Rod Coyne’s Story

Rod Coyne is permanent artist in residency and owner/manager at Avoca Gallery. Here he is also the inspirational facilitator of the Avoca Painting School. “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 angel glimpsed,” said Irish Laureate Sebastian Barry of Rod Coyne’s work in 2009. The artist graduated from Dun Laoghaire and Crawford Colleges of Art, before moving to Düsseldorf in 1990. After a decade working in his Rhine-side studio he returned to paint the Irish landscape en plein air. Coyne founded the Avoca Studio Gallery in 2003 followed later by the Avoca Painting School in 2010. Rod exhibits on the international stage and his paintings grace public, private and corporate collections quite literally worldwide.

Four images in 0ne showing Rod Coyne in his various roles as "Owner, Manager, Resident Artist & Facilitator."

Created in the teeth of a storm or on the shores of a placid mountain lake, Rod Coyne’s paintings convey a narrative that allow the viewer to witness nature and landscape first-hand.  The combination of his contemporary painting styles depict the elemental atmosphere of a living landscape. His passion and direct approach communicate this power and energy as he opens a window to the Irish landscape in your living room.

Rod Coyne – Artist Statement

After a decade painting in Düsseldorf I came home to paint the Irish landscape. Since the year 2000 my plein air conversation continues unabated. With the landscape as a vehicle my painting has morphed continually. Originally working with acrylics untill I turned to oils in 2005. Realising the oil was still malleable after a day out painting I began to distress the surface back at the studio creating atmospherics. Later, on realising all the fine detail would dissolve during that process I replaced my brushes with palette knife. Enjoying the knife’s crisp edged 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 with my “Waters Soft & Wild” exhibition. More recently I have been taking new paths and you can learn about these on our blog.

Attainments 2020

Juried exhibition: Contemporary Irish Arts Center L.A. – Commission: 1916 Collection for Rebel Coffee, Cork – Juried exhibition: “Through the Artist’s Eye”, Birr Castle – New website launch:

Attainments 2019

CD cover: Barleyshakes – Exhibition: “Kingdom Come”, Origin Gallery, Dublin – Residency: Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry – Prize winner: Banksy Eco Project, Tramore, Waterford

Attainments 2018

2018 started with “Seeing Red” a solo exhibition in Dublin’s Origin Gallery, which later traveled to Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Co. Kerry. Then in October my Skellig Fire & Ice was shortlisted London’s NOA.

Attainments 2017

2017 During a cool residency in Cill Rialaig I kick-started my Seeing Red project. This was validated with my prize winner Skelscar Abbey in the Wexford Art in the Open.

Attainments 2016

2016’s highlights included touring my 1916 Portrait Collection, resedncy at Tourin House, receiving Wicklow Arts Bursary and commencing the Pirate Painter Project.

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

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