Aidan Crotty currently lives and works in west Sligo. His painting practice focuses primarily on observational painting. “I’m interested in recording the everyday as it exists, working from life allows me to respond with the immediacy of that direct experience.” At present, his paintings are inquires into the unremarkable and the overlooked. Aidan has exhibited extensively across Ireland and his work is held in both private and public collections. 


(b.1980) Waterford, Ireland

Lives and works in Sligo, Ireland


2000-04 Crawford Collage of Art and Design – BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting.


Solo Exhibitions

2018 Vernacular, The Custom House Studios and Gallery. The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo.

2009 Fallow, Sligo Art Gallery. Sligo.

Inert, Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin. 
Group Exhibitions

2018 Gathering, Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Co. Roscommon.

Cairde Visual, The Model, Sligo.

RHA, 188th Annual Exhibition, Dublin.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.

2017  Pop-Up, The Paul Kane Gallery,
an exhibition of new works by gallery artists. The Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin.

VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. Claremorris Gallery.

RUA, 136th Annual Exhibition, Belfast.

Facing West, Boyle Arts Festival, King House, Co. Roscommon.

Interpretations of W.B. Yeats’ ‘Crazy Jane’, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.

RHA, 187th Annual Exhibition, Dublin.

Island Living, Claremorris Gallery, Co. Mayo.


2016 Pop-Up, by The Paul Kane Gallery, Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin.

Case ’16, Lavit Gallery, Cork.

North by North West, King House, Boyle arts Festival, Roscommon.

A terrible beauty is born, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo.

On-site, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Mayo.

RHA, 186th Annual Exhibition, Dublin. 
2015 Hennessy Portrait Prize 2015, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. 

Winter Show, Paul Kane Gallery, R.I.A.I. Dublin. 
18 x 14, Lavit Gallery, Cork.

Cairde Visual, Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo. 

Welcome the stranger, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Mayo.

Impressions and Portraits of W.B. Yeats, Hamilton Gallery, Sligo. 

2014 184th Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin.

Entrophy, Aidan Crotty, Gillian Lawler and Michael Wann, Claremorris Gallery, Mayo.

Winter Show, Paul Kane Gallery, R.I.A.I. Dublin.

LSC Exhibition, Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Leitrim. 

2013 Winter Show, Rua Red, Dublin.

Aidan Crotty, Gillian Lawler, Ann Quinn. Claremorris Gallery, Mayo. 

I could read the sky, Ballycroy National Park, Mayo.
2012 VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.    Paul Kane Gallery

182nd Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin.

Eigse, Visual, Carlow.


2011 Remnant, Aidan Crotty & Conor O’ Donnell, Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo.

Tom Climent, Aidan Crotty & Stephen Lawlor, Lavit Gallery, Cork. 
2010 180th Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin.

Backwater, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. 
2009 Eigse, Invited artist, Carlow.

Group Show, Wexford Opera Festival, Wexford. 
2006 Group Show, Wexford Opera Festival, Kinnick House, Wexford.

Eigse, I.T. Carlow.

Mantua Arts Project, Roscommon.

New, The Paul Kane Gallery, Dublin. 
2005 Group Show, Wexford Opera Festival, Wexford.

Case ‘05, Lavit Gallery, Cork.

175th Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin.


2004 Art Trail, Backwater Studios, Cork.

Fledglings, Lavit Gallery, Cork.

Crawford College Degree Show, Cork.

Markievicz Medal Competition, United Arts Club, Dublin.



Office of Public Works, Ireland. AXA Insurance, Ireland.


2015 Shortlisted for The Hennessy Portrait Prize, National Gallery of Ireland.

2011 Individual Artist Bursary, Sligo County Council Arts Office. 

2009 The Cill Rialaig Project, Residency Award, Invited artist, Kerry.

2006 The Cill Rialaig Project, Residency Award, Kerry.

2004 Ciaran Langford Memorial Bursary, Backwater Studios, Cork.