“Welcome to my website – I’m very pleased that you found me. I invite you to come on in to the world of my painting. The site is the new home for a lot of work that’s never been seen before. This is sort of like my playground so EXPLORE and LINGER if you will and I hope you enjoy it. If you’ve any questions please contact me.”Diarmuid.


Born 1951 – in Germany to Irish parents
Before 1961 – lived in Ireland, England and Austria
1958-60 – began painting in Cyprus
Since 1961 has mostly lived in Ireland
1960-68 – attended boarding schools in Ireland
At St Columba’s, Rathfarnham, Dublin was taught art by Oisín Kelly and Frank Morris
After leaving school, worked in a bookshop for 6 months
1969 – Studied in Florence, Italy, where he met the surrealist Roberto Matta
1969-72 Ulster College of Art and Design
1972-78 Bookshop work, study and travel
1979-81 Worked as a shepherd in Co. Wicklow
1981 Began painting full-time

Solo Shows (selected)

1981 – The Third Policeman Gallery, Dublin
1985 – Bank of Ireland, Baggot Street Bridge, Dublin
1985 – Ray’s Restaurant, Temple Bar
1986 – Gaiety Gallery, Dublin

1990 – Lane Gallery and Restaurant, Dublin

1992 – Geoghegan Gallery, Galway
1993 – Chapter One Restaurant, Dublin
1998 & 2001 – Cobalt Café Gallery, Dublin
2000 – Green Gallery, Dublin

Group Shows (selected)

1983-85 – Solomon Gallery, Dublin
1985-2006 – Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Shows
1989 & 1990 – Oireachteas Annual Group Shows
1999 – Lavit Gallery Cork – Summer Group Show
2007 – Cavanacor Gallery, Ballindrait, Co.Donegal

Award & Commissions

1988 – Dublin Millennium People’s Art Award
1987 – Irish Distillers commission


1984 – 1987 – The Old Dublin Restaurant

1986 – 1992 – FXB’s Restaurant, Dublin

1992 – 1999 – Chapter One Restaurant, Dublin

Corporate & Public Collections

Norwich Union
Voluntary Heath Insurance (VHI)
Office of Public Works (OPW)
Irish Distillers
Dept. of the Environment (Northern Ireland)

Private Collections

Gabriel Byrne
Patricia Cornwell, USA
Thelma Mansfield
Colm Meaney
Mike Murphy
Norma Smurfit
Bertie Ahern

& many more

Blue Eyed Man Kyrenia, Cyprus (1959) – Age 8

B&W contact sheet The Third Policeman Gallery, Dublin (1981)

Diarmuid Boys poster Geoghegan Gallery, Galway (1992)

RHA CatalogueRHA, Dublin (2006)

Placemats Set of C19th scenes for Irish Distillers (1987)