John McHarg

John is a visual artist and Art Therapist, who graduated the Cork School of Art in 1974. John received the Albrecht Durer Award for graphics and established Reliance Printing Press in 1974, from where he published prints and wood/lino cuts of both his own work, and the work of other artists.


John has exhibited nationally and internationally for over thirty years. His solo shows include exhibitions at the Triskel Arts Centre Cork, Crawford Art Gallery and The Searson Gallery in Midleton. He has been selected for international group shows, including ‘Irish Art Now’ Turin, Italy; ‘Drawing Eire’ Shanghai, China; ‘Drawing Connections’ Sienna, Italy. John’s selected national group shows include ‘EVA+’ Limerick City Art Gallery and ‘The James Joyce Centenary’ in Dublin. He has also participated in various arts festivals including Galway Arts Festival and Cork MidSummer Festival, and shown in several Cork galleries including Sirius Arts Centre, The Lavit Gallery, Gallery 44, The Vision Centre and Tig Fili.

Having always been drawn to the experience of collaboration, John has worked with other artists, poets, writers, musicians and performance artists, creating broadsheets, posters, vinyl sleeves on numerous projects, always exploring their shared interests. John has also worked as artist in residence in various health care settings, and as an art tutor in Youthreach settings. These experiences developed an interest in art therapy, leading John to qualify as an Art Therapist in 2005.

Since then John has worked full time as Art Therapist with the HSE, while also continuing his own art practice. John is always working with various community groups and oversees a wide range of projects in his local area of East Cork.

You can see some of John’s more recent projects with long-term collaborator visual artist Marie Brett using the links below:

Torpedo with Marie Brett

Reverie+ Nemeton with Marie Brett

Shadow Traders with Marie Brett