MY STORY

Hello my name is Stephen Gallagher and I'm an artist from Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland. 

My art is my passion. Nothing in this world excites me more than working on a piece of art. Once I put brush to canvas, I lose complete track of time and find myself unable to do much more than pour my energy into it.

 

Along with painting I have always had a love of dogs. I find tremendous joy in painting these animals and seeing them come to life on the canvas in front of me. I understand the deep love an owner has for their dog.

 

A few years ago when I was living in New Zealand I got word from back home in Ireland that my best pal Ozzie (the goldie) was starting to have serious health problems. After hearing this news, I was driven to create something that would forever captured who he was in this life;  his gentle, loving eyes, and the way he always had to bring a gift in his mouth when he was happy to see you. So I used what gift I was given and painted his portrait.

 

After his passing away shortly after, my painting I created of him has taken on a special significance. It helps me to reflect on what made him special and the joy that his life brought to me and my family. I will treasure it forever!

 

My mission now is to help others celebrate the joy and enrichment dogs have brought to our lives. To fulfil this I paint commissioned portraits as well as exhibiting original works.

Exhibitions

 

2016 Dec - Group Show, The Corridor Gallery, Brisbane

2017 June - Solo Show 'A Portrait: 100 Brisbane Rescues', Reload, Old Munitions Factory, Brisbane

2017 September - Solo Show 'A Portrait: 100 Brisbane Rescues', Black Lab Coffee, Brisbane

2017 November - 'A Portrait: 100 Brisbane Rescues', Dog Lovers Show, RICC, Brisbane  

2018 May - Group Show, The Village Art Gallery, N.Ireland 

2018 Dec - Group Show, The Village Art Gallery, N.Ireland

2019 June - 'Old Mates' Exhibition, The Dirty Onion, Belfast, N. Ireland

Workshops

2019 March - Pet Portrait Workshop - Cafe No 47, N. Ireland

2019 April - Pet Portrait Workshop - Cafe No 47, N. Ireland

2019 May - Painting a Direwolf Masterclass - Black Box, Belfast