Image shown: Self Portrait by Ray Tsang

Portraits is an exhibition of new work by Conor O’Donnell and Ray Tsang on display in The Arts Corridor, University Hospital Galway from 16 September 2011 to 10 October 2011.

Conor O’Donnell was born in Wicklow, Ireland in 1980 and grew up in South County Dublin.  During his last year of college he studied curragh building and went on to build the first 3-hand Dunfanahy seen in Ireland in over 300 years, an Aran boat and a series of Connemara racers. Over the next couple of years he demonstrated these skills at a variety of craft fairs and has also raced these boats in numerous regattas.  He spent a year living in the remote village of Cleggan Co. Galway were he worked as a fisherman and repaired local fisherman’s curraghs.  He also spent a year living in Ballinskelligs Co. Kerry working with the Cill Riallaig Art Project, spending time at the retreat and being trained as a framer.  He has returned to the artist village many times as an artist in residence and also recently returned from a residency in southern Italy at the Palazzo Rinaldi Artists’ Residence. In Dublin he has been a member of the Palace Studios, The Warehouse Studios and he is currently working out of the Richmond Road Art Studios in Fairview.

Ray Tang was born in Dublin in 1979.  He studied painting at the Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and won the Taylor Art award his graduating year. After college he continued his training through books and life drawing classes.  Having always been a follower of realistic painting his preference gradually shifted from classical realism towards the looser and more colourful Modern American Impressionism.  His paintings which are always executed in oils are predominately figurative.  He has had paintings in exhibitions across the country.

For further information contact Margaret Flannery, Arts Officer, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust on 091 544979 or e-mail


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