My dual heritage has greatly influenced and inspired my paintings. The Irish have always had an outward looking perspective and a unique identity in the world.

Likewise, throughout history, the Lebanese people have covered great expanses in order to explore, learn, trade and grow. I endeavour to continue these traditions of exploration, discovery and expression through the medium of paint.


While painting, surrounded by the ancient Burren landscape, I attempt to articulate each painting as an extension of the physical ground, sea and sky, as much as the painting also materializes my reminiscences of colours and natural phenomena. 


Richard Hearns

Richard Hearns was born in Beirut and raised in Dublin. His paintings document a search for an idyll. Driven by a deep spiritual sensibility, his experiences and connections with seperate locations and cultures are combined to form a triangular history. Meditative layers are applied in a physical expression of form, drawn from the discipline of martial arts and the rythmic nature of rural life. Behind the search of paradise through paint lie all the tender realities of life.

Installation shots


2004 H DIP Art Craft and Design Education NCAD.
2002 BFA Fine Art Interdisciplinary Digital Media IADT.
2001 DIPLOMA Fine Art Interdisciplinary Digital Media IADT.




2015 Assistant to Associate Professor of Abstract Painting at the Kunstakademie, Bad Reichenhall, Germany.

2015 Selected to present work to the Prince of Wales on behalf of the Burren College of Art and NUI Galway.

2015 Artist in residence, Nave 12, Barcelona, Spain.
2014 International Artist Symposium, City of Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany.
2012 The Art Students League of New York, U.S.A.
2011 Artist in residence, Custom House Studios, Westport Quay, Co. Mayo.
2011 Fingal County Enterprise Board, Export Grant Initiative Award.
2011 Officially sponsored by Richard Oliver Fine Art Brushes, Ireland.
2009/10 Artist in residence, Cill Rialaig Foundation, Bolas Head, Co. Kerry.
2008 Artist in residence, The Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.
2006 Artist in residence, The Mantua Art Project, Mantua Co. Roscommon.




2018    Cadogan Contemporary, London.

2018   ‘The Cardinal’s Portrait’, Solo Exhibition, The Sheen Centre for Thought and Culture, New York.

2016   ‘Where Your Treasure Is’, Solo Exhibition, The Sheen Centre for Thought and Culture, New York.

2015   ‘Communion’, Solo Exhibition, All Saints, Pasadena, Los Angeles.

2015   ‘Crucible’, Solo Exhibition, Burren College of Art, Co. Clare.

2014   ‘Raw/Cooked: Last of the Summer Mackerel’, Solo Exhibition, Gallery La Cornue, Paris.
2014   ‘The Artist’s Shelf ‘, Solo Exhibition, O’ Sullivans Antiques,  New York City.
2014   ‘The Rural Idyll ‘ Solo Exhibition, Jorgensen Fine Art, Hibernian Way, Dublin 2.
2013   ‘Reflections of Place’, Solo Exhibit, Lighthouse International, E59th Street, New York.
2012   ‘Paintings by Richard Hearns’, Solo Exhibit, Offices of the Cardinal of New York, New York.
2011   ‘Paintings by Richard Hearns’, Solo Exhibit, The Dillon Hall, 1011 1st Ave, New York City.
2010   ‘Like a River Flows’, Solo Exhibition, Fingal County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin.
2010   ‘Objects of Knowledge’, Solo Exhibition, High Tide Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo.
2009    Solo Exhibit, The Grange Gallery, Oldtown, North County Dublin.
2008   ’A Quiet Light’, Solo Exhibition, Cong Art Gallery, Cong, Co. Mayo.
2008   ‘Between the Heart and the Light’. Solo Exhibit. The Gallery, Sheen Falls Lodge, Co. Kerry.
2007   ’Towards an Island’. Solo Exhibit. Wonksiri Gallery, Koh Mak, Trad Provience, Thailand.
2007   ‘Solace’. Solo Exhibition. Carlinn Gallery, Dundalk Street, Carlingford, Co. Louth.
2007   ‘Creations Of An Inner Life’. Solo Exhibition. The Gallery, Sheen Falls Lodge, Kerry.




2017   ‘Iomramh: Three man show, Espronceda, Barcelona.

2014   ‘Kunstler International Symposium: Group Exhibition, Villa Bohm, Neustradt an der Weinstrasse, Germany.
2013   VUE, Royal Hibernian Academy, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
2012   The 182nd Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2.
2009   Group Exhibit, The Back Lane Painters and Friends, Roundstone, Connemara, Co. Galway
2008   The Oisin Gallery, Summer Event Exhibition, 44 Westland Row, Dublin
2006   Boyle Arts Festival, Boyle Co. Roscommon
2002   DLIADT Degree Show, (drawing, video & sound installation), Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
2001   DLIADT Diploma Show, (drawing, video & sound installation), Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art & Design and Technology.