CorcoranBio             Dublin-born Terry Corcoran attended the

     National College of Art in the 60s.  While a student,

     he won awards in drawing at the Royal Dublin Society

     student show, and a Browne Thomas prize for stained

     glass.  After college he worked for the well-known

     Murphy Devitt stained glass studio, designing

     windows for churches and private homes.

       In 1969 he traveled to the U.S. and settled in

California.  There he continued in stained glass work as well as painting.  He also began

sculpting in wood, creating a series of sculptures called River Sticks.  Made from flat

boards, the artist describes them as “a waterfall from heaven to earth.”


            Terry returned to live in Ireland in 1991, making his home in Co. Wicklow. 

During the 1990s he continued sculpting in wood, creating a series of sculptures he refers

to as “the Heart of the Matter.”  He also developed a pigment made from the ash of turf, a

traditional source of fuel in Ireland that is still in use today.  He incorporated this pigment

into a large series of paintings based on the bog lands, and the ancient preserved human

remains that have been unearthed from them.  With these paintings Terry mounted a very

successful exhibition—“Excavations and Exchanges”—with his artist brother, Austin

Corcoran, at Webster University, St. Louis, in 1994, which was supported by the Irish

Department of Foreign Affairs. 


While living in Ireland, Terry exhibited regularly there, and completed a number

of stained glass commissions. His paintings reflect his ever-present, but lately growing

interest in the spirituality of creativity.  A highly successful exhibition in 2001 at the

Courthouse Arts Centre in Co. Wicklow was titled “Axis Mundi” for the mystical notion

of the unity of above and below, heaven and earth, soul and body.   Paintings made in

2005 and 2006 (“Windows” and “Simple Symbols”) were more directly symbolic rather

than imagistic or expressionistic, and explored the potential of the paintings and the

symbols they represent as objects of meditation, pathways to the divine.


In 2007 Terry moved back to the US.  That year he made a series of paintings

called “The Sète Set” which was inspired by a visit to Sète on the French Mediterranean

coast, home of Paul Valéry. The twelve paintings are each titled with a line from Valéry’s

poem “The Graveyard by the Sea” and were exhibited at the Sutton Loop Gallery in St. Louis.


            ‘Horizons’ was shown at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow,

Ireland, in 2009.   The ‘Formless Form’ paintings were exhibited at the Yoga Gallery

on Lafayette Square in St. Louis in 2010.  Tavern of Fine Arts in St. Louis was the

venue for the ‘Lacuna’ exhibition in 2012, and ‘Water-Fall’, a series of paintings and

poems (with Terry’s wife Sharon), in 2014. 


‘Water-Fall’ and a new series of watercolors called ‘Seasons’, will travel to Ireland in

2016 for the 20th anniversary exhibition series at the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely. 

Also this year, Terry was commissioned to make a painting, titled ‘The Jewel in the Crown’,

for the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in

St. Louis, which has collected a number of his works.


Terry moved to Colorado in July 2016.



                                                return to home page