The Ireland Series

Dan's experiences growing up in the Emerald Isle provide hazy memories for a dreamlike accounting of how this beautiful land looked not so long ago. Indeed, some parts of Ireland still retain this mystical, mythical character to this day. The celtic tiger did not diminish the natural beauty the entire country, thank God.

The paintings themselves are intentionally simple and somewhat idealistic. And who doesn't want to remember happy times that way? Each painting also tells a story and you can click on the thumbnails shown below to see the paintings and learn about this story and how all of the paintings combine together to paint a big picture of this small yet wonderful land. There are a total of 14 paintings in the series and each one represents an actual experience of Dan's travels through Ireland as a child and as a young adult. Each painting is meticulously hand painted on stretched canvas using the highest quality oil based paint available. It is the hope of the artist that the paintings bring to mind a sense that one's life need not be complicated in order to be a life well lived.

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Connemara

An original artwork inspired by great holidays in Ireland’s rugged west. Connemara is an area of Ireland where the gaelic language is still spoken to this day. A quiet day in a small Connemara town might see only a farmer walking his bicycle, a dog trying to make sense of that strange activity and the odd passerby. Thatched roof cottages with weathered stone walls, set against emerald coloured hills and sunny skies provide a glimpse of what it was like to live in Ireland a long time ago.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 24 x 30 inches

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The Old Mountain

An original artwork inspired by a summer holiday in Ireland.

As good dreams do, this one paints a happy memory of playing near the farm while on summer holiday in County Donegal. Trying to catch a swift and clever perch in the cool spring waters of Donegal in the summertime holds a good deal more entertainment value than many of today’s contemporary pursuits.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 16 inches

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The Spaniard

An original artwork inspired by great weekends in Kinsale, the second best town in Ireland.

To this artist, the very best pub in all of Ireland. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the harbour town of Old Kinsale, you can have craic like there’s no tomorrow without even leaving this heavenly spot. Step inside later at night to gather round the fire and sing along with some of the best traditional irish music in the land.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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Donegal

An original artwork inspired by the stories of the hard working farmers of Ireland. Donegal is the northernmost, and some say, the most beautiful county in Ireland. After a long stretch digging turf from God's good earth, a man is entitled to rest and gaze at His wonders. His best friend gets to play at sniffing around the freshly dug earth, before he too must get back to keeping the pesky sheep from wandering the nearby hills.

Medium: Oil on Canvas 
Dimensions: 20 x 16 inches

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A Quiet Pint

An original artwork inspired by some quiet times in the great old pubs of Ireland.

No television. No game. No visual or other noise to fill the beautiful silence. There’s no need when you can find the kind of peace a good old Irish Pub embraces. Just a pint, a paper and possibly some quiet conversation from the publican or a stranger that sits nearby seeking a similar, graceful solitude. Mulligan’s, O’Donoghue’s, The Spaniard…in Ireland, there’s no shortage of heaven on earth.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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Old School

An original artwork inspired by a photo taken in the South of Ireland.

It’s lunch time and the chisler’s are out running about while life goes on outside the school yard walls. A few stories, a bit of football and maybe a street game is organized before the sound of the school bell ends the glee and signals a return to the more mundane tasks having to do with times tables, sums, spelling and Gaelic composition. 

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 16 inches

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Gettin’ Chatty

An original artwork inspired by great holidays in the North of Ireland.

Carndonagh is in County Donegal, in the north of Ireland. Standing in view of the celtic cross, a farmer stops to see if he can make some headway with a local lass. Things move slowly in Ireland, and the donkey is in no hurry to get back to moving the milk urns around either.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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A Quiet Friend

An original artwork inspired by a photo taken in the West of Ireland.

Strong, silent, hard working and patient, this beautiful beast of burden from the West of Ireland can teach us all a bit about how to carry ourselves. You can see this gentle sort around the farms and fields of Ireland, reflecting the culture of a time when a day of hard work in God’s fresh air brought a well-deserved and sound night’s sleep.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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The Lads

An original artwork inspired by sunny days traveling through Ireland’s unique small towns in the summer. Beare Island is off the coast of County Cork, in the south of Ireland. Here, the lads are doing what lads do well. It's way too nice a day to be sitting inside a pub all day with God's fresh air wasting away outside. Of course the only reason this argument works in the first place is because nobody minds if you take your pint outside. 

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 16 inches

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Road To Kinsale

A man rests while his patient friend looks on with curiosity. This is not really a rest for the man, but more of an opportunity to keep life from moving too fast for him. A time to gain perspective. Whether he likes it or not, his friend will just have to wait until that happens.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 16 inches

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County Mayo

An original artwork inspired by one of many long walks around the hills of Ireland.

County Mayo is in the west of Ireland and juts right out into the Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful as the land is, the hills can take their toll on weary travelers. The dog will get there eventually and the farmer can see there is a nice fire waiting at home for when they do finally arrive. 

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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A Handsome Boatman

An original artwork inspired by Carrickfergus, a classic 19th century Irish folk song. A verse from the song…

I wish I was in Carrickfergus, only for nights in Ballygran. I would swim over the deepest ocean, the deepest ocean for my love to find. But the sea is wide and I can't swim over, and neither have I wings to fly. If I could find me a handsome boatman, to ferry me over to my love and die.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 20 x 16 inches

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Clare

An original artwork inspired by a trip to the Cliffs of Moher long ago.

County Clare is on the Atlantic Coast, in the west of Ireland. She watches from above as her true love sails the full breadth of the Atlantic Ocean (or so it must seem to her). While he will only be gone for the day, she worries as all women do about the safety of their fella.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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Irelands Eye

An original artwork inspired by many excursions to the beautiful village of Howth.

Howth Harbor is a beautiful fishing port in the north of Dublin City. Fresh air and a stretch of the legs on Howth Pier on a sunny day with Ireland's Eye in full view is like no other walk you can take. While brightly coloured boats bob up and down with the ebbing tide, a seagull floats on the strong winds blowing in from the Irish Sea.

Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

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Reviews

Daniel Christoffel, Artist in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Art and Sculpture at Long Island University, Brookville, New York - "The paintings of Dan O’Sullivan are a candid example of an artist embracement of his loving heritage of Ireland. These iconic images which are so much a part of the Irish psyche are painted with freshness and sincerity. Dan’s recent exhibition of these painting has been met with overwhelming response because of the exceptional execution of the material and the nostalgic content. Dan’s paintings are soon to be reviewed at the Long Island University’s Hutchins Gallery by curator Franklin Hill Perrell."

Robert Edwin, Founder and Chief Curator of FRESH Art Long Island, Port Jefferson, New York - "Daniel O'Sullivan's intuitive Ireland paintings seem to represent a time and place that is slowly evaporating into the past. The dreamy, folk art imagery of O'Sullivan's work recalls a more simple and quiet period before the overbearing blanket of globalization trampled everything in its path. Part lament and part memory, The Ireland Series is almost zen-like and beyond time."

Terry Falquero, Owner, Studio East Gallery, Greenport, New York - "I have had the pleasure of seeing "Ireland Series" paintings by Daniel O'Sullivan at my gallery and other venues and am impressed and look forward to seeing more. I admire Mr. O'Sullivan's simplistic artistic quality and use of color and composition he uses to represent landscapes, people and a culture that is unmistakably Irish."

Judah Mahay, Founder and Curator of Be Your Art, Sag Harbor, New York - "Daniel O'Sullivan's Irish Series detailed splendid vistas, evoked by the vivid trail of his articulate brush. Like a subtle poem, his art inspired wonder at what hid behind the paint, leaving patrons to contemplate the tale each canvas told."

The Ireland Series Book On Amazon

Ireland: A beautiful land, a beautiful culture - now on Amazon - When I was growing up in Ireland, we used to give "pennies for the poor" in school every now and then. This was lunch money you'd give to your teacher for the children of Biafra, Bangladesh or some other poor country ravaged by famine, floods or war. As a kid, I remember thinking how cool it would be to meet another kid from so far away, me not knowing how desperate their situation was at the time. I still think a lot about those less fortunate souls around the world, and how lucky the rest of us are. All (100 percent) of the proceeds from sale of this book will go directly to UNICEF and CARE. The book is small and inexpensive but I'm hoping the donations will add up.

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Artwork Detail

Here's a close up photo sample of the artists work in detail. This section is taken from the Irelands Eye artwork as shown here.