Conor Walton

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'An Ape's Limbs Compared to Man's' by Conor Walton, oil on linen, 120 x 240cm, 2015
'Still Life with Judgement VIII' by Conor Walton, oil on linen, 60 x 45cm, 2008

Conor Walton (born 1970) is an Irish figurative painter. Walton lives and works in Wicklow, Ireland.[1]


Walton was born in Ireland and trained at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy.[2] Walton has been featured in multiple Irish and international solo exhibitions.[3][4]

His commissioned portraits can be found in many public and private collections, including the National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland,[5] The Irish Armed Forces[6] and those of Trinity College and University College, both in Dublin.

His work has also featured on book covers[7][8] and postage stamps in Ireland and abroad.[9]


Walton paints principally from life, eschewing photorealism for more painterly values. While retaining an uncanny realism from a distance, on close examination his mark-making is often gestural and the surface densely worked.[10][11][12][13]



  1. ^ Egan, Barry. "'I'd rather be up a mountain than in the museums'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Conor Walton, Irish Painter: Biography, Paintings". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  3. ^ McEvoy, Lorraine. "Conor Walton-Allegories of Painting". Dunamaise Arts. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
  4. ^ "NUMU: Still Life Painting Workshop with Conor Walton - Nov. 14th and 15th". 29 September 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  5. ^ "National Self Portrait Collection of Ireland | University of Limerick". Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  6. ^ Chiefs of Staff The Portrait Collection of the Irish Defence Forces. ISBN 978-1-84588-755-1.
  7. ^ "Kinder, Kinder!". Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  8. ^ "Was für ein Glück?". Peter Lang. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  9. ^ "Ireland Spain Stamp Issue". An Post. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  10. ^ Seed, John (2014-09-01). "Conor Walton: Contemplating Higher Things". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  11. ^ Tipton, Gemma. "Ideas for 2016: A year to paint a portrait". The Irish Times. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  12. ^ MacMonagle, Niall. "Black Hole by Conor Walton -". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  13. ^ Hess, F. Scott (9 November 2015). "Art That Hurts". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  14. ^ "RDS TAYLOR ART COMPETITION WINNERS 1878 – 2015". Royal Dublin Society. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Irish artists pick up the prizes at Italian show -". Irish Independent. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  16. ^ "BP Portrait Award 2005". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 2017-05-26.
  17. ^ Kennedy, Maev (14 June 2005). "Painstaking artist wins £25,000 BP Portrait Award". the Guardian. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  18. ^ "2013-2014 Salon: StillLife results". Art Renewal Center. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  19. ^ "2014-2015 Salon: StillLife results". Art Renewal Center. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Lo mejor de la pintura realista vuelve al IAACC Pablo Serrano | El Digital de Asturias". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  21. ^ Toquero, Alejandro. "El arte figurativo y el retrato pisan con fuerza en el Pablo Serrano". Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  22. ^ "1º Premio - 1st Prize". Concurso de retrato Modportrait (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-06-05.

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