Ciaran Clear


Ciaran was born in Dublin in 1920. His family moved to Rush in 1929 and it was here where Ciaran spent the rest of his life. In 1948, he exhibited at the Olympic Games Exhibition of Sport in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London for which he received a commemorative Bronze medal. He also worked on set designs during this period for the Rush Dramatic Society. A keen musician, he formed his own 'swing' band in the 1940ís in which he played the drums. The love for music also found its way into his paintings in the form of abstract works inspired by Duke Ellington. Following a long illness in mid 1950, he decided to paint full-time. His first solo exhibition was hosted by the Goodwin gallery in Limerick in 1962. Ciaran did not have many solo-exhibitions throughout his life, refusing them in favour of group exhibitions. The last solo show before his death was held in the Gerald Davis gallery, Dublin in April 1999. Ciaran was a founder member of the Fingal Artists Group in 1963, which included Maurice Mac Gonigle (former President of the RHA), Fergus O'Ryan, Bea Orpen, Patrick Leonard and Tom Nisbet. The purpose of the group was to make art more accessible to the community by holding exhibitions throughout Leinster.