Micheál McKeown was born in Dromiskin, Co. Louth.
A mainly self-taught artist Micheál spent time studying portrait painting at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
Micheál has been a full-time artist and sculptor since retiring from engineering in PJ Carrolls in 1993.
As a talented draftsman and surveyor Micheál has designed and overseen many self-build developments. Additionally, he has fulfilled a substantial number of bespoke refurbishments for pubs and hotels throughout the country over the past 40 years.
He has exhibited widely, both as a solo artist and as part of group exhibitions, and has taught art classes in DKIT and Ardee Community School. He has worked through a variety of media, including bronze, marble, limestone, wood, terracotta and stainless steel.
Micheál has been awarded a number of roadside sculpture commissions. In the locality,
An Tarbh Donn known locally as “The Bull” is a ghostly depiction of the brown bull of Cooley, and can be seen guarding the town from the M1 on the Northbound lane at Balriggan townland.
Micheál’s local history knowledge also influenced his earlier work of An Táin, the stainless steel sculpture of
Chu Chulainn who stands proudly on The Táin bridge, protecting the locals at another northern entry route to the town.
In Ardee another of Micheál’s stainless steel sculptures The Fallen Warrior provides a protective, yet sombre emotion on the entry to the town.
Micheál who has lived in Blackrock, Co. Louth since 1990, has recently completed a commission for a sculpture on the main street.
Micheál is also a published historian and draws extensively on his knowledge as inspiration for some of his work.
His research on the Linn Duachaill Viking site at Annagassan preceded the archaeological dig in 2010 which was organised by himself, Dr.Mark Clinton and Dr.Eamonn P. Kelly former keeper of antiquities at the National Museum of Ireland.
Micheál received a postgraduate certificate from The National University of Ireland, Maynooth in 2014 and has completed extensive research into the history of Castle Roche and the de Verdon’s.
Examples of his work can be found in many public, corporate and private collections in Ireland, Europe, the UK and the USA.
Micheál is a keen traditional musician and Gaeilgeor. He has spent a life-time fascinated with the history, folklore and beauty that surrounds us in Co. Louth.
Given Miceal’s in-dept knowledge of local history and folklore he is also available for guided tours.OK
Video Courtesy of Chris Killingbeck