Kevin Sharkey

Kevin Sharkey, Ireland's most successful artist, is renowned for his bold contemporary paintings, with over 10,000 sold globally. His works are featured in major galleries in London, Dublin, and soon New York. Kevin Sharkey is part of the Mel Sutcliff Collection, alongside Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.

Selected Works


Ireland's homes interiors and living

‘‘Ireland's most exciting and collectable artist’’

Sunday Independent (UK)

‘‘ It's as if he paints with his soul ’’

Sunday times money section

‘‘ Bank on this artist ’’

Irish Arts review

‘‘ Critically acclaimed and sought after ’’

Sunday tribune magazi

‘‘ Ireland's most bankable artist ’’

SKY News

‘‘A brush with genius’’


‘‘ Most intriguing person ’’


Born in Dublin in 1962 and raised in Donegal, Kevin Sharkey, a self-taught artist celebrated for his vibrant art, has lived in Dublin, London, Ireland, and Spain. Hot Press hailed him as "Ireland’s first art superstar," acknowledging his appeal to global collectors. Sharkey's early creative outlet was Irish dancing, winning him over 30 medals. Over the past 14 years, his career has spanned various roles from a fisherman to a songwriter for notable acts like Boney M and Bob Geldof, and even as a nude model for David Bailey.

As Ireland’s pioneering non-White TV presenter on RTE's MegaMix and a guest on "Father Ted," Sharkey's diverse talents have made him a significant figure in Irish media. His art and rise to fame were the focus of a 2005 RTE documentary, capturing attention at his homes in Ibiza and Dublin. The Sunday Times and Irish Arts Review have remarked on his art's investment potential, noting a 400% increase in value over three years.

Sharkey's "Dreamscapes" exhibition in 2005 featured alongside Irish art legends such as Tony O'Malley, Louis Le Brocquy, and Jack B. Yeats, establishing him further in the art world. Kevin Sharkey is also part of the Mel Sutcliff Collection, alongside Pablo Picasso, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. Both his galleries feature exclusively his work, one in Dublin, Ireland and the other in Westbourne Grove, London.

His "Moolah" creation for charity showcases his innovative approach. The charity showcases never happened, and Moolah has since gone missing! Any information leading to the capture of Moolah will be rewarded with a €5000 voucher for the Sharkey Galleries.


Artist Kevin Sharkey: ‘The guy on the other line said, “Oh, not another f**king one” – turns out I had 15 brothers and sisters’View ⟶
Kevin Sharkey reflects on his bold artworks and Ireland’s multicultural eraView ⟶
How I Manage My Money: Artist who made £13.4m last year after previously being homelessView ⟶


Sharkey Gallery London

118c Westbourne grove,London, W112RR
Opening HoursMon - Wed, Appointment onlyThurs - Sun, 11am - 5pm+353(85)1637823

Sharkey Gallery Dublin

Royal Hibernian WayDawson St, Dublin, D02HP82
Opening HoursMon - Sun, 11am - 5pm+353(85)1637823


If you would like to enquire about a painting or would like to request a commission, please contact me on +353 (85) 242 4866 or email me on:

Gift Certificates

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