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Roger Cummiskey



Roger specializes in watercolour paintings, which take their themes and titles from the wanderings and writings of James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and other Literary personalities. This has come from a lifelong interest in attempting to interpret in paintings what Joyce et al. so eloquently wrote about our native city, Dublin. Roger calls his collection "A Stroll Thro' Ulysses."

To celebrate the new Millennium a selection of new paintings has been developed by Roger Cummiskey giving art enthusiasts and collectors alike an opportunity to purchase a part of this glowing history.

Dublin Artist Roger Cummiskey  exhibited at the United Nations Building in New York in July and August 2000 after representing Ireland in "Our World in the Year 2000" as a result of a World-wide Millennium Art Competition organised by Winsor & Newton.

Roger, from Blackrock, County Dublin, in Ireland, was selected to represent Ireland in the prestigious Millennium event.

His painting of the River Slaney, one of the fourteen "River Gods" or "Heads of the River" which feature on Dublin's Custom House, was on exhibition at London's Mall Galleries in aid of the Princes' Foundation during February 2000.

This painting was also part of a touring exhibition, which was on show at The World Trade Centre, Stockholm, Sweden in March 2000.

Roger travelled to New York in July 2000 where his painting represented Ireland at the exhibition in the United Nations Building, in aid of UNICEF.

More than 22,000 amateur and professional artists across the globe submitted paintings to this competition. 51 countries took part and five winners were chosen to represent their country at the international judging. The overall winning painting was by Ramon Piaguaje, a Socoya Indian from the Rainforest in Equador.

Roger is a full time painter and Member of The Artists Association of Ireland. 
He is primarily a watercolourist but also paints in Oil and Acrylic.

Roger's involvement in the Arts spans a lifetime and has included Board membership of Eucrea Ireland Ltd, the European Communities' efforts to include participation in the arts by and with people with disabilities.

He was also involved for many years with Very Special Arts Ireland and Europe. VSA is the charity founded by former US Ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy-Smith, in 1975, and now has a presence in over 50 countries around the World.

"The River Slaney" was chosen to represent Ireland after his exhibition "Some Greek Some Romans" which was his interpretation of the River Gods of Ireland commissioned in 1780 by James Gandon for the Custom House in Dublin.

Roger is a keen Joycean. His most recent exhibition  "A Stroll Thro' Ulysses" was held at the Bank of Ireland Arts Centre in Dublin and consisted of over 50 watercolour paintings depicting his interpretation of the
writings and wanderings of James Joyce.

Senator David Norris performed the official opening and Seamus Heaney, the Nobel Prize winning Poet, was a distinguished visitor.

"I take inspiration not only from Ulysses but also Finnegans Wake, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners and the many poems written by Joyce."

The most recent series of paintings, which Roger has produced, is based on the booklet "Pomes Penyeach" by James Joyce and contains each of the 14 poems written by James Joyce from 1904 in Dublin through Trieste, Zurich and Paris up to 1932. These may be commissioned directly from the Artist.


2002 Our House Exhibition, The Point Depot, Dublin

Airfield  Trust , Dublin, Ireland

  Malahide, Dublin, Ireland
  Marbella, Spain
  Merrion Sq, Dublin, Ireland
  St Stephen's Green, Dublin, Ireland
  Conradh na Gaelge, Dublin, Ireland
  Slovenia Christmas Exhibition, Slovenia
  Paintings feature in the November edition, main article, of Irish Interiors Magazine 2001

Second prize, landscape section, World of Watercolor, December 2001 for "Play", interpretation of the Samuel Beckett play of the same name

  Internet Featured Artist 2001 at;;
Other Exhibitions Group and individual shows with CEER at the RHA and Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin
  Castle and Brock Galleries in Dublin
  Gallery 34, Bangor, Northern Ireland
  Elm Park G&SC, Booterstown Community Show, Dublin
  SAA, RHH, Westminster, London
  International Art Exhibition, Sydney, Australia
  Irish Garden Festival RDS, Dublin
  Sandymount Joycean Exhibition
  Gallery of Art and Design, Co Louth
  Hedigan's, Glasnevin
  St Vincent's School, Glasnevin, Co Dublin
  Ardgillen Castle and Monkstown 1200
  Belfast Garden Art Exhibition, Balmoral
  Art on the Railings, Sandymount
  Bloomsday Art, Southbank Gallery Sandycove
  Mail Art -Ireland Today (Mayo CC)
  Neptune Gallery, Wexford, Kenny's Gallery, Galway, Arthouse IDL, Awards
  Kinsale Art Gallery
  Mall Galleries, London
  World Trade Centre, Stockholm, Sweden
  United Nations Building, New York, USA


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