ABOUT US

IrishArtists.com is a selling showcase for Irish artists.
Members automatically feature on BritishArtists.com.

Collectors are also registered members.  They are able to track favourite artist's new work, be advised of new uploads and ask artists to upload more new work.

For more information check Artist FAQs or Collector FAQs.

The Directors were photographed by Paul Evans next to a favourite painting.
Jane with a David Crone. Alan with a Colin Davidson. David with a Geoffrey Key.


What Members Say

Jane Swanston Creative Director

I represent all our artist members. That is my key task as Creative Director.
I'm a practicing artist and a part-time art lecturer at the University of Ulster. I also run creative art workshops and school and community art schemes.

Before obtaining my Masters Degree in Fine Art, I trained as a colourist, managed an art studio and ran an art related business. I feel I have a pretty good idea of how the art world works.
And I really do understand the problems facing artists trying to promote their work. For many, banging on art gallery doors is simply too daunting a task. For others, it leads to disappointment or rejection. For most, it's simply financially unviable.

I want artists to be creative and to be able to sell their work for a fair price and hassle-free. With all the support we offer member artists, I'm certain they can do it. 

I've been brought in specifically to keep the artist's viewpoint at the very heart of this space. As an artist myself, I very much look forward to fulfilling that objective.

Alan Evans Managing Director

My role is simple - to make sure both artists and collectors are successful here. 
I've collected art for 40 years and I've represented artists. Collectors told me exactly how they wanted this site to work and over 170 artists beta tested the site. We talked personally to every one of them. We listened and we built the site totally around their needs.

The old artist-gallery model is evolving - with a massive shift towards self-selling on the Internet. Getting gallery representation can be complicated, time-consuming and incur high commission. Artists need 24 hr x 365 day personal presentation to collectors - and very low commission. And that's exactly what we offer them.

Twelve years ago, I founded IrishArt.com - the top art site representing every Irish gallery - with thousands of artists and collectors as members. 
Now, direct sales via our new multiple selling sites opens up tremendous new opportunities for collectors and artists alike with safe payment guaranteed.

I know you'll feel at home here.

I really hope you'll check out our outstanding launch offer and join us as an artist member or a collector.

David Wemyss Security Systems Director

I hold my hands up - I'm not very "arty". I have only one original painting but it is a really good one. There's time yet to become a collector with all those empty spaces on my walls to fill. Put me down as a serious art collecting prospect.
I grew up surrounded by technology like PC's, Macs, games consoles, music systems, mobile phones and electronic music hardware. There was lots of art at home so perhaps I just took it for granted everyone had original art.

Getting my Masters Degree in Computing from Staffordshire University was just doing what I love most - plus late nights. I wrote my thesis on Network Security for Small and Medium sized businesses. That is an area of great interest for me and should be for any website on the internet. Our multiple art sites - with both artists and collectors meeting together and doing business - are carefully monitored to keep them secure.

My job is to consider and report on all aspect of security for our art sites. We know your security and privacy is very important to you.
I can assure you that it is just as important to us too.

I destroy things every day in the act of working and often recall a picture I had considered finished in order to rework it. - Frank Auerbach

I have always tried to hide my own efforts and wished my works to have the lightness and joyousness of a springtime which never lets anyone suspect the labours it cost. - Henri Matisse

The men I painted were all in extreme situations, and the scream is a transcription of their pain. - Francis Bacon

I have always wanted a mistress who was fat, and I have never found one. To make a fool of me, they are always pregnant. - Paul Gauguin

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad. - Salvador Dali

Employees make the best dates. You don't have to pick them up and they're always tax-deductible. - Andy Warhol

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. - Salvador Dali

Creativity does not depend on inherited talent or on environment or upbringing; it is the function of the ego of every human being. - Silvano Arieti

Painting is not for me either decorative amusement, or the plastic invention of felt reality; it must be every time: invention, discovery, revelation. - Max Ernst

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. - Albert Einstein

I've decided something: Commercial things really do stink. As soon as it becomes commercial for a mass market it really stinks. - Andy Warhol

I never think that people die. They just go to department stores. - Andy Warhol

This synchronous action then will be the Subject, which is the representative harmony. - Robert Delaunay

I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows. - Andy Warhol

One of the greatest things in the world is to train ourselves to see beauty in the commonplace. - Charles Hawthorne

Once you 'got' Pop, you could never see a sign again the same way again. And once you thought Pop, you could never see America the same way again. - Andy Warhol

A young painter who cannot liberate himself from the influence of past generations is digging his own grave. - Henri Matisse

The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad. - Salvador Dali

We classify too much and enjoy too little. - Okakura Kakuzo

Art is a technique of communication. The image is the most complete technique of all communication. - Claus Oldenburg

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. - Salvador Dali

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents. - Salvador Dali

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own. - Andy Warhol

The world is but a canvas to the imagination. - Henry David Thoreau

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. - Paul Cezanne

You don't get into the mood to create - it's discipline. - Henri Matisse

The Cubist group of whom you speak experiments only in line, giving color a secondary place, and not a constructional one. - Robert Delaunay

The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet. - Andy Warhol

When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting. - Francis Bacon

Genius, unlike virtuosity, is judged by the greatness of results, not by the brilliance of performance. - Vincent Tomas

Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb. - Jean Arp

A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. - Tchaikovsky

Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. - Anna Freud

Mistakes  - never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them. - Salvador Dali

The first virtue of a painting is that is to be a feast for the eyes. - Eug?ne Delacroix

I don't do drugs. I am drugs. - Salvador Dali

Liking money like I like it, is nothing less than mysticism. Money is a glory. - Salvador Dali

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. - Henri Matisse

The art of a people is the true mirror to their minds. - Jawaharlal Nehru

When curiosity is alive, we are attracted to many things; we discover many worlds. - Eric Booth

Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird? - Pablo Picasso

You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life. - Salvador Dali

Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details. - Andy Warhol

Seurat sought for the primary laws. Cezanne demolished the whole of painting since its beginnings. - Robert Delaunay

Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own. - Charles Dickens

A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs. - Leonardo da Vinci

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves. - Willem de Kooning

Seeing is in itself a movement. - Robert Delaunay

Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. - Andy Warhol

After a half-century of hard work and reflection the wall is still there. - Henri Matisse

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility. - Pablo Picasso

What moves men of genius, or rather what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. - Eugene Delacroix

Painting gave meaning to my life which without it it would not have had. - Francis Bacon

There is no must in art because art is free. - Wassily Kandinsky

All artists are vain, they long to be recognised and to leave something to posterity. They want to be loved, and at the same time they want to be free. But nobody is free. - Francis Bacon

The idea of the vital movement of the world and its movement is simultaneity. - Robert Delaunay

Sometimes you look at a thing and it has no interest and then you see it in a different way and it has another meaning. Or something that was of no use will become useful. - Jasper Johns

It is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. - Salvador Dali

The terrifying and edible beauty of Art Nouveau architecture. - Salvador Dali

When I've painted a woman's bottom so that I want to touch it, then the painting is finished. - Pierre Auguste Renoir

It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor's finger. - Andy Warhol

What is one to think of those fools who tell one that the artist is always subordinate to nature? Art is in harmony parallel with nature. - Paul Cezanne

Art is a harmony parallel with nature. - Paul C?zanne

In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. - Andy Warhol

Art is either plagiarism or revolution. - Paul Gauguin

Creativity exists more in the searching than in the finding. - Stephen Nachmanovich

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic. - Andy Warhol

Painting depends on freedom. When you're feeling completely free, you can create, and this power to create is, in turn, the greatest freedom of all. - George Rodrigue

Painting is an infinitely minute part of my personality. - Salvador Dali

All my life I have worked to be able to earn my living, but I thought that one could do good painting without attracting attention to one's private life. The pleasure must be found in the work. - Paul Cezanne

I shut my eyes in order to see. - Paul Gauguin

An empty canvas is a living wonder.. far lovelier than certain pictures. - Wassily Kandinsky

Take me, I am the drug; take me, I am hallucinogenic. - Salvador Dali

He was my one and only master!.. I spent years studying them.. Cezanne! He was like the father of us all. - Pablo Picasso

To be an artist is to believe in life. - Henry Moore

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. - Pablo Picasso

The aim of the painting is that the eye should find out what it likes. - Joanna Field

If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There's nothing behind it. - Andy Warhol

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master. - Leonardo da Vinci

I always thought I'd like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph, and no name. Well, actually, I'd like it to say "figment." - Andy Warhol

My attitude towards drawing is not necessarily about drawing. It's about making the best kind of image I can make, it's about talking as clearly as I can. - Jim Dine

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea." - John Ciard

I do not think that obsession is funny or that not being able to stop one's intensity is funny. - Jim Dine

When having my portrait painted I don't want justice, I want mercy. - Billy Hughes

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. - Salvador Dali

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider?s web. - Pablo Picasso

I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning. - Andy Warhol

Skill is less important than awareness. - Graham Collier

When I paint, the sea roars. The others splash about in the bath. - Salvador Dali

If I can get them to think, get them to feel, get them to see, then I've done about all that I can as a teacher. - W. Eugene Smith

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. - Salvador Dali

Don't pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches. - Andy Warhol

Simultaneity in light is harmony, the rhythm of colors which creates the Vision of Man. - Robert Delaunay

I am unable to make any distinction between the feeling I get from life and the way I translate that feeling into painting. - Henri Matisse

You are lost the instant you know what the result will be - Juan Gris

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art. - Andy Warhol

But perhaps my art is the art of a lunatic, I thought, mere glittering quicksilver, a blue soul breaking in upon my pictures. - Marc Chagall

I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money. - Andy Warhol

Painting is stronger than me, it makes me do its bidding. - Pablo Picasso

Many of life's failures are people who never realized how close they were to success until after they quit. - Thomas Edison

I am out to introduce a psychic shock into my painting, one that is always motivated by pictorial reasoning: that is to say, a fourth dimension. - Marc Chagall

I have Dalinian thought: the one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous. - Salvador Dali

One can never study nature too much and too hard. - Vincent van Gogh

The only rule in art is what works. - Lee Fleming

When I paint I am ageless, I just have the pleasure or the difficulty of painting. - Francis Bacon

The most exciting thing is not doing it. If you fall in love with someone and never do it, it's much more exciting. - Andy Warhol

I cannot do without something greater than I, something that is my life--the power to create. - Vincent van Gogh

Painting gave meaning to my life which without it it would not have had. - Francis Bacon

It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - J. K. Rowling

Let my enemies devour each other. - Salvador Dali

I like boring things. - Andy Warhol

To restrict the artist is a crime. It is to murder germinating life. - Egon Schiele

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint. - Edward Hopper

I always wished I had died, and I still wish that, because I could have gotten the whole thing over with. - Andy Warhol

As a rule, someone who has difficulty with painting in any medium is not prepared to believe that the real trouble is ignorance of drawing and composition. - William Herring

You can't express inspiration without skill. - Stephen Nachmanovich

Color is crucial in painting, but it is very hard to talk about. There is almost nothing you can say that holds up as a generalization... - Roy Lichtenstein

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures. - Henry Ward Beecher

When Chagall paints you do not know if he is asleep or awake. Somewhere or other inside his head there must be an angel. - Pablo Picasso

The difference between false memories and true ones is the same as for jewels: it is always the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. - Salvador Dali

I have never been able to carry out any work coolly. On the contary, it is done, so to speak with my own blood. - Jim Dine

It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning. - Salvador Dali

Painting is the same kind of problem as unfolding a long, sustained interlocked argument.... It is a proposition commanded by a single unity of conception. - Winston Churchill

This is either a forgery or a damn clever original. - Frank Sullivan

What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race. - Amedeo Modigliani

Land really is the best art. - Andy Warhol

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. - Camille Pissarro

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. - Pablo Picasso

In the brush doing what it's doing, it will stumble on what one couldn't do by oneself. - Robert Motherwell

Painting is by nature a luminous language. - Robert Delaunay

My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person. - Andy Warhol

Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art. - Leonardo da Vinci

Art is nature seen in the light of its formal significance. - Leo Stein

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty? - Paul Gauguin

Never trust an art dealer who'll sit in a room for more than ten minutes with a crooked picture. - Brett Whiteley

This reality is endowed with Vastness (we see as far as the stars), and it then becomes Rhythmic Simultaneity. - Robert Delaunay

I am a deeply superficial person. - Andy Warhol

You could say that I have no inspiration, that I only need to paint. - Francis Bacon

There's really very little one can do about a lot of things. You just accept them. The point is you just have to keep on working and you just have to keep on living. - Jim Dine

Art disturbs, science reassures. - Georges Braque

The use of expressive colors is felt to be one of the basic elements of the modern mentality, an historical necessity, beyond choice. - Henri Matisse

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul. - Henri Matisse

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. - Anatole France

Civilization is what makes you sick. - Paul Gauguin

The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it's charged with and how much subject matter is there. - Jim Dine

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. - Francis Bacon

I've never had an easy relationship with critics. I hold a lot of homicide in my heart. If this was another time, I'd be packing a piece. - Jim Dine

I look at hundreds of very different, contrasting images and I pinch details from them, rather like people who eat from other people?s plates. - Francis Bacon

Western art is built on the biographical passion of one artist for another. - Jim Dine

I'm bored with that line. I never use it anymore. My new line is "In 15 minutes everybody will be famous." - Andy Warhol

I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. - Egon Schiele

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. - Salvador Dali

Vision is the true creative rhythm. - Robert Delaunay

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. - Salvador Dali

Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it. - Salvador Dali

All good ideas arrive by chance. - Max Ernst

An artist's career always begins tomorrow. - James McNeil Whistler

The eye is the most refined of our senses, the one which communicates most directly with our mind, our consciousness. - Robert Delaunay

A goal is a dream with a deadine. - Author Unknkown

The auditory perception is not sufficient for our knowledge of the world; it does not have vastness. - Robert Delaunay

I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs. - Andy Warhol