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Seán Nichol (1920-2005)

Seán Nichol was born in 1920 in Belfast. Sean and his siblings were reared by two elderly Aunts in the Markets area of South Belfast after the sudden death of his parents.. It was during his childhood, that Seán began to foster his passion for painting.

After leaving school, Seán and his brother Gerry became the fourth generation of the family to cure bacon at their premises in Cromac Street. Seán then turned his hand to the Wine Merchant Business alongside his father-in- law, Felix Laverty. But before long, Seán, keen to return to his true passion, left to pursue his career in painting while working at the Orchard Gallery on the Newtownards Road.

In his free time, he would escape to Donegal, Connemara or the Glens of Antrim with his paints in hand and his little caravan. His paintings reflect the wild and rugged beauty of the Irish Countryside of his time.

Seán was a member of the Royal Ulster Academy from the 1940s. And from this time, his work was displayed alongside other contemporary artists such as Maurice C Wilkes, Charles McAuley, Desmond Turner and Frank McKelvey in the Museum and Art Gallery Stranmillis, better known today as the Ulster Museum.

In addition to selling his artwork in Co. Donegal, Seán also painted on commission, most notably painting Colebrooke Park, the ancestral home of Lord Brookeborough.

Seán continued to paint until his death in 2005.

ARTISTs at the hallows gallery


Paul doran

Paul Doran is a Belfast born artist. He studied Fine Art at University in Liverpool before winning the Wynn Vivian Purchase Prize and obtaining a scholarship to further his art with a Masters in Creative Practice. Paul now lives and paints in Belfast.

Paul’s work is a personalised abstraction of contemporary life and culture. His work explores artistic spontaneity and control in the attempt to capture on canvas the physical and non-physical phenomena associated with human subliminal perceptions and experience of modern life. Paul’s work does not so much depict or suggest places and situations, as express thoughts and feelings and as such have a universal language.

Paul’s work has been exhibited in Belfast, Liverpool and the Ivory Coast. Paul’s artwork continues to gain recognition both here and abroad, with parallels between his work and that that of de Kooning and Jean-Michel Basquait often made. Paul’s work is on display at the Hallows Gallery from May 2017 and can be found in private and corporate collections in Ireland and further afield.


Alan graham

Alan Graham was born in Dublin in 1939. In his early twenties, he moved to Belfast to start his artistic career as an apprentice linen designer in John Shaw Brown. After three years, he returned to the city of his birth to work as a commercial artist at one of Dublin’s leading advertising companies. It was during this time, that he attended the College of Art, now better known as the National College of Art and Design based on Thomas Street.

A keen adventurer and mountaineer, Alan’s work has clearly been shaped by of his love of nature. A true colourist, Alan does not shy away from bringing in bold colours that you might not usually expect to find in the Irish landscape. His perceptions of nature are often evocative of the impressionistic works of Claude Monet, although you can clearly see the influence of Jackson Pollock creeping in.

Alan’s work has recently been purchased by The Ministry of Public Works of Ireland which forms part of the State Art Collection. In addition, to this, Alan has been part of various group and solo shows across Ireland. Based in Belfast, Alan spends part of each year working in Provence, in the South of France.

Freda Gilmore - Sculptor

Freda Gilmore comes from a family tradition of artists and has practiced various art techniques throughout her life. Life drawing, clay modelling, and portrait painting gradually led to her passion for bronze portraiture and sculpture generally.

The permanence of this medium appeals to her and through it she is happy to express her views and portray the influences which have shaped her life. Family life, teaching young children, living through the “troubles" in Northern Ireland and fascination with wild life, are all represented in her work.

Paul Walls RUA

Paul Walls was born in Belfast in 1965. He trained at the Manchester Medlock Fine Arts Centre before returning to Northern Ireland to continue to develop his art. Paul was elected an Associate Academician of the RUA in 1999.

Paul’s work has been exhibited in many solo and group shows in Belfast, Dublin and London. His work is held by private and public collections across the country and further afield, including The Ulster Museum and The National Self Portrait Collection. Throughout his career, Paul’s distinctive and textured pieces have earned him many awards such as the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Official Arts Award, The Irish News Prize RUA and the Ulster Arts Club Gallery Award.

Paul is well known for his heavily impastoed and textured work with oil applied so thickly that it gives his work a structural dimension, as Art Critic, Amanda Croft remarked, it appears ‘sculptural in nature’. Paul lives in Belfast with his family where he continues to paint and teach

Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell was born in Belfast and studied art and photography at the University of Ulster. She lectured in art and photography in Belfast and continues to be involved in art education.

Later on, Deborah swapped city life for a rural lifestyle in Co Down. She draws inspiration from the countryside in which she lives, capturing the spirit of the wildlife of County Down. Her work focuses very much on the now and each of her animal canvases represent a single moment – a snap shot of each animal.

Deborah traditionally uses mixed media to create her paintings, building layers of oil, acrylic and inks over time. The background of each piece is often evocative of the characteristic she associates with the subject creating bold and impressive statement pieces.

Deborah is also well known for her landscapes and cityscapes as well as her figurative pieces. Deborah has exhibited in Galleries in Belfast, Holywood and Newtownards and her art hangs in private collection all over the world.

Gerard Maguire

Gerard Maguire is a Belfast based artist and has exhibited throughout Ireland for the last 16 years. He had his first solo exhibition in the Charles Gilmore Gallery, Holywood, Co.Down in March 2003 and this was followed by a 'New Works' exhibition in that gallery in September 2004.

Maguire has also shown in numerous group shows in the North and South of Ireland and has exhibited at the Emerging Art Exhibitions at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast from 1999-2002.

He was a regional and London finalist in the national Laing Art Competition in 1998 and has works in private collections both at home and abroad including that of Lord Eames. He was also commissioned to do a piece by the law Society of Northern Ireland to commemorate the opening of their new building in 2009 and a limited-edition print was made of the work.