Curriculum Vitae

Michael O’Clery 
Curracoolenagh, Camp, Tralee, Co.Kerry

P: 066 7130005
M:087 9711519

Current Occupation
Wildlife Artist & Bird Illustrator.

I have been birding and painting for over 30 years, and during that time, as well as illustrating several major books on birds in Ireland, I have held a number of successful exhibitions of bird paintings throughout Ireland. My bird and wildlife paintings and illustrations have been published widely in a variety of books, magazines, websites and newspapers and I have been involved in many surveys, counts and publications on birdlife in Kerry and throughout Ireland. I continue to work with BirdWatch Ireland and other conservation groups on other major projects such as the national Bird Atlas project, the Countryside Bird Survey and the Kerry Barn Owl Survey.

Upcoming Exhibition

BirdWatch Ireland conference, 9th to 11th March, Radison BLU Hotel, Small Island, Cork. (For more info see HERE).

Major Exhibitions

Group Exhibition, 'Wild Ireland' - Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) Gallery, Co. Down. September 2011.

Solo Art Exhibition, Paintings from ‘The Complete Field Guide to Ireland’s Birds’, - Botanic Gardens, Dublin, November 2010. Some plates can be seen on this page HERE.

Solo Exhibition, ‘Birds of the West Coast’, Castle Espie Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) Gallery, Co. Down. August/September 2010.

Solo Art Exhibition, 'Barn Owls’  - Samhlaíocht Gallery, Lower Castle Street, Tralee, June 2009. See this page HERE for some of the paintings.

Group Art Exhibition, ‘White-tailed Eagles’ - Muckross Gallery, Killarney, June 2008. One of the paintings can be seen at the top of the home page HERE.

Solo Art Exhibition, 'Birds of Kerry' - Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, November 2007. 

Solo Art Exhibition - Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin, March 2005. 

Group Art Exhibition - Cappagh Hospital, Cappagh, Dublin, August 2003.

Solo Exhibition - Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarberry, Co.Cork, June 2003. 

Solo Exhibition - Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, April 2003. 

North-West Artists Exhibition - Sligo Art Gallery, November 1998. 

Artists for Nature Foundation - Guinness Hop Store, Dublin, April 1996. 

Artists for Nature Foundation - Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Wexford, October 1995. 

Bank of Ireland 'European Bird Artists' - Dublin 1993.

Works in Private Collections

Paintings are now in over fifty private collections in Ireland, Europe, Australia and the United States. Recent acquisitions are now in the collections of: Maeve Binchy, novelist; Albert Reynolds, Ireland's former Taoiseach (Prime Minister); Mary Banotti, Member of the European Parliament, Irish Presidential Candidate 1998; The Office of the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Related Publications

The Pocket Guide to the Common Birds of Ireland. Illustrator. Published by Gill & Macmillan, due March 2012. See this page HERE for more detail.

The Complete Field Guide to Ireland’s Birds. Illustrator. Published by Gill & Macmillan, October 2010. See this page HERE for more detail.

Finding Birds in Ireland, The Complete Guide. Illustrator and co-author. Published by Gill & Macmillan, 2007. See this page HERE for more detail.

The Complete Guide to Ireland’s Birds. Illustrator. Published by Gill & Macmillan, 1993, second edition, 2002. See this page HERE for more detail.

Compiler & author of Dingle Peninsula Bird Report, 2008-2011
Dingle Peninsula Bird Report, 2005-2007,
Dingle Peninsula Bird Report, 2002-2004 and 
Dingle Peninsula Bird Report, 1999-2000.
For more information on these, go to the Kerry Birding website HERE.

Some Major Recent Commissions and Illustrations

22 illustrations of birds for the new Interpretive Centre in the new Tralee Wetlands Centre, due to open in March 2012.

Dundalk Town Council. Two outdoor display boards depicting the birds and bildlife of Dundalk Bay. All design, layout and illustrations. 2010. See an example on this page HERE.

Roche Pharmaceutical, Co. Clare. Two large outdoor display boards depicting the birds and wildlife of the area. All design, layout and illustrations. October 2010.

Blackrock Tidy Towns Committee 2010. Two outdoor display boards depicting the birds of Blackrock, Co. Louth. All design, layout and illustrations. See an example on this page HERE.

Dundalk Town Council. Outdoor display boards depicting the Birds and sea life of the Sandycove, Co. Dublin. All design, layout and illustrations. 2010. See an example on this page HERE.

Golden Eagle TrustIllustrated school booklets on White-tailed and Golden Eagles, and Red Kites. November 2009.

24 illustrations depicting 'Autumn Wildlife', commissioned by the Irish Examiner newspaper for a nature booklet. August 2009. See some examples on this page HERE.

RPS Group. Three outdoor display panels depicting the Birds of Carlingford Lough. All design, layout and illustrations. July 2008. See an example on this page HERE.

11 outdoor display boards, illustrating birds of the Dingle Peninsula. Heritage Council, 2007. See an example on this page HERE.

Outdoor Display Board, illustrating birds of Dingle Harbour. Brian de Staic, 2006. Two 

Outdoor Display Boards, illustrating birds of Dingle Harbour. Dingle Harbourmaster, 2006. 

RTE Guide Shorebirds Poster. RTE, 2006. 25 paintings and CD cover for the 21st January 2006 issue. 

RTE Guide Dawn Chorus Poster. RTE, 2005. 40 paintings and CD cover for the May 14th 2005 issue. 

BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland's largest conservation organisation. 1994 to present.
Wildlife posters, magazine illustrations and several paintings used on corporate Xmas cards.

Millstreet Country Park, Co. Cork. 1995 to present. Park mural, paintings and outdoor panels showing all aspects of the park's natural and geological history.

Irish Whale & Dolphin Group. 2001 to present. Outdoor display boards and murals.

Other websites by Michael O'Clery