Hughie O`Donoghue was born in 1953 in Manchester, England. His Mother was born in Mayo where he spent much time during his childhood. He graduated from Goldsmith College, London with an MA in Fine Art in 1982 and has gone on to gain an international reputation as a significant Contemporary Painter.He has had many one man shows across the world including in Ireland (IMMA 2009). He has work in many public collections including: Arts Council of England, the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, the Ashmoleon Museum Oxford, The British Museum, London, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands, the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the National Gallery, London and many others.
O'Donoghue has said that he does not believe 'that artists wholly control the meaning of their work'.
In an interview with Brian McAvera in the Irish Arts Review O`Donoghue said: `The ‘Crow’ images: I would have been aware of Ted Hughes’ poems without having read them thoroughly. I’d tried to reintroduce subject matter into painting so that you can latch onto something that’s graspable. I’d see my painting as trying to make something that is poetic; something that is more than the sum of its parts.
The ‘Crow’ pictures came about when I was in the North, crossing the border, and came across a raven in the middle of the road on a foggy day. I went to a taxidermist and got a few stuffed ravens and had them in the studio.`