John Long (artist)

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John Long
Born John Long
Portadown, Northern Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Byam Shaw School of Art, Slade School of Fine Art
Known for Portrait painting, Still life, Oil painting
Movement Irish Art
Awards Taylor de Vere, Dublin; Arts Council of Northern Ireland Award; Year of the Artist Award, South East Arts; Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Canada; Elected Member Royal Hibernian Academy

John Long (born 1964, Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland) is an artist whose work has been exhibited in Dublin and London, as well as in the United States. He is a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy,[1] and a widely-sought lecturer and teacher. His work has been compared to Velázquez, Piraikos, Chardin, and Cézanne.


Early years[edit]

Born in Portadown in 1964, Long studied at the Belfast College of Art and Design before pursuing a Higher Diploma in Painting at Slade School of Fine Art, where he studied under Euan Uglow. Upon its completion, he took up the position of Artist in Residence at the Byam Shaw School of Art.[2]

Work and awards[edit]

In London, Long has had exhibitions with Theo Waddington Fine Art and in Dublin his first solo exhibition was with Jorgensen Fine Art in May 1999. He has also exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy Banquet Exhibition, Dublin and at the RHA's annual exhibitions. Consequently, he was awarded the Taylor de Vere award in 1993, and in 1995 was made an associate member of the Academy. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland recognised his work with awards in 1993 and 1994. Among the major group exhibitions at which Long's work has been shown are "The Importance of Drawing" exhibition at The Royal Museum, Canterbury; the "Spring Contemporary Exhibition" at the Albany Gallery, London; the "British Art Fair" at the Royal College of Art London and at the "Vital Presence" exhibition at the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. Waddington Tribby Fine Art, Boca Raton, Florida exhibited his work in 2002.[3] Long's work in oil on canvas has been described as unafraid "to shy from depicting the mundane and the trivial" and has been noted for its "passion for little things and inclination to save them from dismissal".[4]


John teaches in various colleges including the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He is currently senior lecturer in painting at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, where he lives, and has been invited to give a masterclass and lecture at the RHA in October 2010. He has also taught at the Taichung Academy of Fine Art in Taiwan, and Dun Laoghaire College of Art And Design. In 2010 he was made a full member of the RHA.[5]



  1. ^ "Royal Hibernian Academy Members," Royal Hibernian Academy website
  2. ^ "John Long page," Jorgensen Fine Art Website
  3. ^ "John Long portfolio," White Image
  4. ^ Freeman, Julian Jorgensen Fine Art Catalogue, Published 2009, page 20
  5. ^ Freeman, Julian Jorgensen Fine Art Catalogue, Published 2009

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