Roisin Downey graduated from Crawford College of Art & Design in 2017. Her awards include two CIT Purchase Prizes and one piece was purchased by the Office of Public Works (OPW) for the State Collection.
Her work is inspired by the short stories of novelist Kevin Barry that capture the dark humour and blunt nature of the people of rural Ireland. "The idyllic rural Ireland from childhood memories can still be found in some pockets of the countryside. The paintings both provide comfort and longing for the past in the assurance that the Ireland captured in paint will never change. However, its aim is also to confront the viewer with the reality of a rapidly changing modern Ireland" said Roisin.