Rod Coyne’s Story

Rod Coyne is a highly experienced, practicing artist and has over 25 years experience working in the studio and en plein air (outdoors). Rod studied at the Dun Laoghaire College of Art, Dublin, later graduating in 1990 from the Crawford College of Art, Cork. He spent ten years honing his skill in his Dusseldorf studio during the nineties. The new millennium saw his return to Ireland and the beginning of an ongoing conversation with the magical Irish landscape. In 2003 he founded the Avoca Studio Gallery planting his roots in the Wicklow Mountains. Rod exhibits on the international stage and his paintings grace public, private and corporate collections literally worldwide.


Rod Coyne – Artist Statement

After a decade painting in Düsseldorf I came home to paint the Irish landscape. This plein air conversation continues unabated now into its 16 year. With the landscape as a vehicle my painting has morphed continually. Originally working with acrylics I turned to oils in 2005. Realising the oil was still malleable I began to distress the surface back at the studio creating atmospherics. Later, on realising all detail dissolved during that process I replaced brushes with palette knife. Enjoying this crisp image I stopped distressing the paint in 2010. Since 2012 I had been searching to marry atmospherics with palette knife. In 2015 I achieved that union to an adequate degree with my “Waters Soft & Wild” exhibition.

Attainments 2015

“2015’s highlights include a solo launched by Minister Humphreys in Dublin’s Origin Gallery, and being shortlisted for National Art Open UK (Royal College of Art) and Sky TV’s Landscape Painter of the year.” – Rod Coyne

Attainments 2014

“In 2014 I presented a project entitled “My Place on Canvas”, produced a one-hour plein air DVD and was one of thirty international artists sponsored to participate in “Schilders Week” symposium Domburg, Holland.” – Rod Coyne

Elevator Pitch

“I am a painter practicing since 1990, firstly 10 years in Düsseldorf and latterly in Avoca Studio Gallery, Co. Wicklow. I live, create and run the Avoca Painting School there. I had my first solo exhibition in 1993.” – Rod Coyne


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