Seosamh Ó Dálaigh moved to Achill with his wife Nóra, who was from the area, in 1970. He began painting in his childhood and has developed his own unique style. His early work concentrated largely on the landscapes and people of Achill/ West of Ireland. Since opening Dánlann Yawl Art Gallery he has been able to explore and experiment with his original art. Seosamh thinks of his painting as a way of capturing moments in time and recording history. The Gallery is testament to this. He is a gifted artist with a keen eye for the beauty in life and this makes him a wonderful tutor and facilitator. He manages to bring out the creative side in others, through his passion and energy. While creating beautiful portrayals of Achill life he has also produced many works based on his travels at home and in Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Seosamh had the pleasure of painting a portrait of renowned artist Derek Hill at his hut on Tory Island, Donegal and of artist Tony O 'Malley, who spent time on Achill Island.
Following a visit in 1999 to Dánlann Yawl Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy RCA, world-renowned Canadian artist and Wendy Wacko enjoyed a week’s painting holiday at The Old Stable Studio, bringing Achill’s beauty to a broad international audience. They returned for a month in 2004 to prepare for a major exhibition of Achill/Curraun scenes.
In 1992 Seosamh and Nora were honoured by a visit to the Gallery by sculptor John Behan who held a workshop-The Evolution of a Fish and gifted them with this unique piece of metalwork, "Fish".
His paintings hang in public and private collections in Ireland and other countries. He has exhibited continuosly in the Yawl Art Gallery since 1985. Seosamh has received many commisions for portraits and landscape paintings and has participated in numerous exhibitions including:
- Claremorris Exhibition
- Mayo Exhibition
- Guiness Hop Store
- Clifden Arts Week
- Islands Touring Exhibition
- One Man Show in Westport
- Sligo Northwestern Artists
- Kenny's Gallery
- Linenhall Gallery, Castlebar