Born in Dublin, Ireland. Studied at University College Dublin, graduating with a B.Soc.Sc and an M.A in Urban Planning. He later studied Photography and Media Communications on a Fulbright Award at New York University and the International Center Of Photography, New York, graduating with an M.F.A. His work is exhibited and published in the United States and Europe and is represented in a number of leading international public and private collections. He lectured on new media and photography at the School of Communications, Dublin City University and currently collaborates on graduate new media degree programmes in the USA.

Recent museum, archive and art/science projects include imaging, text, and video collaborations with: American Museum of Natural History, New York; Mütter Museum & College of Physicians of Philadelphia; La Specola Museum, Florence, Italy; University of Florence Museum of Pathological Anatomy, Caregi Hospital, Florence, Italy; Hubrecht Laboratory, Netherlands; Tornblad Institute, Sweden; National Museum of Ireland (Natural History); Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin; Science Gallery Dublin (TCD) and the Comune di Napoli, Italy.

His practice is primarily concerned with the politics and hidden narratives implicit in science, medical, religious and natural history archives, museums and shrines. To this end, his projects address the binaries pertaining to nature/culture, living/dead, beautiful/grotesque, desire/disgust, subject/object and human/nonhuman.

Solo exhibitions and publications include:
Photo Graphic Constructs, Travels in Amira, Grid Works, Still Life, Future Nature, Vial Memory, Stuffed Histories, Dignified Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk and Charnel House Tales. He is currently completing a major documentary and archive project, Favours From Beyond (Per Grazia Ricevuta), on the material culture of vernacular religious cult praxes in Naples, Italy.

The artist lives and works in Dublin, West Cork and New York.

Karl Grimes - Dignified Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk.
Texts by Martin Kemp,
Stephanie McBride, David Norris, Nigel
National Museum of Ireland/Gallery of Photography Ireland.
ISBN 978-0-9552388-3-3

2011 ISEA 2011 Istanbul. The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art
2011 Linn
aeus University, Kalmar, Sweden & ANCO Amsterdam, Netherlands (touring)
2010 Taxum Totem. National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin, Ireland
2007 National Museum of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland (tour 2008-2009)
2007 Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland (touring)
2006 Mütter Museum, Philadelphia. U.S.A.
2003 Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NY
2002 5th @ Guinness Storehouse, Ireland
2000 Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NY (toured)
1999 Limelight, New York, NY. Projections
1998 Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland
1997 Maclaurin Gallery, Scotland. Fotofeis 1997
Washington Square East Gallery, New York University
1995 Rackham Gallery, University of Michigan
1994 Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Gallery of Photography, Dublin. (toured)
1992 Birmingham Billboard Project. U.K
1991 Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland.(toured)
1990 Le Chanjour Gallery, Nice, France. (toured)

2000 - 20
23: Images and Writing: Condé Nast Publications, Environmental Campaigns, Queer Ecology, Animal Rights Campaigns, AIDS Memorial International Exhibitions.

2023 Selected Works:National Photography Collection. Glór, Ennis, Ireland. March 2023-April 2023
2022 Selected Works:National Photography Collection. Draíocht, Dublin, Ireland. November 2022-January 2023
2022 National Photography Collection. Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland. January 2022
-March 2022
2017 WUNDERCAMERA. Telfair Museum of Art. Savannah, Georgia. USA. February 2017-March 2017
2014 MATERIAL WORLD. Loftoo Art Space. Shanghai. China. March 2014-April 2014
2014 WUNDERCAMERA. The Holden Gallery. Manchester. UK. March 2013-May 2014
2013 WUNDERCAMERA. PM Gallery and House. London. UK. November 2013-January 2014
2013 IRISH WAVE 2013. Festival of Visual Art. Beijing & Shanghai, China. March-April 2013
2013 'Legacy'. Fine Art College of Shanghai University. China. March-April 2013
2013 'A Tale of Two Cities'. Nouart Gallery. Bejing, China. March-April 2013
2013 'Baby, Baby'. Irish Centre Shanghai. Shanghai, China. March-April 2013
2011 '30 Skies at the Cross with Babe'. DUMBO Collective. Brooklyn, New York
2010 'Shop if You Can Look If You Want'. St Patrick's Festival. Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
2009 INFECTIOUS - Stay Away. Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2009 Irish Contemporary Drawing. The 411 Galleries. Shanghai, China
2008 Nature Fragile. Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
2008 30 Contemporary Collection. Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2007 Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Ireland
2006 ICP New York, 20 Years In. NYU/ICP.
2006 University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
2005 Harvard University, Boston, USA

2004 Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, Netherlands.
2004 Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand
2003 The Nature Museum, Chicago. USA
2003 New York Hall of Science, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2003 Scope New York, Chelsea, New York, NY, USA
2002 R.I.T, New York. Images From Science, USA
2002 Nikolai Fine Art. NY. Retrospective 2002, USA
2000 Hudson River Museum, New York, NY

2000 San Francisco Art Fair/Nikolai Fine Art, USA
2000 Miami Art Fair/Nikolai Fine Art, USA
1999 Rare Gallery, New York. Photo Synthesis, USA

1999 Contemporary Art: Arts Council works, Ireland
1999 Nikolai Fine Art. Art & Artifice, New York, USA
1998 New York Photography Fair/Nikolai Fine Art, New York, USA
1998 EV+A. Limerick, St Mary's Cathedral, Ireland

1998 Art Exchange, Wall Street, New York, USA
1996 Pulse Art, New York, NY, USA
1995 Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY, USA
1990 Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris. Prix Air France/Ville de Paris. France
1988 Dublin Time Capsule. Dublin Civic Museum. Ireland. May 1988


2020 Royal Irish Academy. R.M.Barrington, Ornithologist. Dictionary of Irish Biography, April 14 - online.

2014 Woodward, Daisy. 'Wundercamera' AnOther (UK) January 08 - online.
2013 Petry, Michael. 'Wundercamera' Huffington Post (UK) November 22 - online.

2013 Gosling, Emily. 'Wundercamera' Design Week (UK) November 15 - online.

2013 'Wundercamera' Wall Street International Magazine (UK Arts) November 29 - online.
2011 ISEA 2011. Proceedings - International Symposium on Electronic Art. Istanbul, Turkey.pp
2011 Grimes, Karl. People, Places, Stories. Conference -
'Killed Striking'. Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden.

2011 Super Massive Black Hole. 'Death and Ritual: Still Life Series'. Issue 6. 2011. ISSN 2009-2288.
2009 Mc Carthy, Gerry. 'Science that's not to be sneezed at'. The Sunday Times, May 17, Culture, pp.22-23.
Wallace, Marina & Kaniari, Assimina (eds). 'Acts of Seeing'. Artakt & Zidane Press, 2009, pp.106-107.
2009 Dunne, Aidan. 'Where the odds are stacked in favour of contagion'. Irish Times, May 4, Arts, p.14.
2009 Byrne, Ciaran. 'Don't shake hands, it would be safer just to kiss'. Irish Independent, April 16, p.13.
8 Anker, Susan (ed). 'Visual Culture & Bioscience'. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, pp.86-89.
2008 Grimes, Karl. 'Embryonic Entities as Codes' Visual Culture and Bioscience. National Academy of Sciences. USA
2008 Mulvihill, Mary. 'Left Brain, Right Brain - Dignified Kings'. RTÉ Lyric FM. 30 minutes. No 1/series.
2008 N. Giffney & M.J. Hird (eds) Queering the Non/Human. Aldershot: Ashgate. 2008. Cover & pp.1-4.
2008 d’Anthenaise, Claude & Mauriès, Patrick. Nature Fragile, Le Cabinet Deyrolle. Beaux Arts Editions.
2007 Boland, Rosita. 'Life in the Dead Zoo', Irish Times, October 4, Feature, p.14.
2007 Murphy, Sherra. 'Dignified Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk', Circa, Winter 2007, p.103-105.
2007 Graham, Colin. ' Archival Mania', Source, 52 - Winter 2007. p.66-67.
2007 Gorman, Sophie. 'Creatures of the Dead Zoo', Irish Independent, October 13, Review p.22.
2007 McBride, Stephanie. 'Dignified Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk'. Exhibition Catalogue Essay.
2007 'Karl Grimes - Dignified Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk'. National Museum of Ireland. ISBN 978-0-9552388-3-3

2006 The Leonardo Electronic Almanac. ‘Wild Nature and the Digital Life’. LEA (Vol 14-No 8).
2006 Close Encounters. SLSA
Biannual International. 'Vial Memory and the Scientific Archive’. University of Amsterdam.
Lalor, Brian (ed). 'The Encyclopaedia of Ireland'. Gill & Macmillian. ISBN 0-7171-3000-2. p.461.
2003 Baker, Steve. 'Animality: Cultural Constructions of the Animal'. Catalogue. Blue Oyster Gallery, NZ.
2 The View. RTÉ One. Panel review of 'Future Nature' at 5th Gallery, Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.
Dunne, Aidan. 'Future Nature: Karl Grimes'. The Irish Times. February 6.
Armstrong, Rachel. 'Future Nature'. Review. GCN (Gay Community News). March 2002. Issue 149.
2002 Rochester Institute of Technology. 'Images From Science'. Cary Graphics Arts Press.
2002 Future Nature: Selected Press. Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post, InDublin, The Dubliner.
2002 Coffey, Edel. 'Between Life and Death'. The Sunday Tribune. Artlife, February 24, p.6.
2001 Bashford, Alison (ed). 'Contagion: Historical & Cultural Studies'. Routledge. London. pp.153-170.
2001 Schildrick, Margrit .'Touching the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self'. Sage. London.
2001 McBride, Stephanie. 'Glass Menageries: Karl Grimes in focus'. Circa, No 96, cover & pp.30-34.
2000 Adams, Nicholas. 'Karl Grimes - Stuffed Histories'. Source, Issue no 23, pp.23-29.
1999 Lombardi, Dominick. 'Perception of Animals'. New York Times, December 5, P.20.
New York Times 'A Show that Shapes Perception of Animals'. Dominick Lombardi. December 5.
8 Morrison, Angeline. Review of EV+A 1998'. The Sunday Tribune. Features, October 11.
1998 Mc Keone, Marion. 'An exhibition which courts controversy'. Sunday Business Post. 29/3, p.38.
1998 Ruane, Medb. 'In Conversation'. Still Life exhibition catalogue interview.
1998 Circa. 'No Comment'. Circa, No 84 Summer, pp.6-7.
8 The Event Guide. 'Karl Grimes : Still Life'. Review. April 1-14. p22/23.
1998 Armstrong, James. 'Still Life'. Review. Source, Vol # 4, p.34.
RTÉ Radio 1. 'Still Life at the Gallery of Photography'. Arts Show Review. 3.02pm, April 7. 1998.
Fallon, Brian. 'Karl Grimes: Still Life', The Sunday Times, April 5, p.23.
8 Temple Bar Review. 'The Grimes' Reaper'. Review by Mark Collins. April 1998.
1998 O'Reilly, Ronan. 'Enough to make you weep'. The Sun, March 28, cover, P1/2.
1998 Donaghy, Kathy. 'How low can you sink'. The Sun, March 27, cover, P1/2/8.
1997 Angus, Alice. '(Re)visions of Sex', Fotofeis 1997 writings and catalogue, p10/15.
1997 Woods, Judith. 'F
otofeis - Wanna see some pictures'. The Scotsman, Sept 23, p.15.
McBride, Stephanie. 'Karl Grimes: Work in Process'. Circa, No 81, pp.35-42.
1994 Aperture. Nickard, Gary. 'Ireland ; A Troubled Mirror'. Aperture
, Winter No 134, cover.
1993 Morris, Barbra. 'Karl Grimes - Travels in Amira'. exhibition catalogue introduction.
The Arts Show. RTÉ Radio 1. Profile interview with Mike Murphy. Broadcast, June 2, 35 mins.
1993 Moroney, Mic .'Fabled zone where kitsch is reality'. Irish Times. 18 June.
Mc Donagh, Jeanne .'Where in the world?'. DropOut Magazine. May 1993. Volume 2, Issue 4.
1993 Johnson, Paddy. 'Karl Grimes/Gallery of Photography'. Circa, Autumn, No 65.
1992 Fagan, Graham. 'Birmingham Billboard Project', exhibition catalogue.
1991 Meaney, Helen. 'Karl Grimes & his fragmented photographs'. The Irish Times, July 25,
1991 Kiang, Tanya. 'Photo Graphic Constructs', exhibition catalogue introduction.
1991 Lynn, Brian. 'Photographic Constructs: Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast'. Source, Issue 1.
1991 Sheehan, Donal. 'Karl Grimes:Triskel Arts Center', Circa. July/August No 58.
Zoom on Europe 1990. Catalogue. RHA Gallery, Dublin & Limerick City Gallery.
89 Biennale Internationale Nice 1989. 'Septembre De La Photo', Nice-Audiovisuel catalogue.
89 The Irish Times.'Zoom on Europe', Mois de la Photo, Nice. September 5, p.10.
8 Freitag,Barbara. 'Die Horan - Zeitschrift fur Literaturer, Kunst und Kritik.# Vol 33.pp 207-210
8 Kiang, Tanya. Review: Dublin Time Capsule. Dublin Civic Museum. Circa. August/September. No 41.
Cecil Beaton Vogue/Sotheby's Award. Vogue Magazine (UK), Dec 1987, No 12, p.74.
5 Prix Air France-Ville De Paris. Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Sept/Oct 1985.


Arts Council of Ireland
National Museum of Ireland
National Photographic Collection Ireland
Berlin Museum of Natural History, Germany
Bibliotheque National De Paris, France

Paris Audiovisuel Collection, France
Musee de la Photographie, Nice, France
Rudin Collection, New York, USA
Birmingham City University. U.K
Birmingham Billboard Project Collection. U.K

Dublin Community Photographic Archive
National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick, Ireland

University of Limerick, Ireland
University of Michigan, USA
New York University, USA

Dublin City University. Ireland
Hudson River Museum, USA
Hubrecht Laboratory, Utrecht, Netherlands
Tornblad Institute, Lund, Sweden 
Comune di Napoli Collection, Italy   


2011 Morris Foundation Research Award. USA.
2009 Visual Arts Bursary. Arts Council of Ireland.
2006 Visual Arts Bursary/Projects Award. Arts Council of Ireland.
2006 Travel & Mobility Award. Arts Council of Ireland
2005 Travel & Mobility Award. Arts Council of Ireland
2004 Wood Fellowship. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. USA.
2004 Professional Development Award. Arts Council of Ireland
2003 Arts Council of Ireland. Travel & Mobility Award.
2001 Arts Council Projects Award.
1998 Visual Arts Bursary. Arts Council of Ireland
1997 Visual Arts Bursary. The Scottish Arts Council.
1996 Visual Arts Bursary. Arts Council of Ireland.
1995 DHL Artlift Award, Dublin, Ireland.
1995 Arts Award. Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland.
1994 Professional Enhancement Grant. IIE, New York, NY.
1993 Fulbright Award. United States Embassy, Dublin, Ireland.
1991 Visual Arts Bursary. Arts Council of Ireland.
1989 Sunday Times Award. News International, London, UK.
1987 Cecil Beaton Vogue/Sothebys Award for Photography. UK.


1995 MFA. New York University, New York.
1978 MA Town/Urban Planning. University College Dublin, Ireland.
1975 B.Soc.Sc (Hons). University College Dublin, Ireland.










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