Gráinne Mulligan is a visual artist who lives and works in Dublin and has just completed her BA in Fine Art, Paint at NCAD, Dublin. She works in Mixed media, such as Paint, Print, Photography and Video. Her recent work has explored the concept of an ‘absent presence’, the individual in isolation, living a dual existence, mediated through digital communication.

She is a 2021 recipient of the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award.

Gráinne Mulligan



2019- 2021: National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

BA (Hons) in Fine Art Paint  

2015-2016: National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

Diploma in Art and Design (Part Time) 

2014-2015: National College of Art and Design (NCAD)

NUI Certification Drawing and Visual Investigation (Evening)

2003-2004: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (DLIADT)

First Year Evening Degree in Visual Practice.

(Posted to Geneva in September 2004.On return the Evening Degree was no longer in place)

2002-2003: Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (DLIADT)

Certificate in Visual Practice

Other Educational Qualifications/Courses

2020: MOMA/Coursera – Certificate in Post War Abstract Painting

2015-2017: Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School MSc in Business

Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA)

  • 2018 January to May: Mentored Painting Classes 
  • 2018 September to December: Foundation in Painting and Drawing 1
  • 2019 January to April: Foundation in Painting and Drawing 2 

RHA  Masterclasses 

  • David Hedderman: 30-31 March  2019
  • Gabhann Dunne: 2-3 March,2019 
  • Gareth Reid: 17-18 November, 2018  
  • Cian Mc Loughlin: 10-11 November,2018 
  • Mollie Douthit: 6-7 October,2018 
  • Jennifer Trouton: February 2018

Exhibitions/Group exhibitions

2021:‘Positives: Painting in the Pandemic’; Online Exhibition NCAD/NTMA, Dublin, Ireland.

2017: NCAD CEAD Exhibition*

2016: NCAD CEAD Exhibition*

2015: NCAD CEAD Exhibition*

2004: DLIADT Annual Exhibition

2003: DLIADT Annual Exhibition

  • Assisted with and Invigilated at Exhibitions


The 5pm Collective


 July 2021: Burren College of Art Residency 



Key influences in the artistic practice of  Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, explored in the context of their art, their relationships and their identity.


  • State Collection (OPW, 2021)
  • Work in Private Collections including in Los Angeles