Gillian Kenny Shinnors was born in the south west of Ireland in Limerick. She studied painting at the Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating top of her class with a first class honours degree and then completed her MFA at the University of Ulster, Belfast. She was awarded the Countess Markievich medal for painting by the United Arts Club Dublin during her student days.
She has exhibited her work regularly at venues such as EV+A, the Hunt, and Limerick Printmakers, and the Lab Foley Street Dublin. Gillian completed a large-scale solo exhibition curated by Mike Fitzpatrick at Limerick City Gallery entitled “A Place to Stay” in 2008. She has also exhibited her paintings at the Spectrum Gallery London, The Phatory New York, and the Engine Gallery Toronto. Her work is also held in private collections all over the world. She has been involved in many social practice and community projects over the years including the Arts Council, Artist in Prison Scheme.
She now lives in her native city and works from her Studio at Vereker Gardens Her work has been described by Irish Times Critic Aidan Dunne as ‘crisply and expertly painted.’