About Holly Somerville, Botanical Artist


Holly has held several successful solo exhibitions in Ireland and exhibited in many group exhibitions including the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, the Ulster Museum and the Kennedy Gallery. Her work has been collected by The National Trust, and Trinity College, Dublin. She is a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, County Mayo.

For some years she was based in the herbarium of the Botany Department of Trinity College, Dublin, and was commissioned to draw new illustrations for the 7th edition of David Webb’s ‘An Irish Flora’. She has done extensive botanically correct pen and ink drawings for researchers at Trinity College and other universities around the world. These drawings have been published as illustrations in papers for various scientific journals.



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Graduate Studies Department, Trinity College, Dublin
The National Trust, Rowallane House, Saintfield, County Down, Northern Ireland
A&L Goodbody Solicitors, IFSC, Dublin
The Ulster Independent Clinic, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ballinglen Museum of Contemporary Art, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo


2018, 2017, 2016 Water Colour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition

2018, 2017 (gold medal) 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Botanical Art in Bloom

2018 Art in the Garden Exhibition, Burtown House, Athy, County Kildare

2017 Royal Horticultural Society Exhibition, Malvern, UK (silver medal)

2016, 2015, 2013, 2011 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition

2016 Plandaí Oidreachta, Irish Heritage Plants, National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin

2016 Art in the Garden Exhibition, Tourin House, County Waterford

2016 New Little Habitats, Ballydorn, County Down, Northern Ireland

2015, 2013 Galway Garden Festival Botanical Art Exhibition, Claregalway Castle

2014 Aibitir: the Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

2010 Grangecon Cafe, Blessington, Co. Wicklow (solo)

2001 The Garden House, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow (solo)

1999 The Kennedy Gallery, Dublin (solo)

1999 Exhibition of National Trust Paintings, Ulster Museum, Belfast

1996 Royal Ulster Academy Summer Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast

1996 Artists’ Day on Botanical Illustration, Botany Department, Oxford University, UK

1995 The Bay Tree Gallery, Holywood, Co Down (solo)

1994 Malone House Summer Exhibition, Belfast


2015 Cill Rialaig Artists’ Retreat, Ballinskelligs, County Kerry

2004, 2003 Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, County Mayo