Chris McMorrow Artist Biography

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The Artist

Welcome to the world of Chris Mc Morrow, an artist based in Dublin, Ireland. Specializing in vibrant oil and acrylic paintings of street scenes, cafes and pubs, Chris' work captures the nostalgic romanticism of the city's evening and nighttime atmosphere. Often featuring a couple as the focal point, his paintings evoke a sense of warmth and intimacy that resonates with viewers.

Check out the hundreds of customer five star reviews showing the popularity of his paintings and prints; Chris's work is one of the most sought-after in the country. As well as Dublin-themed paintings, he has also painted scenes of Cork, Kerry, Limerick, and Waterford, and the landscapes and cityscapes of Italy and France. His vast selection of limited edition art prints are available for purchase on the website.

Chris is also available for commissions and special requests, providing customers with personalized artwork that is unique and meaningful. His corporate clients include Irish Rail, Irish Distillers and Jameson Whiskey, demonstrating his ability to create artwork that meets the specific needs of each client.

Corporate Clients:

  • Iarnrod Eireann - Limited edition painting of the Enterprise train for the inauguration of its service - the original presented to Minister for Enterprise, Mary O’Rourke.

  • Also provided paintings of Dublin’s Heuston and Connolly Stations, presented to then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Minister Seamus Brennan.

  • Easons of O’Connell Street commissioned 6 large pencil portraits to adorn the walls of their Muse Café.

  • South African EmbassyAmbassador, Pierre Dietrechsen, chose six Dublin scenes to hang in the Embassy at Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin.

  • Hartford Life Insurance of Minnesota, U.S.A., - original and limited edition paintings of Dublin and London as awards to their top salespeople.

  • South Western Area Health Board - several paintings for the Naas offices 

  • Health and Safety Authority – paintings for their offices on James Joyce Street, Dublin.

  • Department of Education/ Tyrone House complex on Marlborough Street, Dublin – original painting and limited edition prints.

  • Commissioned painting for Butlers Chocolates to illustrate an upcoming new 'keepsake' product.

  • Commissioned by Irish Distillers/ Jameson to paint two large popular Dublin Pubs for retiring CEO's.

  • Limited edition prints for Nursing and Care Homes including :
    • Carechoice - Swords, Northern Cross, Marlay and Parnell Road
    • The Brabazon Trust, Sandymount
    • St. John's House, Dublin 4
    • Beechlawn, Drumcondra. 

Painting Slices of City Life by Chris McMorrow 

"I guess the core of what I try to capture in my paintings is to portray the light and its effects on the landscape or cityscape and places we see around us, be they real or artificial. I draw inspiration from my native city, Dublin, Ireland, and have always been drawn to painting the pubs, bars and cafes, the wet streets, with couples linking arm in arm or lovers under umbrellas dodging the rain ..... and certainly with my Dublin street scenes I attempt to create a dynamic, contrasting the warm oranges and yellow colours of the doorways and windows with the cool blue and mauve rainy streets outside, such that the viewer might be tempted inside …. be it for a coffee or a pint or a browse ..... it’s a kind of nostalgic, romantic look at Dublin and other places, drawn from the memories I have of knocking off work in town at half past five on a rainy evening and maybe slipping in to a pub for a sneaky pint before getting the bus home for dinner and my mother’s cooking …….. and sometimes ending up running with my umbrella for the last bus !!"
Chris McMorrow - Artist