Tracy Sweeney

Tracy Sweeney

Castlebar, Mayo, Ireland

About Tracy Sweeney

"What Sweeney has vividly evoked is its maker's desire to create a mark in public, to make something imperfect and thus unique. In this and many of these works, Sweeney's aesthetic is a raw one of the scrap yard, and at moments - the gutter"
Jean Tormey, Curator, Tate Modern, London.

Tracy Sweeney is an artist from Ireland. Her dynamic paintings have won major awards including the prestigious Pollock Krasner Award in New York. Sweeney's numerous international exhibitions have been met with much acclaim, particularly her exhibition "Station/Wall" in Grafiska Sallskapet Galleri, Stockholm; her work in the Paris Biennale 109 and a major group exhibition; "˜Grafiktriennalen', opened by King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tracy Sweeney's paintings are held in major collections, galleries & museums throughout Ireland, Europe & the US. She is represented by Grafiska Sallskapet, & Galleri Ingela S, Stockholm, Sweden.


2005 BA Hons Degree with Distinction in Fine Art, GMIT, Galway, Ireland
2003 Diploma in Fine Art with Distinction, GMIT, Galway, Ireland
2005 Thesis with Distinction: ‘Hidden Truths; The Ambiguous Photographs of Northern Ireland’
2003 Thesis with Distinction: ‘Photographing Ireland; Contemporary Views of the Irish Locale’


2020 'Fighting with Shadows', Irelands Museum of the Great Hunger, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA
2019 'The Other Art Fair' Kings Cross, London
2019 'Straight out of Ireland' Irish Diaspora Centre, Bryn Mawr. Pennsylvania, USA
2013 'Station/Wall', Grafiska Sällskapet Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 'Stories from the Abandoned City', Galleri Ingela S, Stockholm, Sweden
2012 ‘New Works by Tracy Sweeney’, The Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
2010 ‘Quick! Cops!’ Galleri Ingela S, Stockholm, Sweden
2009 ‘Artefact & Error’, The Galway Arts Festival; Official Programme, Galway, Ireland
2008 ‘Thus Spoke the Silent Spaces’, Central Bank, Dame St. Dublin, Ireland
2008 ‘If you Lived Here, You would be Home by Now’, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland.
(Curated by Hugh Mulholland, Former Director Ormeau Baths Gallery Belfast)
2007 'Thus Spoke The Silent Spaces’-Watergate Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
2006 ‘Thus Spoke the Silent Spaces’- The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland
2006 ‘AP-Art’- The Galway Arts Centre-Process Room, Galway, Ireland

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 VUE Contemporary Art, RHA, Dublin, Ireland
2013 NP33 Galleri, Norrköping, Sweden
2013 Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
2013 SUPERMARKET Art Fair, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, with Grafiska Sällskapet Gallery, Stockholm
2011 Biennale 109, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2011 ‘Hong Kong Graphic Art Fiesta’, City Hall, Hong Kong, China. With Leinster Printmakers.
2011 ‘Bladverk’, Grafiska Sällskapet Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2011 ‘Le Cheile’ at Oriel Yns Mon Museum, Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales, UK.
2010 'Matrix', The Graphic Print Studio Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
2010 'Dynamics', Galleri Ingela S, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 XIV Grafiktriennalen (Swedish Printmaking Triennial), Konstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden.
Officially opened by His Majesty King Carl Gustav of Sweden.
Exhibition also travelled to:
Sundsvalls Museum, Sundsvall, Sweden
Kulturens Hus, Luleå, Sweden
Falkenbergs Museum, Falkenberg, Sweden
Landskrona Konsthall, Landskrona, Sweden
2010 ‘Längtans Landskap’, Grafiska Sällskapet Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 'Le Cheile', Rhyl Arts Centre, Wales, UK
2009 Exhibition with Graphic Studio, Gallery Astley, Uttersberg, Sweden
2009 'Impact’, with Leinster Printmakers, Bristol, UK
2009 ‘Bog’, with Leinster Printmakers, Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland.
Curated by Peter Jones, Dublin Institute of Technology, Fine Art Department
2009 Exhibition with Endangered Studios, Kilkenny Arts Festival, No. 72 John St. & Fennellys, Callan,
Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
2009 ‘Bog’, The Factory Space, Capel St. Dublin, Ireland
2008 ‘Greenstar’, Mermaid Art Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
2007 ‘Iontas’, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo, Ireland. (Curated by Michael Dempsey, Curator, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland)
2007 'Within & Without', Limerick Printmakers, Limerick, Ireland
2007 'Within & Without' The Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
2006 ‘ Impressions’, The Galway Arts Centre, Galway, Ireland
2006 'Within & Without’-, White Room Gallery, Galway, Ireland
(Selected by Ruairí Ó Cúiv, Public Art Manager, Dublin City Council, Dublin, Ireland)