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Emma Hayes


Dunboyne, Co.Meath. Ireland.

Tel: +353851577988

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I am a visual artist, primarily a painter currently working in my studio in Co Meath. I have artworks in public and private collections, most notably in the Office of Public Works and the Facebook Air Program. My work is informed by my internalised experiences, childhood memories and immediate surroundings. Through collage, paint and installation, I am interested in the process of making a picture. How I apply paint is important to me. Painting with oil paint, I use gestural marks, confident brushstrokes, minimal strokes, layering and overlapping shapes, opacities, and translucencies to convey personal attachments to my environment and around home life. I am interested in how we represent ourselves within our own environment through saturated colours, layered elements, and our experiences. There is an evocation of the absence and presence of people in my life. I am interested in creating a space through decision making and exploration of paint. 




National college of Art & Design, Dublin.

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Fine Art, Painting

Sep 2015 – June 2018:

Rewarded with a first class honours (1:1)


Dunboyne College of Further Education, Dunboyne, Co. Meath.

FETAC Level 5, Art Portfolio

Sep 2014 - May 2015:

8 Distinctions


Creative Experiences

The Agility Award 2020, the Arts Council Ireland.

I was delighted to receive funding from the Arts Council to develop my art practice, to make new work and to have the time and funds to be able to focus on my practice.


‘Past and Present Evocations’ 2019. Facebook Artist in Residence Program, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Please watch this short video and view works before reading:


I love working on a large scale and this was my first multinational client. I was asked by the Open Arts Manager if I would like to consider painting a mural for the Facebook Air Program after seeing my work online through my Instagram account.

- The brief: To create a visually appealing and comforting space for the employees of Facebook to utilise and enjoy every day.

- The creative process: For the project I did not want to lose the painterly qualities that are important to me and important to how I make work, so I used the space as if it was a canvas using big, gestural brushstrokes with acrylic paint. The Arts Manager and I decided to go for a walk in Herbert Park and because of this, I looked at my immediate surroundings and recorded Herbert Park through photography, drawing and collage.

- The result: I brought the client along a journey from a concept to finished product by leading my project from start to finish. I managed my relationship with the Facebook Team in a creative and organised way, keeping everyone updated across the weeks I was there and leading my own project with their involvement. I built relationships with everyone involved, took on their feedback and worked it into my creative process.


‘Oh, I Love Milk’ 2018. Office of Public Works Collection, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

This painting was in my Degree Show ‘Evocations’ and was purchased by the OPW as a result. I am interested in who we represent ourselves within our own environment through saturated colours, layered elements and our experiences. 


Exhibitions, Publications and Social Media



‘601 Days’ (June 2020) online group exhibition, Berlin Opticians Gallery.

‘Bingo’ (5th – 9th June 2019) Berlin Opticians Gallery group show.

City Assembly House, Dublin

‘Wish Me a Wonder’ (11th May – 30th June 2019) Berlin Opticians group show.

Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford.

‘Evocations’ (March 2019) Online Exhibition with Berlin Opticians.

‘Berlin Opticians Gallery launch and Group Exhibition’ (18th - 20th October 2019).

63 Merrion Square, Dublin.

‘Emerging Artists Exhibition’ (10th Sep till 2nd Nov 2018)

St Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin.


‘Objects and Images Student Exhibition’ (Aug 2018 – Feb/Mar 2018)

51st & Green Lounge, Terminal 2 (Airside), Dublin Airport


The Sunday Independent, ‘What Lies Beneath: Times That Have Been and Gone by Emma Hayes’, Niall MacMonagle 2018.

After seeing my NCAD Degree show, I was asked to do an interview about my painting ‘Times That Have Been and Gone’ 2018 and my journey so far by Niall MacMonagle.



All available on request.

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