b. Duleek, Co. Meath 1916 d. Stamullen, Co. Meath 1995
Works   |   Exhibitions featuring Simon Coleman RHA
Simon Coleman was born near Drogheda in the village of Duleek, County Meath, the son of the local postman. He trained at the Dublin Metropolitan School becoming a pupil of Sean Keating. In his early carreer, he was awarded several prestigious commissions, including 'The Council of State', a painting in the collection of Aras an Uachtarain (President's House), Phoenix Park, Dublin depicting the first meeting of President Hyde's Council of State. It was noted at the time that then Taoiseach Eamon DeValera was unhappy with the choice of Coleman, aparently favouring Sean O'Sullivan. Coleman also exhibited locally during the 1940s and 1950s at the Drogheda Library. He was elected to the RHA,however, due to illness and possibly a sense that his work had dated appeared to be frustrated in later life. He also worked a folklore collector with the Folklore Commission and thaught art.
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