Dare to be Different in 2019

This 2019 calendar shows Ireland in a radical new light. The artist didn’t just paint the town red he painted the whole country red. These images cover a journey from the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s Ancient East and are illustrated with sophistication and elegance. Available from here for €20 including FREE SHIPPING.


As a little teaser Rod Coyne has put together a short 2019 calendar video…enjoy.

#WildAtlanticWay #IrelandsAncientEast

Rod Coyne Returns to the RDS in Art Source 2018

Rod Coyne Returns to the RDS in Art Source 2018

Our resident artist Rod Coyne returns at Art Source this year will show a selection of work from key phases during the past decade. His return to the RDS has been a long time coming, he exhibited at the inaugural art fair Art Ireland as it was known 2000, and now he’s back with paintings unrecognizable to what he was showing at the turn of the millennium. You’ll find Rod on stand A9.

The official Art Source 2018 banner.

Rod Coyne at Art Source – Free Tickets

We have a limited number of tickets available for both the sneak preview on Thursday evening the 8th and for weekend tickets Friday through Sunday. Just follow this link to booking page to order yours. Please note there is a  maximum two tickets per order. So tell your arty friends and make a day of it; there will something for everyone’s taste.

Marc O'Sullivan birds eye view of the exhibition in previous years.

Rod Coyne at Art Source – Stand A9

There are one hundred exhibitors at Art Source this year and it can often be hard to find the one your looking for before your feet tire and its time to sit down. But Rod’s stand is really easy to find: walk from the main entrance towards the back left of the hall and you’ll find Rod’s pitch opposite the stairs in the left-hand corner. And as it happens there is a seating area right there too.

Main hall layout with an "X" marking Rod Coyne's stand.
“X” marks the spot where you’ll find Rod and his art, Stand A9.

Rod Coyne at Art Source – 100 for €100

Art Source have asked each of the artists at Art Source to create one original piece of artwork that they will sell at Art Source for just €100. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to Art Source to acquire a specially commissioned piece of art from some of Ireland’s best known and most talented artists for an extremely affordable price.
As each participating artist will only have one piece available for €100 there is a limited number of these artworks available, and when they’re gone, they’re gone! So, make sure to come early to Art Source and see if you can snap one up!

Rod Coyne at Art Source – Art Fair Details

See the Art Source website here.

Dates and Times

Friday November 9th: 11am-9pm
Saturday November 10th: 10am-6pm
Sunday November 11th: 10am-6pm

Telephone: (01) 670 2186
Email: info@artsource.ie

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Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Adults: €10
OAP’s: €8
Children under 16 accompanied by a parent or guardian: Free (this does not apply to school groups)
Group discounts available for 10 or more. Only available if booked in advance of the show. Please contact us on +353 1 670 2186.

Re-admission Pass
If you have not had enough time to browse through the whole show, and would like to return on another day, please visit the Organizers’ Office before you leave to claim your free re-admission pass.

There will be car parking available onsite which is provided by the RDS.

Public Transport

Dublin Bus
Bus Routes 4, 4A, 5, 7, 7A, 8, 18, 27X, 45 all have stops on Merrion Road beside the entrance to the show. See www.dublinbus.ie for further details.

The RDS is also served by the Aircoach with stops on Merrion Road and Simmonscourt Road. See www.aircoach.ie for further details.

The nearest Dart Station to the RDS is Sandymount. This station is a 10 minute walk from the RDS.

Wrapping Service

We offer a complimentary wrapping service for purchases made at the show.

“Coyne’s Labour of Love” By Ros Drinkwater, Sunday Business Post.

“My then upcoming exhibition Decade caused Ros Drinkwater to write “Coyne’s landscapes are a labour of love” in the Sunday Business Post, May 2009. She spent a day with me at the Avoca Studio Gallery reviewing the brand new collection and delving into my motivation behind it. She was very taken by the fact that acclaimed author Sebastian Barry endorsed the new paintings and had agreed to launch the show. It didn’t appear in the article unfortunately but when I pressed her for a personal opinion she admitted “I like your work Rod, it’s got balls!” I hope you enjoy this article.”

– Rod Coyne

Perched on the edge of the world, Rod Coyne paints on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Perched on the edge of the world, Rod Coyne paints on Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.

The first time I set eyes on Rod Coyne he was painting plein air on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The setting was Cill Rialaig in Co. Kerry, Ireland’s only artist’s retreat. It was clear that the work in progress had the vigour born out of that energy-laden landscape, as Coyne says, “where the Atlantic collides full frontal with Europe – literally between heaven and earth”.

Sebastian Barry launching Rod Coyne's "Decade" exhibition in the Origin Gallery, 2009.
Sebastian Barry launched Rod Coyne’s “Decade” exhibition in the Origin Gallery, 2009.

When asked to open Decade, Rod Coyne’s 10th anniversary show currently showing at Origin Gallery, Dublin 2, Costa prize-winning author Sebastian Barry agreed with alacrity. “So many of his images could be straight out of my own memory, very strange and wonderful, the red lightship, the Wicklow high valley, the angle glimpsed, “ he said.

"Upper Lake, Glendalough" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Upper Lake, Glendalough” 100x120cm, oil on canvas.
"Walking on Water" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Walking on Water” triptych 18x24cm x3 panels, oil on canvas.

The exhibition comprises of 40 landscapes and seascapes, the fruits of Coyne’s “long running conversation with the Irish landscape”. He is drawn to places of mythology and beauty, and his exhibition (above) includes the Skelligs, famous sanctuary of the monks, rising out of the sea like a cathedral; the Upper Lake at Glendalough, place of another hermitage where St. Kevin founded a monastery a millennium ago; a flock of sea birds high over the ocean; a vessel in the teeth of a gale.

"Atlantic Static" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Atlantic Static” as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.

Born in Dun Laoghaire, south Dublin, Coyne graduated from the Crawford College of Art in Cork and spent ten years in Germany working from a studio overlooking the Rhine – water is always his starting point be it a river, stream, lake, sea or ocean.

"Island Cathedral" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Island Cathedral” as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.

When he opened his studio gallery six years ago, his expectation was that tourists would be his main trade but, to his delight, this has not turned out to be so. “What I’ve found is that people are attracted to their own locations – they buy paintings of what the tourists come here to see, “he said.

"Wicklow Mountains" as featured by Ros Drinkwater for the Sunday Business Post.
“Wicklow Mountains” 100x120cm, oil on canvas.

Since his first solo show at the Origin a decade ago, Coyne’s work has found favour with the public, and is in many prestigious public and private collections. In the current climate his subject matter has a particular relevance. Over millennia civilisations rise and fall – only the landscape endures. Coyne captures both its power and beauty.

Rod Coyne's "Decade" exhibition featured in the Sunday Business Post, 2009, by Ros Drinkwater.
Rod Coyne’s “Decade” exhibition featured in the Sunday Business Post, 2009, by Ros Drinkwater.


View more of Rod Coyne’s paintings.

Still Seeing Red!

Rod Coyne is Still Seeing Red!

“Yes, its true, I am Still Seeing Red! Following on from my first tentative steps at Cill Rialaig during my Easter retreat in 2017 I’ve been delving deeper and deeper into my Rod Sees Red project. And now one year later I am ready to road-test this new departure and present this experimental work to the public at large. I am privileged to have been offered a solo exhibition in Dublin’s Origin Gallery during March 2018. This imminent show will be open to the public from the 2nd till the 21st of March and is curated by Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharpe.

"Red Rock" on the easel Easter 2017. One year Rod is Still Seeing Red!
“Red Rock” on the easel, Easter 2017. One year on and Rod is Still Seeing Red!

Don’t get Distracted

“Avoca Painting School commitments caught up with me after Cill Rialaig last year and it was August before I could return to the experimentation started in Rod Sees Red. I was taking part in the now renowned Irish version of the international franchise Art in the Open, where literally hundreds of painters descend on a different County Wexford location each day and capture its charms on canvas. I was feeling quite pleased with myself while completing an extremely red version of Hookhead Lighthouse when a fellow artist peered at my painting and gasped in shock. ‘I wish I had the guts to do something like that,’ he announced. At first we agreed it was indeed a risky approach, but I then burst the little bubble by pointing out that, ‘it’s only paint on canvas’, and hardly a case of life-or-death.


Hookhead Lighthouse in the distance while a very red version of same stands on the easel.
Hookhead Lighthouse in the distance while a very red version of same stands on the easel.

Living Dangerously!

“Despite the fact that my new project was not actually dare-devil stuff it was consistently drawing gasps and raising eyebrows. But most importantly I was getting great feedback and people were appreciating my left-field take on otherwise familiar subjects. I was very grateful for the positive resonance because I was finding it very hard to look critically at the new work myself. I would start into each new painting knowing what I had to do to fulfill my own brief and yet feeling slightly revolted at turning perfectly good greens into red! It was all just too counter intuitive and dizzying for me. So each time I would have to steel myself and remember that I was on a mission. Even though when I finished each piece I would stand back and view it with giddy excitement I truly never believed anyone else would feel the same reaction – I was wrong. I got further affirmation later that year when two paintings were short listed for the UK’s biggest art-prize NOA 2017.

Rod Coyne Shortlisted "Cill Rialaig Blaze" oil on canvas, 40x50cm.
Rod Coyne Shortlisted “Cill Rialaig Blaze” oil on canvas, 40x50cm.


Moving it indoors

“As Autumn rolled around I was afforded an excuse to take Rod Sees Red into the studio and see how it worked in that environment. The ‘Dublin Docklands’ exhibition was going to be derived from photo reference and I set about translating antique black and white images into vivid red versions of their former selves. Again each painting went the full spectrum from the stomach-churning first strokes to that light-headed excitement at the end. Now I really felt that I was growing into my new style.

In "Hot Dockers" Rod Coyne interprets a vintage image depicting men at work through a palette of fiery reds, oranges and pinks.
In “Hot Dockers” Rod Coyne interprets a vintage image depicting men at work through a palette of fiery reds, oranges and pinks.


"Masts at Customhouse" 50x70cm, oil-canvas.
“Masts at Customhouse” 50x70cm, oil-canvas.


"Hot-Hull" 50x40cm, oil on canvas.
“Hot-Hull” 50x40cm, oil on canvas.


New Year’s Art

“To start 2018 I had a particular motif in mind, something near to home which I had studied a decade before. Painting the old stone-cut railway bridge at the end of the Vale of Avoca had a sensation of coming full circle for me. I remember so well standing on the same spot and breaking artistic ground with my then brand new Atmospherics phase. I was very pleased with the results, then as now.

Rod Coyne just finished his first canvas of 2018, and he's still seeing red. "I Walk the Line" 50x70cm, oil on canvas.
Rod Coyne just finished his first canvas of 2018, and he’s still seeing red. “I Walk the Line” 50x70cm, oil on canvas.


More Giddy Excitement

“So I can safely say now that my confidence has continued to build from those first tentative steps in County Kerry last year. I am still unnerved and disconcerted starting into each new picture but now I can remind myself to set my jaw and push on through to the giddy excitement on the other side. I will definitely be perusing this road for 2018 and probably beyond.” – Rod Coyne.

Art in the Open 2017, and Rod's red version of the church at Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.
Art in the Open 2017, and Rod’s red version of the church at Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford.

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Read Rod Sees Red part one.

Painting Demo Video with a Star Wars Slant

Painting Demo Video – How the West was Won!

Rod Coyne painted this picture, ” Skelligs Arch ” at Dr. Noelle Campbell-Sharp’s Origin Gallery . The live painting demo was a part of his “Waters Soft & Wild” exhibition in October 2015. This demo was captured with a time lapse camera. Sit back a see just how this little part of the West was Won by a determent artist wielding a palette knife.

Painting Demo Video – Star Wars couldn’t resist!

To date two Star Wars movies have embraced the Skelligs as a ready-to-go film set. It’s no wonder of course, these two sentinel islands lay on the Europe’s most westerly fringe and drip with otherworldly presence. Skellig Michael and Skellig Beag have featured heavily in Rod Coyne’s paintings since the year 2000 and his first residency at the singular Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat. Yet he first painted them on a 1st year field trip with the Crawford College of Art.

Painting Demo Video – Star Wars pays homage to Rod

“Like some many of my generation Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader’s rivalry were an integral backdrop to my childhood and early teenage years. Sure the story existed in another time and a galaxy far away but for an Irish kid the first three movies occupied a realm completely alien to 1970’s Ireland. They also represented a glamorous, sophisticated America which seemed as far off to me as the worlds and planets depicted on the silver screen.

Movie still: Luke vs Vader.
Movie still: Luke vs Vader.

Fast forward to the present and the long awaited release of The Force Awakens and I could barely contain my excitement and expectation of how my Skelligs were going to be integrated into the story line. Disney were actually paying homage to my central painting motif. I wasn’t disappointed with the islands depiction but I did leave the table hungry.

Movie Still: Rae and Luke perched atop of Skellig Michael.
Movie Still: Rae and Luke perched atop of Skellig Michael.

But last month I got my fill and just relished every layer of that truly alien landscape as revealed in The Last Jedi. I have to guess that after such prolonged exposure that is one set we will no longer be seeing in future Star Wars Productions. I’m fine with that, they’ve recognized something I discovered for myself decades ago. They’ve paid homage to the great island cathedral which was once the last bastion of Christianity throughout the dark ages.” – Rod Coyne.

” Skelligs Arch ” is available as canvas print on this site.

” Skelligs Arch ” the original canvas available on this site.



Hollywood – Painting with Poets – Early Bird – Painting in the Rain


1916 Portrait Collection at the 2016 Hollywood Fair.
1916 Portrait Collection at the 2016 Hollywood Fair.

Celebrate 1916 Collection at Hollywood with 1/3 off canvas prints.

As you know this month Rod Coyne presents his unique “1916 Portrait Collection” at Wicklow’s Hollywood Fair. This exhibition is free and all are welcome. But what you didn’t know is that to celebrate the exhibition we are discounting the whole Canvas Print collection by 33% at the Fair and online.

This year’s vintage Hollywood Fair is themed around the 1916 Easter Rising Centenary. The unrivaled family event promises art & culture, music & song and no shortage of food & drink. And Rod’s canvases have pride of place in St. Kevin’s Church, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow from 7 – 9pm Saturday 20th and 2 – 6pm on Sunday 21st August 2016.

 Painting Workshop #5 at the infamous Meeting of the Waters.
Paint your stress away.

Follow in the footsteps of National Poet Thomas Moore with Avoca Painting School. Rod Coyne’s Outdoor Painting Workshops take place during Summer 2016 at stunning painting locations throughout County Wicklow, Ireland. Workshop #5 on August 13th promises quality time at the Meeting of the Waters . Book your place now.

September Painting Course

September Studio Courses

The Avoca Painting School presents Rod Coyne’s drawing and painting course at the Avoca Gallery which runs over a 6-week period. The Tuesday and Wednesday morning classes are suitable for beginners and advanced painters. Maximum six students per class.
Book your place before the 22nd August 2016 and save €20.

One Minute Painting VideoRod participated in Wexford’s Art in the Open 2016; this was nine years in succession sine the festivals inauguration. “It was way too wet and windy on the beach at Curraghcloe. So I took my paints and headed back through the dunes…”






Easter Rising “1916 Portrait Collection”

Easter Rising “1916 Portrait Collection”

by Rod Coyne at The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow.
Exhibition launch is on the 13th of March from 4 – 6pm, the show runs till April 9th.

Bryan Dobson to launch Rod's exhibition.
We’re so thrilled that Bryan Dobson, newscaster with RTÉ, has agreed to launch the show.

Rod Coyne has created an exclusive series of portraits remembering key faces of the 1916 Easter Rising. The artist blends contemporary and classical painting to draw together the vastly diverse photographic sources. The unity of style he achieves underlines the diverse nature of the Easter Risings’ protagonists and how they bound together in common purpose. This collection of portraits, currently available as 1916 Centenary Calendar and Easter Rising canvas prints, will be premiered as part of the Courthouse Art Centre’s Easter Rising centenary programme in March 2016.

Easter Rising 1916 Canvas Prints
Easter Rising 1916 Canvas Prints

“I remember learning the Easter Rising as a school boy, awe-struck and filled with pride. While back then the year 2016 seemed a fiction away, I now stand on the threshold still awe-struck and filled with pride.
I started out with a need to update the 1916 images I had known since I was a kid. The faces I admired for so long had become jaded in my eyes; they had been re-hashed continually in books and posters to the point where I couldn’t see them anymore. Using a palette of Prussian Blue and Burnt Sienna I have attempted to give the collection a unifying thread to tie them together. Each original photograph was completely different to the next; some were considered studio portraits and others taken on the fly. I decided not to trace from the photos but to process them through my own eyes, head and hand. I was trading “accuracy” for a chance to really commune with these faces until they started to become people again.”

Pádraig Pearse
Pádraig Pearse

“Those who know my landscape work might be forgiven for thinking I have made a radical side-step with this collection. On one had I have done just that, but on the other it’s just me going back to my roots. I have never considered myself a portrait artist, as there many who look after end of things so much proficiently than I ever will. I admire and enjoy their work.
From day one I have drawn by that primitive artistic urge to work with the head, face and figure. I guess it’s just that eternal fascination with the human condition. Indeed, during my early years in Düsseldorf the human condition featured heavily in a long series on paintings examining the Troubles. So the “1916 Portrait Collection” is very much a continuation of those, themes held on pause for a while, rather than a surprise anthology from left field.”

Rod paints 1916 Collection
Rod paints 1916 Collection

Creating the “1916 Portrait Collection” has been a steep learning curve for me. Not only was I forced to go back a re-read my history but I was obliged to drag my mindset into the twenty-first century. Ireland was a very different place when I learned about the Easter Rising in the early nineteen eighties. I never thought to question why apart from Countess Markievicz there appeared have been no women named in connection with 1916. And it was with the same school boys’ eyes that I started out on this project. Yet as I delved deeper I realised so many names had been left out of the script, and indeed Elisabeth O’Farrell had been airbrushed out altogether. So for my small part I have attempted to right some wrongs and adjust my twentieth century dinosaur brain to something more fitting to the new millennium. Thus, I have included many of the 1916 heroines and consciously airbrushed Elisabeth O’Farrell back into the picture.” – Rod Coyne.

Nurse O'Farrell work in progress
Nurse O’Farrell work in progress

The Easter Rising of 1916 was pivotal to the emergence of an independent Ireland. Only supported by a minority of the Irish population, the courage and sacrifice of those who led it would in time change their nation’s destiny. The story of how less than two thousand Irish men and women bravely confronted the might of the British army in Dublin remains one of the most compelling in Irish history.

NOA 2015, Royal College of Art, London – epilogue.


Rod Coyne takes you on a high-brow whistle-stop tour of London. Selected from 4,000 entries, Rod Coyne’s oil of Cill Rialaig was shortlisted for a prize in the National Open Art 2015 (NOA 2015). The exhibition was held at the Royal College of Art in the heart of London.

You can watch a HD version of this video on Youtube.

Delighted to arrive back from London and find this in the Sunday Business Post
I was delighted to arrive back from London and find this in the Sunday Business Post…



HAPPY END ...then Rod's painting sold on the last day of the exhibition. And they all lived happily ever after.
…then Rod’s painting sold on the last day of the exhibition. And they all lived happily ever after.