1. About me and CV
2. Info for interns in my studio
3. Terms and conditions for undertaking commercial projects


I've been a professional artist and illustrator for nearly two decades.

Have a look through any of the paintings and illustrations here and you'll see my creativity at work for many businesses. I create editorial art and illustrations for newspapers and magazines such as The Irish Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Business Post
and many others across the world.

As a fine artist, my work has been shown at several cultural venues in France and Ireland, including as part of a juried show in La Musée des Arts Décoratifs in le Palais du Louvre, Paris. My work hangs in the British National Collection, notably in the British Embassy in Paris.

I've completed unique and exclusive art commissions as gifts for executives, too (please see such commissions on the Private Art Commissions page.

I'm represented globally by Three in a Box Artist's Representatives in Toronto.

Artist Statement

I'm sorry if you're looking for a written Artist Statement. My work and my CV are my statements.

Kevin McSherry. Curriculum Vitae

Kevin McSherry  [b. 1962]
Mobile: 086 247 0737
Email: kevin@mcsherry.ie
Web: www.mcsherry.ie

Professional activities
2002: 1 week in Cill Rialaig Project,
2000-5: Chairman of Illustrators Guild of Ireland [IGI]
2007: 2 weeks in Cill Rialaig Project,
2008: 1 week Cill Rialaig Project
2011: Invitation to RHA figure painting sessions
2012:  Accepted for Tyrone Guthrie Centre,
2014: 1 week Cill Rialaig Project
2015: Accepted for 1 week Cill Rialaig Project

Solo Shows
1999: Les Années Acryliques Alliance Française, Dublin
2007: Marrow Envy & Other Stories, Alliance Française Dublin
2010: The Humours of MacSearraigh Sol Art Gallery, Dublin
2012: The Exile's Return Filleadh An Deoraí. March 28. Copperhouse Gallery, Dublin
2013: This Is Not Cricket. By invitation of The City of Nantes. Centre Culturel Européen, Nantes, France. (Quinzaines Festival).
2014: The 52nd State of Mind. (October) Gallery 27, Dublin.

2016: Flights of Fancy. La Galerie Impromptu, Dublin

Group Shows

2002: ‘Illustration –the Art of Contemporary Illumination' Co-curated and exhibited in the Illustrators Guild of Ireland's (IGI) first major group exhibition, The Chester Beatty Library [European Museum of the Year 2002].

2003: Second group exhibition of IGI members ‘The Coloured Stuff’ Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

2007: Selected by jury to exhibit in show ‘Les Trésors Cachés de nos Artistes’ Musée de la Publicité, Le Louvre, Paris

2007: Invited to show in group exhibition: ‘A Nation’s Obsession: Illustration and Architecture in Ireland’s Changing Economy’ in the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Dublin.

2008: Represented Ireland in Exhibition ‘Resonance’ Alliance Française', with Culture Ireland, Centre Culturel. [Collège des Irlandais, Paris].

2008: Candy Karaoke’ an exhibition of re-interpreted LP covers in association with Candy Culture.

2008: ‘SLANT: Imitation - flattery or battery?’, a collaboration between the Illustrators Guild of Ireland and the Association of Illustrators AOI (UK). Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast.

2008: IGI sketchbook project. (A series of  sketchbooks in different formats set to illustrators nationwide).

2009: IGI/Offset exhibition [part of week of arts actiivities for Design Week]

2010: IGI/South Studios group exhibition 'Drawers' [by invitation]

2010: 'Circus', SoGo Festival group exhibition [by invitation]

2010: IGI/United Arts Club group exhibition [by invitation]

2010: IGI/South Studios group exhibition 'Laundry' [by invitation]

2011: IGI/United Arts Club select group exhibition [by invitation]

2011: Selected for Royal Hibernian Academy open submissions exhibition.

2011: Trinity Science Gallery, TCD: Exhibition, 'Elements' [by invitation]

2011: Selected joint-runner-up by jury, FIRE illustration competition: Revolution

2011: 20/20 Gallery, Cork: Nightshades exhibition curated by Sheelah Moloney.

2011: The Doorway Gallery Group show, Dublin

2012: Selected for Open Submissions exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.

2012: The Illustrated Beatles Illustrators Ireland themed group show.

2013: United Arts Club/Illustrators Guild of Ireland Group Show. February.

2013: Work purchased by Sir Peter Ricketts, the UK Ambassador to France for the British National Art Collection.

2013: Illustrators Guild of Ireland Group show, 'Superstition'. Copperhouse gallery, Dublin

2014: United Arts Club/Illustrators Ireland Group Show, 'Mythical Beasts'. July. [by invitation]

2014: Selected for Royal Hibernian Academy open submissions exhibition.

2014: Invited to show in ‘Parcours des Créateurs’, Nantes, France June.

2014: United Arts Club/Illustrators Ireland Group Show, 'Facial ExpressionFeb. [by invitation]

2015: Selected for Spring Open Submissions exhibition, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.

2014: Invited to show at 'Perspectives' as part of the Harold's Cross festival.

2015: United Arts Club/Illustrators Guild of Ireland Group Show, 'Facial Expressions'.

2016: Meet the Family Group Show, Lismore, County Waterford.

2016: Microcosm Group Show, Thomastown, County Kilkenny.

Community Activity

2013: Volunteered as painting demonstrator during Harold's Cross Festival

2014: Volunteered as painting demonstrator during Harold's Cross Festival2015: Curated group show in Terenure Village as part of National Culture Night.

2016: Volunteer as children's art activities mentor at Lismore Castle during 'Children's Books Festival'

2016: Support of charity, The Musical Youth Foundation, by decorating a guitar in gilding and acrylics to raise funds for the musical education of children.

Awards (All IGI awards juried by an international panel of judges)

2005: Overall best illustration. Grand Prix Best Unpublished/Self-promotional Illustration category

2004: Best Unpublished/Self-Promotional Illustration category

2004: Best Editorial Illustration category

Other Related Activities

Teacher of painting (private classes) www.McSherryStudio.com: Teaching painting. Workshops given in painting disciplines (Illustration; still life; landscape; imaginative); acrylics and oils.

2014: Taken the volunteer role of Promotions Officer for Illustrators Guild of Ireland: Promoting the craft of illustration in Ireland. Liaising with the Arts Council, Counterpart bodies such as the European Illustrators Forum and Society of Illustrators, (NY),  Association of Illustrators (UK) Design organizations in Ireland and international.

Listed lecturer on the subject of art at VEC Rathmines (Vocational Education Committee)
Invited as Visiting Lecturer on the subject of illustration:
  • National College of Art and Design 
  • DIT College of Marketing & Design, Mountjoy Square
  • National Print College, Bolton Street
  • Ballyfermot Art College

Professional memberships
  • Illustrators Guild of Ireland
  • IVARO [Irish Visual Artists’ Rights Organisation]

Information for prospective interns who want to work with me in my studio.

I see internships in my studio as a collaboration. I would hope to learn as much from you as you do from me. I work as an independent illustrator/artist and art teacher which requires that I do many of the jobs for which other, bigger businesses have staff: On top of my artistic work, there is: Administration; invoicing; prospecting; teaching; pricing; debt-collection; web site building, creating shows, etc.. The work is constant and very varied -and often fun.

My least successful activity is marketing; generating interest and following up; something that a student of marketing and/or design could do much better than me.

I hope that my intern would get a lot out of this collaboration since you would be free to make any relevant suggestions and shape any campaigns on social media and other avenues yourself -and add these to your record of activities. I could learn much from you -and you could test yourself in a real environment. You might get an internship in a large company but you
 risk being stuck doing menial work. With me, it would be full-on and you’ll get to use everything you’ve learned at college!

My expectations (and probably the expectations of any business, creative or otherwise) are:

  • Respect and courtesy: Please don't approach me by impersonal email without having researched me and my work, your email will be binned without being read. A respectful approach will be heard: I will reply, even if I can't take you on.
  • You'll be representing me to people who I hope to work with or already work with: please don't turn up looking like Edward Scissorhands! I might impressed by your creatively stunning and committed individuality but I know clients who would not.
  • Show me that you can think for yourself and that you possess initiative. There's no point in me taking on an intern who I think I will perform tasks that I can't do, only to find I've got to closely guide them along.
  • Know how to address people in formal circumstances like writing a letter or an email or when phoning. Your English doesn't have to be perfect but the rules are the same in any language and besides, I'll correct the English where I can.
  • Never make promises you can't or won't keep. This is a cardinal rule for life. For example, try your best to keep to your deadlines, whatever they are. Like turning up at meetings. I had arranged a formal meeting with seven students once. Only two turned up. It was a sunny day; we don't get many sunny days in Ireland but, you see; that's just bad luck, isn't it? That's the world of work. Also, if you can't make your deadline or if you're going to be late, have the courtesy to phone in.
In return, you'll be treated very well; you'll be praised highly for the good work that you do (unfortunately, this doesn't often happen in the work environment as many bosses are complete tossers); I'll make sure that you get the benefit of my experience; I'll do whatever I can do to help you along in your career and introduce you to others who might help you along too.

Terms and conditions for undertaking commercial projects


  • All work by the artist, Kevin McSherry is guaranteed original in concept and execution

  • Assignments are taken on and priced on a licencing basis. Each assignment is governed under an agreed licence and terms that you can download here: (PDF estimate form)

  • All work remains the exclusive copyright of the artist and may not be used or reproduced without permission.

  • All images on this site are watermarked and are traceable using Digimarc.

  • Unless agreed otherwise and entered in the terms of a signed contract, all originals are sent to the client on the understanding that they be returned intact unless other arrangements are negotiated at the outset.

  • According to the Copyright Act 2000, all digital copies in the posession of clients must be disposed of, once the assignment has been completed and may not be changed, copied or otherwise distributed without the agreement of the artist. However, I don't mind if they're kept for retrieval as long as I'm notified and arrangements are made for the payment of a new licence to reproduce. 

  • Kevin McSherry asserts his moral right to be known as the author of his work and that work will not be changed without his permission.


Kevin McSherry abides by the code of conduct of the Illustrators' Guild of Ireland and uses the terms and conditions laid down by the Guild.

  • If you would like to know more about the licencing and usage of images, visit the web site of the Illustrators' Guild of Ireland at: www.illustratorsireland.com

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