Dermot Seymour was born in 1956 in Belfast. He attended the University of Ulster where he received a BA in Art and Design in 1978 and an Advanced Diploma in Art and Design in 1981.
His work has been included in many exhibitions: On the Balcony of the Nation, which toured the USA during the early 90s, The Fifth Province – Some New Art from Ireland which toured Canada from 1991 until 1993, and In a State, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin. He has been described as “a social realist, exploring the anxiety, bewilderment and absurdity of the situation in Northern Ireland and representing it with definite imagery but in an oblique and obscure way”. His social realist approach towards Northern Irish politics frequently involves a juxtaposition of images within the Irish landscape, particularly livestock, and religious and military symbols.
He lives in County Mayo and is a member of Aosdána. He has had solo shows in Belfast, New York, Berlin and Dublin.