Jimmy Galvin

Jimmy Galvin is first generation of Irish immigrants living and working in Bristol in the UK he is an autodidact Artist, Composer and Curator.

He sites his main influences as Igor Stravinsky/Diego Velasquez/Barnett Newman/Lucio Fontana/Edith Sitwell/ Glen Gould/Carl Andre/John Coltrane/Yukio Mishima/Jimi Hendrix/Martin luther King/Visconti/Joris-karl Huysmans/ Michelangelo Antonioni/Samuel Beckett/Erik Satie/ Ludwig Wittgenstein/Edith Sitwell/ Marcel Proust/ Marcel Duchamp/ Nicolas De Stael.

His work has been exhibited alongside many leading artists including Sir Peter Blake, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin, Julian Opie, Antony Gormley, Gillian Ayres, Marc Quinn, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gavin Turk  and Mark Wallinger amongst others.

Exhibited The Thinker at The Royal West of England Academy 1994

Exhibited solo show of paintings at Bristol Old Vic 2000


Curated SUBMERGE exhibition of paintings at The Paintworks Gallery Bristol 2008

Curated and exhibited THE ART OF DEMOCRACY at The Bristol Gallery Bristol 2010

Exhibited at Glastonbury festival 2010

Curated and exhibited  COMPULSION at Bath Octagon Gallery 2010

Curated TREMOR a major art show with confirmed artists such as  Yoko Ono, Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, Tim Head, Jamie Reid amongst others that was due to happen at The Royal West of England Academy Bristol 2012 but due to them not delivering sponsorship funding the show could not go ahead.

Exhibited in group show SIGHT OF SOUND /View Gallery/Bristol/2013

Exhibited in group show HUMAN RIGHTS ?/ LECCE/ ITALY 2013

Exhibited in group show HUMAN RIGHTS ? / ROVERTO/ ITALY  2014

Exhibited and donated art work for  group show at The Brazilian Embassy/ 2014 / Trafalgar Square /London where the art was auctioned and sold by Bonham’s on behalf of the charity The Street Kids of Brazil

Exhibited and donated artwork for MACMILLAN CANCER TRUST/LONDON/ 2014

Exhibited and donated artwork for leading London charity FREEDOM FROM TORTURE /2015/ 

Exhibited in group show for  London gallery LIGHTS OF SOHO/ Soho/London/ 2015

Composed the music for highly acclaimed Tel Aviv Artist Rivka Rinn for her installation SWAN LAKE IN THE DESERT that was exhibited at IL PONTE CONTEMPORANEA GALLERY/ROME/ 2016

Exhibited in group show THE LIGHT WITHIN  Rise Gallery/London/2017 

Will be contributing artwork for ARMS AROUND THE CHILD charity art auction /London/2017/auction by Christie’s exhibiting alongside David Bryne,Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and  Terry O’neill  amongst others.


Delivered installation and screening of films for the Worldwide charity UNESCO in Bristol /2016


In 2012 he composed the music for the  BBC TV documentary “GOYA THE STOLEN MASTERPIECE” that was shown on BBC 1