Studied at Limerick School of Art & Design

John Shinnors was born in Limerick in 1950 and studied painting and drawing under the guidance of Jack Donovan at the Limerick School of Art and Design from 1970 to 1972. Shinnors is one of Irelands leading contemporary painters and has taken part in many exhibitions throughout Ireland. He is represented by Taylor Galleries Dublin and has won several awards for his work.

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Over The Coast by John Shinnors

Over The Coast by John Shinnors

Shinnors’ Practice Shifted To Abstraction

In the 1980’s John Shinnors shifted his interest from traditional representational oil paintings to abstracted works of a reduced palette, mainly in black and white with subtleties of brightly coloured areas seeping through. Certain objects recur throughout his abstract compositions such as lighthouses, scarecrows, kites and skunks creating a distinctive and captivating quality to his works.

In 1997 he was subject of Split Image, an RTE television documentary by Michael Garvey. A member of Aosdána, Shinnors has been involved in the promotion of the visual arts in Ireland through the Shinnors Scholarship for an MA in Curatorial Studies with LIT, Limerick School of Art & Design and Limerick City Gallery of Art, and the Shinnors Drawing Award at LCGA. In February 2014 he was awarded an Honourary Fellowship by Limerick School of Art & Design.


  • Back to the Lighthouse, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2008
  • Eighteen Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 2007
  • Shinnors, Harris , McSweeney, John Martin Gallery, London, 2007
  • Line, Crawford Gallery, Cork, 2005
  • Featured Artist, Kilkenny Arts Festival, 2005
  • Twenty Two Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 2004
  • Art Now – Shinnors Selects, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2004
  • The Cracked Looking Glass, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, 2004
  • An Irish Eye – landscapes of Fact and Imagination, Capetown, 2004
  • Paintings and Drawings, Crawford Gallery, Cork, 2003
  • Paintings and Drawings, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 2003
  • Small Paintings, Vangard Gallery, Cork, 2003
  • Gavin Hogg and John Shinnors, The Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2001
  • Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, 2001
  • Twenty One Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 2000
  • Cooke, Egan, Fallon, Shinnors, Vangard Gallery, Cork, 2000
  • John Shinnors Selects, Lavit Gallery, Cork, 1999
  • Twenty Eight Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1998
  • John Behan / John Shinnors, Riverrun Gallery, Limerick, 1997
  • Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, 1997
  • West of Ireland Artists in Australia, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, 1997
  • New Work, Claremorris Gallery, Mayo, 1995
  • Eighteen Paintings , Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1994
  • Eighteen Paintings, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1992
  • New Paintings, Limerick City Gallery of Art, 1991


  • AIB
  • Analog Devices
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Boyle Civic Trust
  • GPA
  • Holycross Abbey, Co. Tipperary
  • IMMA
  • Irish Life
  • Limerick City Gallery of Art
  • National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland
  • OPW
  • RHA
  • Shannon Development
  • Ulster Museum, Belfast
  • University of Limerick
  • Wexford County Council


  • Elected Member, Aosdana, 1997
  • Award Winner, GPA Emerging Artist Exhibition, 1997


  • 2007
,Dunne, A., catalogue essay, Taylor Galleries, Dublin
  • 2007, 
Dunne, A., The Irish Times, 9th May
  • 2002
, O’Reilly, P., Irish Arts Review, Vol 19, No. 2
  • 2002, 
O’Regan, J, (ed.)Profile 18, Gandon Editions, Cork
  • 1997, 
Fallon, B., The Irish Times, 30th July
  • 1987
, O’Byrne, R., Irish Arts Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, Summer

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