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Conor Walton was born in Dublin in 1970, and studied in the National College of Art and Design, from which he graduated in 1993 with a Joint Honours Degree in the History of Art and Fine Art (Painting). He received a special commendation and prize for his thesis, 'Abstraction: A Discourse on Language and Painting'. After reading for an MA in Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, which he was awarded with distinction in 1995 (dissertation subject: 'The Battle of the Ancients and the Moderns'), he spent some time in Florence studying painting and old master techniques with Charles Cecil. He returned to Dublin in 1996, and has had three solo exhibitions there since 1999, the most recent having been in 2003. Conor now lives and works near Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Awards include: The Taylor Prize for Painting (1993). The Don Niccolo D'Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal (1997). The Keating McLoughlin Medal (awarded by the ESB, 1997). Third Prize `Lorenzo Il Magnifico' for Painting at the Florence Biennale (1999). Fourth Prize, BP Portrait Award 2005 at the National Portrait Gallery, London (2005). Portrait Ireland 2005 Major Award, Newtownbarry House Gallery (2005). He also received a scholarship from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada, which enabled him to study in Italy. Works of his are held in the public collections of the Archdiocese of Dublin, the Boyle Civic Collection, Club na Muinteoirí, Dublin Dental Hospital, the Electricity Supply Board, Maynooth College, the National Library of Ireland, the National Self-Portrait Collection, University of Limerick, St Patrick's College, Cavan, and University College Dublin. His fourth solo exhibition, 'Philosophical Paintings', will be held in Dublin at Jorgensen Fine Art in June of 2006.
Birth date   28/12/1970
Course: Joint Honours Degree in History of Art and Fine Art (Painting)  
Awards: ANCAD and BA (1993) with Special Commendation in  
History of Art – Thesis Prize  
Thesis Title: “Abstraction: A Discourse on Language and Painting”  
Post-Graduate Studies  
Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England.  
Course: MA in Art History and Theory (specialised in eighteenth-century aesthetics and art criticism)  
Awarded MA (1995) with Distinction (Thesis Title: “The Battle of the Ancients and the Moderns”)  
1995 – 1996 - CHARLES H. CECIL STUDIOS  
Borgo San Frediano 68, 50124, Florence.  
Atelier – no formal course – painting and researching old master techniques
Awards   Royal Dublin Society Taylor Art Bequest, First Prize (1993)  
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, $10,000(Can.) Scholarship (1994)  
The Don Niccolo D’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal and Award (1997)  
The Keating McLoughlin Medal, awarded by the ESB (1997)  
Third Prize ‘Lorenzo Il Magnifico’ (Painting) at the Florence Biennale. (1999)  
Fourth Prize, BP Portrait Award 2005, National Portrait Gallery, London (2005)  
Portrait Ireland 2005 Major Award, Newtownbarry House Gallery (2005)
Group Exhibitions   Portrait Ireland 2005, Newtownbarry House Gallery, Bunclody, Wexford (2005)  
BP Portrait Award 2005, National Portrait Gallery, London (2005)  
RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin. (1997, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2005)  
The Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, (2004, 2005)  
The Irish Show, Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge, Hampshire, UK, (2005)  
Spring Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art. (1997, 1998, 2004 and 2005)  
RHA Banquet Show, Gallagher Gallery, Dublin. (1997, 2004)  
Summer Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art. (‘97, ‘98, ‘00, ‘01, ‘03 and ‘04)  
Christmas Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art. (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)  
Florence Biennale in Dublin, Ashford Gallery, Dublin. (2000)  
Florence Biennale: International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary  
Art, Fortezza da Basso, Firenze, Italy. (1999),  
NCAD Drawing 250 Exhibition in the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin. (1996)  
Oireachtas Exhibition in the Guinness Hops Store, Dublin. (1994 & 1996)  
Taylor Exhibition in the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. (1993)  
NCAD Degree Show in the RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin. (1993)
Solo Exhibitions   2003 - NEW WORK, Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin. (15thApril to 3rd May)  
2003 - SHELTER PORTRAITS, Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin: an exhibition of drawings of Dublin’s homeless, in aid of the Dublin Simon Community. (15th to 19th April)  
1999 - CONOR WALTON, Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin, opened by Bruce Arnold. (29th March to 17th April )

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Bruce Arnold - "Concentration of thought, paralleled by dedication to skill in composition and the application of paint, was central to the development of Conor Walton's output during these years at the end of the last decade, and led to his outstanding, and outstandingly successful solo exhibition in March 1999 in Dublin. I spoke about him on that occasion, warmly commending the intensity of his vision, the intellectual authority of his conception, and the richness of his output. His brother, Martin Walton, wrote about him from a closer personal point of view, referring to “an angry lucidity” and “a kind of vertical sadness”, and the message being delivered by these epithets seemed to me to explain some of the strength his appeal as a painter has. He is loaded with promise, burdened with an excess of what, in the seventeenth century, was a term of admiration - conceit."  
Bruce Arnold is the author of fourteen books, including a history of Irish art, and biographies of three Irish painters; William Orpen, Mainie Jellet and Jack Yeats. He has also made five films on Irish literary and artistic subjects. This excerpt from his essay on Conor Walton was first published in New European Artists, ed. Edward Lucie-Smith, Amsterdam 2001.