About The Artist


Gráinne graduated IADT 1979, joined GSD shortly after, and furthered studies in lithography with a Fulbright Scholarship to Tamarind Institute, New Mexico in 1984.

Visiting Boston Museum Fine Arts she fell for the etchings of James McNeill Whistler. After 2 years at Central St.Martin's, London, Postgrad Printmaking with Norman Ackroyd as her teacher she began making etchings using Ackroyd's dictum: 'You can get all the colour you want with black ink and white paper'. Cuffe disagreed.

Influences: Norman Ackroyd, Georgia O'Keefe, Richard Serra, Henry Moore, Bauhausian principles; working in studios in California, London, Milan, Sweden, Dublin.

Images 'not strictly botanical' are mostly square in composition.

'The monumental prescence of each flower head ...... - their colour,their structure,their design,their rythmic form is carefully distilled and presented. ' Dr.Angela Griffith, Trinity College Dublin, [2017].



  • Glór,Ennis: April 2018
  • Graphic Studio Gallery: June 2017
  • Blue House Gallery: August 2016, 2015
  • Graphic Studio Gallery: May 2014
  • Gráinne was invited to show at the RUA,Belfast 2017/18 and shows regularily at the RHA, Dublin and RA,London.


  • Arts Council of Ireland;
  • Hastings Hotels;
  • Hilton Hotels;
  • Chester Beatty Library;
  • UCD,
  • TCD,
  • DCU,
  • UL,
  • Queens University Belfast,
  • Boston College
  • University of Note Dame,Indiana
  • Beamont Hospital,Dublin
  • Mater Dei Hospital, Dublin
  • St.Vincent's Hospital, Dublin
  • Connolly Hospital
  • Family Law Courts, Dublin
  • Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, [ main foyer] Dublin,


  • Hastings Hotel Group,
  • P&O Cruise Ship Oriana,
  • Fingal County Council
  • Graphic Studio Dublin

Writing About Grainne:

2011   D.O'Sullivan Graphic Supplies Ltd. Award for Work of Graphic Merit Watercolour Society of Ireland
2004   Danish Government Bursary to lecture and demo in Fyns Grafiske Vaerske,Odense
1995   Arts Council[Irl] Travel Bursary /Swedish Government Stipend to work,give talks,exhibit in Vastervik Print Studio,and Galerie Linjen 
1994   D.O'Sullivan Graphics Supplies Ltd. Award for Work of Graphic Merit
1986   Italian Government Scholarship to work in Grafico Uno,Milan, working under Master Printer Giorgio Upiglio
1984   Arts Council [Irl]  Grant
1984   Fulbright award to study lithography in the Tamarind Institute, University of New Mexico,USA