An Irish Contemporary Artist in The American South


Michael Heffernan was born in Dublin, Ireland, and received a scholarship to the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) to study 3D design. Upon graduation, he won a national design scholarship award to attend graduate school for an MA in Industrial Design at Birmingham Polytechnic, England. His foundational education and experience allowed him the opportunity to work with some of Irelands’ best artists and designers.

He moved to the United States in the eighties to pursue his career in industrial design, settling in Atlanta to run an industrial design practice. While building his career and raising a family, he continued to paint occasionally leaning on his childhood love of painting and indeed the basis of his scholarship award to NCAD. Over the years he went on to lead many new technology and business initiatives as an entrepreneur returning to his love of painting as a full-time artist in 2018.

Today Michel works from his studio at the Artisan Resource Center in Marietta, North of the city of Atlanta. His works include abstract and contemporary landscape paintings, working in mixed media. Michael has exhibited in juried exhibits at the Granville Gallery as a member of the Atlanta Artist Center, he has shown  at RobertKent Galleries, Marietta, GA and was an artist in residence during 2019. He has exhibited at Sol Art Gallery, Dublin through 2020 and his work has been exhibited at international art fairs in London, England. In addition to group exhibits, his work “Cathartic Retrospection” an ongoing abstract expressionist body of work, is based on his poetry which started during the COVID lockdown of 2020/2021 and was shown at Mason Fine Art, Atlanta in November, and December 2020. He continues to explore the Poetry Series and integration of writing and painting. His work has been sold throughout the United States and sold to private collectors. His work was juried and accepted in the 2022 Metro Montage Annual Exhibition at Marietta Cobb Museam of Art, Marietta georgia.


“Synthesis” a solo exhibit in planned for January 2023 at the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, details to be announced in the Fall.


Mason Fine Art 

415 Plasters Avenue NE, #100, Atlanta GA 30324.

An Exhibition of Paintings and Poetry

Opening November 12, 2020 – January 31, 2021

Sol Art Gallery, Dublin Ireland.

Exclusive Representation in Ireland

Unit 3, The Times Building, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 Ireland.

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Juried Exhibit “Metro Montage XXII 22nd

Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Solo Exhibit. “Synthesis”, Wayfinding Through Visual and Poetic Language. A solo exhibit opening January 2023, details to be announced in the Fall.