Micheál Ó Nualláin - A Retrospective
An Gailearaí & Slí na gCopaleen present
A retrospective of the work of Micheál Ó Nualláin
Micheál Ó Nualláin was born in 1928 in Blackrock, the youngest of the 12 children of Michael Victor and Agnes (née Gormley) Ó Nualláin. His brother Brian is the writer known as Flann O' Brien/Myles na gCopaleen. At the age of 9 Micheál won a year's scholarship to the National College of Art. He would return to the college after completing his secondary education in Blackrock College, this time with a three year scholarship. He graduated in 1952 & received an award from the Art Section of the Olympic Games in Helsinki the same year.
He worked as a free lance artist/designer, then an art teacher and in 1965 was appointed Art Inspector in the Department of Education. He retired in 1993. He has held four one-man exhibitions in Dublin & in 1971 jointly exhibited with Jack Yeats in Toronto. His work can be seen in the National Gallery of Ireland and in various other galleries throughout the world from Boston to Barcelona. He has also published illustrations under the pseudonym Kilroy.
Micheál lives in Monkstown with his wife Ann. They have four children.
Micheál's portrait of his brother Brian was used on the commemorative stamp released by An Post in 2011 on the centenary of Flann O'Brien's birth. This year we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Flann O'Brien's death.