Freelands Foundation

02 July 2020

The Emergency Funding Grant has been awarded to Ronan by Freelands Foundation in support of artists affected by COVID-19 living and working in the UK and Northern Ireland.

COVID-19 Online Exhibition

May 3rd 2020

Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland #2- an exhibition organised by Gallery 545 showcasing emerging and established contemporary artists living and working in Northern Ireland has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Unfortunately the exhibition cannot go ahead at Sea Holly Gallery Belfast. The planned show is available online through Gallery 545's website.


Click image or the read more button to be directed to the online version.

Vermont Studio Center

01 March 2020

Merit Grant and Community Exchange Award awarded by the Vermont Studio Center March 2020, A 4-week residnecy in Johnson Vermont USA.

Terminated 2-weeks in due to COVID_19

This show will feature work from 20 of the most exciting student, emerging and established artists, filmmakers and photographers working in Ireland today. Selected from hundreds of submissions, we are excited to announce the artists and filmmakers for peripheriesOPEN 2019.


Marian Balfe

Ella Bertilsson

Ronan Bowes

Daniel Breen

Chloe Brenan

Fiona Chambers

John Graham

Brid Higgins Ni Cheide

Tommy Lehane

Sarah O Brien

Frances O Dwyer

Laurence O’Toole

Sinead Ni Mhaonaigh

Kelly Ratchford

Fiona Reilly

Celine Sheridan

Lucy Sheridan

Moira Tierney

Sanja Todorovic

Sarah Wilson

Showcasing recent works by emerging and more

established artists based in Northern Ireland, this

exhibition celebrates originality and diversity of

talent through a selection of works which include

paintings, works on paper, objects and textile



These artists are represented by Gallery 545,

an online and pop-up gallery specialising in

contemporary art of Northern Ireland

Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland

September 2019

Sea Holly Gallery, 35 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2NB

12 - 26 September 2019

Opening on Thursday 12 September 6-8 pm

Exhibition Tour on Saturday 21 September 2-2.40 pm

Open from Tuesdays to Sundays from lunchtime until early evening  - Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 1-7 pm, Fridays 12-7 pm, Saturdays 12-6 pm, Sundays 1-5 pm.


Featuring Lisa Ballard, Natalia Black, Ronan Bowes, Alacoque Davey, Craig Donald, Dan Ferguson, Wendy Ferguson, Karl Hagan, Trina Hobson, Ashely B Holmes, Rachel Lawell, Aimee Melaugh, Clement McAleer, Rosie McGurran, Grace McMurray, Kevin Miller, Latisha Reihill, Charlie Scott, Anushiya Sundaralingam and Jennifer Trouton.

Curated by Francesca Biondi, Art Director at Gallery 545.

Gallery 545 Pop-up is hosted at the Sea Holly Gallery, a new stunning art space in the heart of Belfast.

All art works are for sale online at and the Sea Holly Gallery from 12 September. For sales and enquiries contact Gallery 545 at or 07960 130414.

Lodestar Residency

August 2019

Ronan is excited and grateful to be accepted as a participating artist in this years Lodestar residency in Co. Limerick Ireland.


Lodestar Art School Ireland is an intensive 10-day residency of painting and drawing in the West of Ireland at Glenstal Abbey and Castle. Led by internationally recognised artists and critics from Europe and the US including Denis Farrell (founder and director), Glenn Goldberg, Sharon Horvath, John Yau, Alice Maher, Chuck Webster, Diana Copperwhite and Judy Glantzman.


Delphian Gallery

March 2019

Delphian Gallery’s Open Call is an annual free-to-enter online competition with the intention of discovering the most captivating and challenging work by emerging and early career artists. The first prize winner will win a fully funded solo exhibition with Delphian Gallery in London in 2019. With over 10,000 submissions from around the world, their selection this year embraces the aesthetic subjectivities of the curatorial team. Aided by last year's overall winner Florence Hutchings, alongside curator, Hector Campbell as judges. The resulting works selected are vibrantly varied in style, medium, and geography but build upon a collective formal language of immediacy. 


Ronan is elated to be chosen as one of the winning artists in the Delphian Open Call 2019, with his recent work "Launch" 2018.

Contemporary Visions 2019

January 2019

Ronan's work has been longlisted by an esteemed jury through Beers Gallery London for further consideration and inclusion in Contemporary Visions 2019.


Jurors included Katy Hessel, Curator & Founder of @thegreatwomenartists, London (UK); Kate Mothes, Curator and Art Blogger of Young Space, Wisconsin (USA); Claus Busch Risvig, Collector, Sikeborg (Denmark); Nicolas Sassoon, Artist and 2018 Contemporary Visions finalist, Vancouver (Canada); and John Wolf, Art Advisor and Curator, Los Angeles (USA).

Art Maze Mag

November 2018

A new publication of Ronan's work is selected and included in the 10th Anniversary edition of Art Maze Magazine.

Physical copies available:

- New York, USA (McNally Jackson Books: Soho, Williamsburg);

- Berlin, Germany (Do You Read Me?!);

- London, UK (White Cube Gallery and Mag Cultutre);

- throughout the UK: Bath (Magalleria), Brighton (Magazine Brighton);

- Los Angeles, USA (Hennessy and Ingalls);

- Stockholm, Sweden (P A P E R C U T);

- Amsterdam, Netherlands (Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum)

Group Exhibition

July 19th 2018

"If You Had a Magic Ball" 2017 a work on paper by Ronan is selected by curator and gallery owner Paul McKenna to be included in this years main exhibition "Gathering" held at the Boyle Arts Festival in Co.Roscommon Ireland.

Follow the link for show dates and artist list.

Structure and Imagery


'Expressive Remedy' is a publication by painter and writer Paul Behnke on Ronan's work via Behnke's popular blog 'Structure and Imagery'.

NYC Crit Club

Spring 2018 Semester

Ronan has been selected as a partcipating artist in this Springs NYC Crit Club- a grad school-style group critiques of serious NY artists work. Their goal is towards improving the work of every artist in the group collectively while building a strong community. Critiques are held at different artist’s studios on a rotating basis as well as at Galleries and Art spaces across the city. All members present on a three week rotation to the whole class. Participating artists take turns hosting and share their work in their studios at the start of class, followed by crits of presenters work by the group.  Assignments that are given facilitate the development of each artists unique project. Guest critics join for critiques in the middle and end of the semester! Classes are taught by Director Catherine Haggarty and Founder/Director Hilary Doyle.

Group Show


'To Go'

A group show curated by Morgana Tetherow and Nicholas DiLeonardi.

Opening Friday August 4th 6-9pm

@ELTRIUNFO 332 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10009



Settling the Ghost

Presented by Young Space at Standard Projects

Curated by Kate Mothes

Dates: July 14 – August 6, 2017

Opening reception: Friday, July 14, 2017 from 6-9pm

Standard Projects, 111 S. Nash Street, Hortonville, WI 54944


April 21st 2017

Ronan Bowes, currently based in the US, is originally from Northern Ireland, where the political and civil unrest in the country has influenced his stunning work. I'm so happy to share this thoughtful interview -- and a little bit of a history lesson! -- along with his gorgeous work. Be sure to check out more at the links below!

Aqua Art Fair

30th November - 4th December 2016

Come and check out a selection of new paintings by Ronan that will be on show with the Exposure Gallery, Room 108 at Aqua Art Fair Miami, 1530 Collins Avenue Miami Beach.


November 30th - December 4th. 

6th ArtSlant Showcase


"Cool it" 2016 painting selected for the Juried Round of ArtSlant's 6th Annual Showcase. Jury includes Curator Erin Gilbert and Katelijne De Backer, Director of Art New York and Aqua Art Miami.


Best of luck!


17-19th June 2016

A solo show of new work will be taking place at 89 Main Street, Nyack through 17-19 June 2016.


Opening time 


Open studio

21st-22nd May 2016

Ronan's studio will be open over the Garner Arts Festival weekend. Drop in and check out his work, tools and process with a live painting performance. Snacks and beverages provided.

Studio E Building 24

Showing at Greenpoint Gallery

8th April 2016

Four new paintings will be on view at Greenpoint gallery in Brooklyn New York.

Saatchi Artist of the Day

December 2015

Ronan is happy to be selected by Saatchi's curators as 'Artist of the day'. To see his profile and portfolio of work with Saatchi Art please click the 'read more' link below.



Let Grass Roots Grow is an exhibition organised by Ronan Bowes.The show features 17 artists who practice painting as a means to communicate and express the world and cultures we live in.

The concept for the exhibition stems from the expression 'Let Grass Roots Grow'... To give one a chance. To thrive in a new city or country, perhaps. To connect with humans on a human level. To grow as peers. To support as savage studio slaves.

Join us for the private view at Aside Bside Gallery, Hackney Downs, East London 7th of May at 6pm. Show ends on May 12th.

Saatchi Selection

March 15, 2013

"Trapped in Sublime" has been featured in the "Abstract August" collection.You can see the collection by clicking the image on the left.

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