Irish Artist Poppy Melia in her studio in Ireland

About Poppy Melia

Born in 1966, Irish artist, Poppy Melia graduated in 1989 from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Following that, Poppy spent a year painting while travelling around the Polynesian Islands, with her mother Pauline Bewick and her sister Holly Melia, also artists. Poppy’s first solo exhibitions, in the Rubicon Gallery, Dublin, and the Catto Gallery, London, were both hugely successful.

Poppy has travelled extensively, around Europe, Turkey, Nepal, America, New Zealand, and China. Since early childhood she has spent many summers in Tuscany, where her family have an old farm house. While her main inspiration comes from the countryside around her home in Kerry, each of her sojourns abroad has provided new impetus.

Poppy paints in a stylised and highly detailed manner. While her smallest pieces may take a month, the larger ones can take up to a year to complete and are very often booked before they are finished.

Poppy married Conor Mulvihill in 1995; they and their two sons live in Kerry beside the MacGillycuddy Reeks amongst mountains, lakes and sea.


1990 - The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
1991 - The Catto Gallery, London
1992 - The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin
1993 - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney
1995 - The Catto Gallery, London
1996 - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney
1998 - Lavitt Gallery, Cork
2000 - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney
2004 - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney

Mixed Exhibitions

1991 - The Royal College of Art, London
1992 – Irish Life, Dublin “Through Kerry Eyes”
1992 – Royal Hibernian Academy, Annual Exhibition
1993 - The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin “The Christmas Show”
1994 - The Rubicon Gallery, Dublin “ Generations”
1995 - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney “Summer Show”
1995 - Royal Hibernian Academy, “Banquet Exhibition”
1995 - Frank Lewis Gallery, Killarney, “Christmas Show”
1995 - The Bin Ban Gallery, Tralee, “Christmas Show”
1997 - Siamsa Tire, “Friends of Tralee Hospital”, charity show
1999 - Royal Hibernian Academy, Annual Exhibition
1999 - Cill Rialigh, “Female Artists working in Kerry”
2000 - Lavitt Gallery, Cork, CASe 2000
2000 - Bank of Ireland Arts Centre
2004 - Lavitt Gallery, Cork, “Summer Show”

Since 2004 Poppy Melia has not had exhibitions as all her works have sold prior to or on completion. Her work hangs in private and public collections around Europe, the U.S.A. and South Africa.