Martin Mooney was born in 1960 in Belfast. He studied art at the University of Ulster’s Faculty of Art and Design, got an Honours Degree in fine art at the Brighton College of Art and Design, and attended a postgraduate course at the Slade School of Fine Art, in London.
Mooney has won numerous awards, including the ‘Richard Ford Award’ from the Royal Academy (RA) in 1985.
Martin Mooney’s paintings have been exhibited at a variety of solo shows and exhibitions in Dublin, Belfast, Toronto, Barcelona, London and Cyprus, including numerous Royal Hibernian Academy* (RHA) exhibitions, and a recent highly successful show at the Portland Gallery in London (2004).
He specializes in landscapes and still life paintings. Working in oils on panels and canvas, Mooney frequently paints in the tradition of the plein-air or outdoor Barbizon landscape school and/or Impressionism, capturing landscapes in a variety of locations in Ireland and overseas. Having lived in Spain for several years, he is also influenced by the noted Spanish landscape artists.
In addition to his outdoor artistry, Mooney is equally capable of producing more deliberate and highly detailed studio works in the tradition of the seventeenth and eighteenth century Dutch and Flemish Old Masters.
He lives and works in Donegal.