A native of Dublin, Sheila Naughton is an Honours graduate of NCAD and Ecole Cantonale des Beaux Arts et d'Arts Appliquées, Lausanne, Switzerland. Having worked in industry and education for over twenty five years, Sheila is now a full-time artist.
Sheila was awarded a residency at The Custom House Studios and Gallery in Westport in 2010. This experience was pivotal in developing her interest in contemporary abstract drawing and resulted in her first solo exhibition Chiaroscuro there in 2011. Lightspill, a solo exhibition at the invitation of The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh was held in 2016.
Group exhibitions include the Royal Hibernian Academy’s Annual Exhibitions, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020; Cairde Visual at The Model, Sligo, 2017, 2019; GOMA open submission exhibitions in Waterford, 2017, 2019; Dunamaise Open, 2017, 2018, 2019, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise; VUE at the RHA with The Olivier Cornet Gallery, Dublin, 2017, 2018, 2019; The Lavit Gallery Members Exhibition, 2018 with a mention by Cristin Leach in the Sunday Times; Christmas at the Lavit in 2019; The Summer Show, SO Fine Art, Dublin, 2019; Drawing on Don Quixote, a themed exhibition organised by Olivier Cornet in conjunction with Wexford Opera Festival 2019, Wexford Opera House.
Two person shows included Striae, with Hugh Cummins at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin in 2017 and Hinterland a collaboration with poet/writer Alison Hackett at Eblana House, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin in 2019. Elegy, a two person show with Lorraine Cleary was held at at the Custom House Gallery in Westport in 2020. The work for ‘Elegy’ took transience as its theme. “The beauty of the world hath made me sad, this beauty that will pass” (Padraig Pearse). The exhibition was selected for Critics Choice in the the Irish Times cultural supplement ‘The Ticket’ by Aidan Dunne
In 2020, work was selected for Hualabhoig Open, Uig, Outer Hebrides, Scotland and for The Lavit Gallery members Open Submission. A group exhibition 6 took place at Kilfane Glebe House Studio in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny with a review by Catherine Marshall, senior art curator, in the Nov/Dec issue of the Visual Artists Ireland magazine. Work was selected for Water an online exhibition selected by Sean Larkin and organised by ArtNetDLR in Dublin and for Westival, Westport, Co. Mayo. Most recently, she was selected as one of nine participants for the 9 Walls exhibition at the Hyde Bridge Gallery in Sligo in November 2020.
Italian art curator Valeria Ceregini, invited Sheila to be interviewed as part of her project JournAll on the theme of the Covid 19 lockdown.
Sheila has been selected for a Residency at The Heinrich Böll cottage on Achill Island in 2020.
Sheila is an associate artist at The Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin and her work has recently been purchased by the OPW for the State Collection. A selection of work is available at the gallery. Some work may also be seen at the Lavit Gallery in Cork.