: Featured Artist, Wexford Opera Festival, 2001
  • “Sea Stories and Other Tales”, Wexford Vocational College, Featured Artist, Festival Art Exhibition, 2000
  • “Consider Eve”, EIGSE, Carlow, Invited Artist, 1999
  • “Soul Searching, Dream Seeking”, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford Opera Festival, 1998
  • Wexford Arts Centre, 1992

Group Exhibitions

  • Summer Exhibition, Hallward Gallery, Dublin, 2003
  • Boyle Arts festival, King House, Boyle, 2003
  • Wexford Vocational College Festival Exhibition, 2003
  • Winter Exhibition, Hallward Gallery, Dublin, 2002
  • Kelly’s Hotel, Rosslare, Wexford, 2002
  • Summer Exhibition, Hallward Gallery, Dublin, 2002
  • “Face to Face’, Wexford Arts Centre, 2002
  • Winter Mixed Exhibition of Contemporary Small Works, West Wales Art Centre, Fishguard, 2002
  • EIGSE, Carlow, Selected Open, 2001
  • ‘time + place”, Windmill Arts, Blennerville, Co. Kerry, (Joint), 2001
  • “Touching the Dark”, Windmill Arts, Blennerville, Co. Kerry, 2001
  • Showcase of Irish Artists, Carmarthen, Wales, 2001
  • “Explorations 054”, The Watchouse Gallery, Enniscorthy, Wexford, 2000
  • EIGSE, Carlow, Selected Open, 2000
  • “Art from Small NAtions”, The Tabernacl Gallery, Machynlleth, Wales, 2000
  • “Booklive 2000”, Wales, West Wales Art Centre, 2000
  • Kellys Hotel, Rosslare, Wexford, 1999
  • Work in Progress, Wexford Library, 1997
  • Tinahely Courthouse Centre, Wicklow, (Joint), 1997
  • Wexford Festival Fringe, 1996
  • Portable Art, Rosslare Harbour, Co. wexford, 1996
  • The Watchouse Gallery, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, 1996
  • “Soundings”, Wexford Festival Fringe, 1995
  • Graduate Talent, The Guiness Gallery, Foxrock, 1995
  • Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 1995
  • National College of Art and Design Degree Show, 1995
  • Iontas, Sligo and Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 1994
  • Open Access, Dublin Castle, 1994
  • Wexford Festival Fringe, 1989


  • Thesis, National College of Art and design, 1995
  • Wexford County Council Visual Arts Bursary, 2000


  • Thought Lines, An Anthology of Student Research, 1996


  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • AXA Insurance
  • Wexford Vocational College
  • County Wexford Education Centre
  • Wexford County Council
  • Office of Public Works
  • Kelly’s Resort Hotel, Rosslare
  • Boyle Civic Arts Collection
  • Wexford Healing Arts Trust

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