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Theo McNab

Born in Dublin in 1940, he is a self-taught painter, known principally for abstract, minimalist landscapes. Solo exhibitions include the David Hendriks Gallery (1973, 75, 80) and the Cork Arts Society Gallery (1976). He represented Ireland at the Cagnes-sûr-Mer painting festival in 1975, and has participated in group shows in California, England, Italy, Germany, Japan and China. He won the Living Art Exhibition's Carroll's Award in 1971, the Waterford Glass Painting Prize in 1973, and the Scott Tallon Walker Prize at the Oireachtas Exhibition in 1976. He was the head of fine arts at the National College of Art & Design from 1988 to 2000.

6 July 2015 Aosdána mourns the death of Theo McNab.
The membership of Aosdána has greeted the news of the death of Theo McNab with great sadness.A much loved and esteemed colleague Theo was a founder member of Aosdána and had generously devoted his time to the Toscaireacht for many years. His multi-award winning, rigorous minimalist paintings were exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad and he represented Ireland at the Cagnes Sûr Mer International Art Festival in 1975. An inspirational educationalist and Professor of Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design his influence is acknowledged by many visual artists working today. We extend our sincere sympathy to Sue McNab and to all of Theo’s family at this sad time.

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