En Plein Air Painting, Curracloe Beach, Wexford, Ireland, July 2019

Michael Heffernan

Michael was born in Dublin, Ireland and graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 1974. He was awarded a full merit scholarship to NCAD, followed by a national competitive design award for a one-year residency scholarship at the Kilkenny Design Workshop, located in the historic Ormond castle grounds in Kilkenny, Ireland.  Upon graduation coupled with experience at Kilkenny in ceramics and industrial design, he went on to win a national design scholarship award in industrial design to study for a Master of Arts in Industrial Design at Birmingham Polytechnic, now the University of Central England. Following several years in industry as a senior product designer and manager, he was appointed to a lifetime tenure position at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland as Lecturer in visual Comminutions.


Since moving the United States in 1987, he spent most of his career in “C” level positions in IT, healthcare technology, biomedical and related industries. His design experience is extensive, spanning product design, packaging design, exhibition design, tableware and oven to table ware product design, domestic and household appliances, graphic design and branding, interior design; culminating in leading many innovative initiatives in multiple industries since moving to the USA.


Since retirement in 2018, Michael now has the time to devote his full-time creative energy as a visual artist, working from his studio at the Artisan Resource Center, Marietta, a northern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.  He is resident artist at RobertKent Galleries, Marietta, Georgia, exhibiting new works monthly. He has completed many commissioned works and jury accepted in numerous art exhibits.


Michael has exhibited in GA, FL and NC. He is exhibiting at Sol Art Gallery, Dublin Ireland where he is represented exclusively. His work will be exhibited at the Royal Dublib Society Art Fair in Decemmber and in Cork later in December, 2019. He will also be represented in London in March and April, 2020. New works are currently underway for his upcomming solo exhibit at Sol Art Gallery in April 2020.


Gallery Representation 

United States:

Artist in Residence at RobertKent Galleries, 85 Church St. Marietta, GA – P. (770) 630-7193

Ireland & UK

Exclusive Representation in Ireland & United Kingdom

Sol Art Gallery, Unit 3, The Times Building, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 Ireland +353 1 6750972


Award Winner 2018 Dogwood Exhibit, Atlanta Artist Center Grandview Gallery, May 6th – May 24th

Award for one of my three paintings, “Nightfall on the Pamlico” 

Juried selected in 2018 Power Lines Exhibition, The Atlanta Artist Center Grandview Gallery, May 27th – July 29th

Wilde Hope Art Gallery, Alpharetta, GA – WOW x 6 Exhibit, September 22 – October 6, 2018


Jury Selected Fall Arts Festival on Ponce, Atlanta, October 20, 21

Two Man Show, Wild Hope Art Gallery, Opening October 27th

Jury selected Chastain Park Arts Festival, Atlanta, November 3, 4

Artist in Residence, RobertKent Galleries, Marietta, GA. Featured artist at the monthly ArtWalk Exhibit presenting new works monthly.


Highlighted Artist

Juried in and Highlighted Artist in the 8th Annual Coconut Point New Years Eave Art Festival, Florida.

December 29th – 30th


Featured Artist at the Strand Theater, Marietta Square, GA. Summer of 2109.

Representation by  Sol Art Gallery Dublin, Ireland with exclusive representation in Ireland and United Kingdom.