Christopher Banahan was awarded a first class honours B.A. Degree, from Nottingham Trent University in 1981, and received an M.A. in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 1984. He was awarded a Rome Award in Painting scholarship to the British School of Rome 1990 and also obtained an M.A. in Production & Direction from the Huston film school of digital media NUIG Galway in 2013.
He represented Ireland internationally, in exhibitions such as ‘Metaphor for Ireland; Paintings, Poetics and the old Sod, Boston University, U.S.A, in 1997 and ‘Contemporary art from Ireland‘ European Central Bank, Frankfurt, 2005.
He had 4 Solo exhibitions with the Hallward gallery, Dublin,
2 with the Jo rain gallery, Dublin,
3 Solo exhibitions with the Sue Williams gallery, London,
2 with the Barbara Stanley gallery, London,
2 Solo Exhibitions with the Norman Villa Gallery, Galway
1 solo with the Kenny Gallery, Galway ‘Galway 4040/Remains of us’ in 2017
1 solo exhibition ‘ Recent Paintings ’ British School at Rome 1990.
Other Solo exhibitions include:
Belltable arts centre, Limerick, The Model arts centre, Clonmel, The Linenhall Arts centre, Castlebar, The Russell gallery, Co. Clare, The Courthouse Gallery, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ormond Multi-media Centre, Dublin, the Harrison Gallery, Dublin and the Oldknows gallery, Nottingham.
He also exhibited with numerous open selected exhibitions including; EV+A Lmerick 1995 & 98, RUA Open 2017, RHA Annual 1996, 98, 2007 , Iontas 1995 T0 2004, COE 1995 to 2012, Zurich Art prize finalist’s exhibition, National gallery of Ireland 2019. In London; The spirit of London, Royal festival hall, 1982, 84, The Camden annual, Camden arts centre, 1982, 84, 86, The riverside Open, Riverside Studios 1987 and The Whitechapel Open 1984.
Also group exhibitions include the Turner Carrol gallery, Santa Fe, U.S.A, The Period Gallery, Nebraska USA, 141 gallery, Shang Hi, China, the Mappin gallery, Sheffield, Nottingham castle Museum, the Manchester Academy, the 126 Gallery, Galway, Ormston House, Limerick, The Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, the Doorway gallery, Dublin, the Kenny gallery, Galway, the Norman Villa gallery, Galway and the Russell Gallery, Co. Clare.