Artist Statement



I was born in Dublin in 1944 and attended Blackrock College in Dublin and Rockwell College in Tipperary before being awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree at University College, Dublin.

I studied painting and drawing at Newpark College, Dublin and attended the CEER classes at the National College for Art and Design over two years, and the DLCAD, Dunlaoghaire.

I attended extramural classes in art at UCD and
also studied privately with professional painters.

My involvement with the Arts spans a lifetime has included Board membership of Eucrea Ireland Ltd., (the European Communities efforts to include participation in the Arts by and with people with disabilities) as well as Irish representative at Eucrea Europe, meetings.

I was involved also for a number of years with Very Special Arts, Ireland and Europe. I am a Friend of the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios and has been a Patron of the Dublin Theatre Festival for many years.

My solo Exhibition in February 1999 was entitled, Some Greeks Some Romans, my interpretation of the river gods of Ireland commissioned over 200 years ago by the famous architect James Gandon for the Custom House in Dublin.

My most recent solo exhibition, at the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Foster Place, Dublin was entitled, A Stroll Thro Ulysses and consisted of over 50 paintings depicting my interpretation of the wanderings and writings of James Joyce.

I take inspiration not only from Ulysses but also
Finnegans Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners and the Poems of James Joyce.

Other Exhibitions in which I participated over the years include group and individual shows with CEER at the RHA and Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin; Castle and Brock Galleries in Dublin; Gallery 34, Bangor, Northern Ireland; Elm Park G&SC, Booterstown Community Show, Dublin. SAA, RHH, Westminster, London; International Art Exhibition, Sydney, Australia. Irish Garden Festival RDS, Dublin; Sandymount Joycean Exhibition; Gallery of Art and Design, Co Louth. Hedigan's, Glasnevin; St Vincent's School, Glasnevin, Co Dublin; Ardgillen Castle and Monkstown 1200.
Belfast Garden Art Exhibition, Balmoral; Art on the Railings, Sandymount; Bloomsday Art, Southbank Gallery Sandycove. Mail Art Ireland Today (Mayo CC). Neptune Gallery, Wexford, Kenny's Gallery, Galway, Arthouse IDL, Awards. Kinsale Art Gallery; Mall Galleries, London; World Trade Centre, Stockholm, Sweden; United Nations Building, New York, USA.

My latest achievement, about which I am really, really proud is that one of my paintings was chosen to represent Ireland in a 51 country, World-wide Millennium Art Exhibition, sponsored by Winsor and Newton. This exhibition was the largest ever staged in the world. It was on exhibition in London at the Mall Gallery in February 2000, The World Trade Centre in Stockholm during March and then on to finish its tour at the United Nations Building in New York from July 12th- August 28th, 2000. The Exhibition will feature in the next Guinness Book of Records.

I show my artwork regularly at my Studio Gallery, on Merrion Square and St Stephen's Green in Dublin and on the World Wide Web at www.swv.ie/artroger
and many other locations.