David is a native of Ennis, Co. Clare. He is qualified as a graduate of Sculpture from the National College of Art and Design.

He has been working as a professional Artist for the past 20 years.  He is a multidisciplinary artist who works with drawing, painting, large scale murals, video installation and small scale sculpture in bronze and plaster as well as the use of found objects. 

rish Artist David O'Rourke in action painting an image of Australia


David’s inspiration comes from both the muted greys of the Irish landscape and the intense colour and light of Australia.

His work can be considered postmodern- recycling and appropriating past styles in a modern day context.

His work can vary from tongue-in-cheek social commentary, to the intensely personal.


David has exhibited extensively in his native county of Clare. He has also exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably in the Courthouse gallery Ennistymon, The Hunt Museum Limerick, the Shoalhaven City Gallery N.S.W Australia. 

David’s work hangs proudly in homes around the world- from South Africa to Iceland, from the Czech Republic and the USA.

david signing photo print

Arts Development

David has also been involved in almost all aspects of art locally; from setting up Artist’s collectives to the development and running of The Ennis Fringe Festival.

He has also worked extensively as an educator with local schools, with charities such as Enable Ireland, and is currently working with Clare Local Development Company.

As featured in

CK Gallery Australia Logo
Ennis Fringe Festival Logo
Shaolhaven Regional Gallery Nowra Logo
Visual Artists Ireland Logo


I have bought alot of prints and a few original paintings from Dave over the years. So many in fact, that I now have more than one “Wall of Dave” in my house. The Artefacts print series marches up my stairs to my landing- understated framed prints of pristine observation- black, whites and greys. In the living room, Ennis Friary dominates the Ennis skyline of meandering blues and greens. What I love most about having Dave’s work on my walls is the way the carefully observed still life print sits comfortably alongside the bright colours of the bigger, sometimes abstract canvas.
Man looking at mountain view
Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

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