The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), which operates one of the nation’s largest exhibition galleries, elected the painter Mick O’Dea as the 23rd President of the Academy at its recent Annual General Meeting. Elected to RHA Membership in 1996, Mick O’Dea was delighted to accept.
“I am delighted and honored to have been elected as the new President of the RHA and to have the opportunity to continue the great work of our previous Presidents, most recently Des McMahon PPRHA and Stephen McKenna PPRHA. The RHA has a very strong team led by Director, Patrick Murphy. I look forward to working with Patrick, the staff, the crew and our voluntary workers who make sure that the RHA continues to punch way above its weight as an incredible resource and facility. As President, I will strive to ensure that the voice of the Academy is heard and that we are more importantly, seen. The values of tradition and innovation that the Academy stands for enables us to show and support the best of the diverse range of practices that are prevalent at this time. It is my responsibility to ensure that we hold that vision into this period of the early twenty first century. “ Mick O’Dea PRHA
Born in Ennis, Co. Clare in 1958, O’Dea studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and the University of Massachusetts from 1976 to 1981. In 1997, he received an M.A. in European Fine Art from the Winchester School of Art in Barcelona and Winchester. He taught at NCAD from 1981 to 1999, and has also taught at universities in England and the U.S. O’Dea served as the first Principal of the newly revived RHA School, 2006–2011. He has also worked extensively with art and education programmes in prisons and rehabilitation centers, including Portlaoise Prison, St. Patrick’s Institution, Wheatfield Prison and Youthreach, Kilrush, while establishing a successful painting career which has included solo exhibitions: The Split, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, 2014, Trouble in Ireland, 1919 – 1921, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, 2013, Trouble, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin, 2012, Un Salon par Mick O’Dea, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, France, 2006, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 1983, 1986, 1989 and the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, 1992, 1995. Selected group exhibitions include, Sean Keating: Contemporary Contexts, Crawford Gallery of Art, Cork 2012 the RHA Annual exhibition 1990 – 2014, Independent Artists, 1982 – 1988 and he showed in the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1982 and 1985.
Mick O’Dea PRHA, ‘The Split’ is currently on show until Saturday 15 November at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery