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Bob O'Cathail is a self-taught artist who lives in Ceanntra (Ventry), Corca Dhuibhne,on the Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, since 1993. He has been a regular visitor since 1976. Born and raised in County Carlow and from there he travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Having spent periods at work in England, Holland, Israel and India, he returned to Ireland, first to Dublin and then to Kerry.
The style and content of his work varies greatly but his bold use of colour and strong design make it instantly recognisable. His particular style comes from a background in Celtic Art, heraldic art, signwriting and mural painting. He has given night classes and workshops in block printing, Celtic design and calligraphy, as well as drawing and painting. Bob's work has gaced the covers of many books, including the best-seller 'The Bodhran Makers' by John B. Keane. His woodcuts illustrate 'Honey from Stone' by American writer Chet Raymo and 'Molly Keane's Ireland' The artists who have most influenced his work are Picasso, Van Gogh, Chagall and Matisse. Put together with his 'Celtic' background, it makes an explosive mixture!
Bob has been organising solo exhibitions and taking part in group shows for nearly twenty years now and his colourful paintings have found homes in many lands throughout the world. All visitors are welcome to visit his studio in Ballintlea, (Ventry), to purchase works directly or discuss commissions or simply to meet Bob and watch as he works.