Ben Hennessy

Ben is a Painter and Theatre maker from Waterford. He studied at the Waterford School of Art and The National College of Art, Dublin (1st class hons Degree in Painting) and at the San Francisco Academy of Art University (postgraduate scholarship).

His first Solo exhibition was in 1981 and since then has exhibited in London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin, Waterford and around Ireland. His work is included in many Public and Private collections. His most recent solo show was Boat in Goma, 2017.

Described as “A powerful painter” by Sean Scully, Ben uses “Images in his work which reflect a human ambition to strive higher, to stretch the imagination to the limits where man’s creative spirit is a triumphant part of how he lives” Sheila Pratschke. 

Ben also has designed over 80 theatre sets, written 14 plays and an Opera for Children, directed over 30 productions and continues to deliver Art and Theatre Workshops for children and adults. Ben lives with his wife and four children in Annestown, County Waterford.