Francis O'Toole

About the Artists:

Francis O’Toole is a Dublin based artist, who has studied in Florence, ItalyAt the age of seventeen Francis O' Toole was involved in a near-fatal industrial accident. Over a year in hospital and rehabilitation knocked him off course and he became confused about what path to take in life. Out of concern for her son Francis’s mother suggested he take up painting. At first he was resistant, but he slowly began to work from his imagination. His work initially showed in a gallery in Dublin and in London, however having never formally studied art he decided to travel to Italy where he studied classical techniques at the Academy of Fine Art.
After fours year intermittent study in Florence, Francis O'Toole returned to Dublin. In addition to his representation by Sol Art in Dublin Dublin, his work has been shown in New York, Norway, London, Belfast and Florence, and is in private and public collections worldwide. 
In 2014 he showed in the annual exhibition of the RHA where he received the E.S.B Sean Keating Award for Outstanding Painting. He has also recently received the Royal Ulster Academy's Art Collectors Prize and the The L. Cornellissen & Son Award at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, London.



  • 2017 The Rothschild Gold Medal
  • 2016 Conor prize for best figurative work in any media, RUA
  • 2014 ESB Sean Keating award for outstanding painting
  • 2013 The L. Cornellissen & Son award at the Royal Institute of Oil painters London. Showing at the Mall Gallerys, London
  • 2011 The Don Niccolò d’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal and Award
  • 2010 The Don Niccolò d’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal and Award
  • 2008/2009 Davy ‘s Portrait Award


Exhibitions and Shows 

  • 2016-RHA Annual Show
  • 2015 In Profile-Joint Show-Sol Art Gallery
  • 2015 Art Source- RDS-Dublin, Ireland ,Sol Gallery
  • 2014 R.D.S Arts and Antiques show - Dublin, Ireland ,Sol Gallery
  • 2014 Mall Galleries - London , England
  • 2013 Mall Galleries -London, England
  • 2013 Exhibited in the Oriel Gallery – Dublin, Ireland
  • 2012 R.U.A show - Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2012 Sol Art Gallery winter show – Dublin, Ireland
  • 2012 R.D.S Arts and Antiques show - Dublin, Ireland
  • 2011 R.D.S. Arts and Antiques show – Dublin, Ireland
  • 2010 Villa Bardini, Florence – Annigoni’s Legacy Group Show
  • 2010 R.D.S. Art and Antiques show – Dublin, Ireland
  • 2009 Angel Academy Exhibition – Florence, Italy
  • 2008 / 2009 Slected for the DAVY portrait Awards (Belfast/Dublin
  • 2008 Comtemporary Irish Art, Orlando Festival of the Masters – Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
  • 2008 R.H.A (Dublin) slected to exhibit at members Annual Group show
  • 2008 Angel Academy Exhibition –Florence, Italy
  • 2008 Cherrylane Fine Arts – Summer show/Winter (Dublin)
  • 2008 Afferato l’IDEA Chiesa St James – Florence, Italy
  • 2008 Invited to exhibit works alongside World famous artist Odd Nerdrum – Stavern, Norway
  • 2007 Jack Barclay Bentley, Berkeley Square, London – 10th Year Anniversary of the Angel Academy of Art
  • 2007 Cherrylane Fine Arts – Summer / Winter shows Cherrylane Fine Arts – Art Fair, Dublin
  • 2006 Academy Exhibition – Florence, Italy
  • 2006 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow -Summer /Winter Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow - Art Fair Dublin
  • 2005 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow – Summer / Winter Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow – Art Fair, Dublin
  • 2004 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow -Summer / Winter