JAMES NOLAN RHA
“Master Painter of the 20th Century”
Born in Dublin, James Nolanstudied Fine Art at St. Martin's College of Art in London and at theNational College of Art in Dublin under Sean Keating, RHA and MauriceMacGonigal, RHA. He graduated in Fine Art (Painting) in 1958. From 1959to 1977 he taught Fine Art at the National College of Art and left tomake painting a full time career.
ElectedAssociate of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1969 and Member in 1975, heserved as Keeper from 1978 to 1988. He was elected Member of the WaterColour Society of Ireland in 1974 and served as President from 1981 to1994. He was a Trustee of the National Self-Portrait Collection,University of Limerick, from its inception in 1981 to 1988. He was amember of the Board of Governors and Guardians of the National Galleryof Ireland from 1984 to 1993.
Areas of Specialisation:
Hespecialises in landscape and figurative painting and has completed anumber of self-portraits and portrait commissions. His self-portrait,“The Singapore Hat” was chosen to represent Ireland in the prestigious “Master Painters of the 20th Century” Self-Portrait Collection in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
Hisvision is that of the Poet Painter. He paints from nature and iscontent to be identified with the Barbizon school of plein-airartists - Corot, Daubigny, Hone, etc. His landscapes in oils arepainted in Ireland and he has a special affinity for the beaches ofNorth County Dublin, the River Liffey and Connemara. His watercoloursare executed in Greece, Spain and Thailand and reflect the mood ofthese sunny climes.
Masters of the 20th Century Self-Portrait Collection Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
National Self-Portrait Collection, University of Limerick.
Diploma Collection, Royal Hibernian Academy.
Watercolour Society of Ireland Collection, University of Limerick
Haverty Trust Collection.
Arts Council of Ireland Collection.
Cincinnati Art Museum.
Corporate and private collections in Ireland and abroad.