Derval Freeman graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 1996 with a diploma in fine art painting. She has exhibited in several solo and group shows throughout her career and her work is in many private collections. Some of the highlights of Derval’s career was taking up an artist residency in Cill Rialaig Co. Kerry in 2007 and also was an invited artist by the Hamilton Gallery Sligo to participate in two of their invited artist’s group exhibitions. ‘Eva Gore Booth’ and ‘Among School Children’.

Derval grew up outside Nenagh town in County Tipperary and later her family moved to County Clare. She is now settled in Co. Wicklow for the past number of years where she paints full time. She goes out walking regularly and love’s to be surrounded by nature and the open landscape. Her painting style leans towards abstract expressionism and there is an element of the figurative in the work too.

Her inspirations come from her life experiences past and present and from nature and the wonders of the universe. Her painting process almost always start’s with the drawing where she mixes loose pencil or charcoal under-drawings with layers in oils and cold wax. She is interested in how the loose under-drawings dictate the paint through shape and mark-making. She has an interest in colour too, how one colour works off the other and how monotones of lights and dark’s influence it. Her paint application is a mix of thickened candy-like impasto’s of oils mixed in cold wax, in contrast with colour transparencies that sweep across the canvas often pulling the composition into place.  

Current & Upcoming

February 2021, Solo show at Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen, UK.

Spring 2021, Group Show at Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo (Details to follow)

December 18th 2020, Weapon of Choice, group show at Slow Lane Gallery (AKA Inspire Gallery), Dublin (Online)

Currently- Solo Ensemble, Group Show at Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen, UK, 2020

Currently- Among School Children – Invited Artists, Hamilton Gallery, 4 Castle Street, Sligo

Solo Shows

Solace IIEntering the Dream– Ranalagh Arts Centre, Dublin, 2018

Solace I – Signal Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, 2017

Mixed Series 2007/2009 – Frame Gallery, Limerick, 2009

Urban Trail – Frame Gallery, Upper Denmark St. Limerick, 2007

Plane Series – Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin 1998

Group Shows

Westival 2020, – Group show at the Westival Virtual Gallery (Moved online due to COVID 19), Westport, Mayo

Imagine Together: Artists Unlocked – Group Show at Hambly & Hambly, Dunbar House, Enniskillen

SAS Annual 2020 – Group show (Moved online due to COVID 19) at the Signal Arts Center, Bray, Wicklow

Eva Gore Booth – Hamilton Gallery Sligo, externally exhibited at the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI), UCD, Dublin, 2020

Incognito – Sol Gallery, Dublin, 2020

Incognito – Lavit gallery, Cork. 2019

Ranelagh Arts Members Exhibition – The Gallery, Frame Experts, Dublin, 2019

Incognito, Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin, 2019

Wicklow Artists: A Gathering – In aid of Wicklow Children of Yemen, Pop-up Gallery La Touche Place, Wicklow, 2019

Wicklow Artists: A Gathering – In aid of Wicklow dementia, Pop-up Gallery La Touche Place, Wicklow, 2018

16th Annual SAS Members Exhibition – Signal Arts Centre, Wicklow, 2015

Signal Open – Signal Arts Centre, Wicklow, 2015

Christmas Show – Gallery 75, Limerick 2008

Celebrating Motherhood – Gallery 75, Limerick – 2007

Christmas Show – Gallery 75, Limerick, 2007

Eclectic – Tipperary Institute, Tipperary, 2007

The Millar Gallery (Formerly), Sixmilebridge, 2007

Light Captured – Gallery 75, Limerick, 1997

Public Space 1 – Ulster Bank, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick, 1997

Public Space 2 – Bank of Ireland, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick, 1997