Mary O’Connor

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Mary O’Connor is a visual artist and printmaker living in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.
She was born in Wexford and studied visual communication and 3D design at DIT in Dublin, and painting at Chelsea College of Art, London, and in New Zealand. She has also lived in Belize and Kazakhstan, a place of vast landscapes and infinite white winters; during her time there she published two books of photojournalism on central Asia.

Her work is included in many public and private collections including The OPW, The Environmental Protection Agency, Holles St. Hospital collection, and CITI

Mary’s paintings and prints are influenced by her surrounding, the vast landscapes encountered on her travels are conveyed through shapes, space and colours that emerge  as  non-representational abstract compositions. Cultures, travel, time, memory and flux are essential elements in her work.

Selected Exhibitions
2023 Winter Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2023 Decennium, 10th Anniversary Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2023, 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018 RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin
2023 Mermaid Twenty One, Selected exhibition celebrating 21 years
2023 Chaos / Order curated by Ann Mulrooney, dlr Open Exhibition
2023 First Impressions, curated by Shane O’Driscoll, Blue House Gallery
2023 Stacks, Solo exhibition at The Pigyard Gallery, Wexford
2023 Ceadogan ‘Island’ Exhibition. Charity auction in aid of Peter McVerry Trust
2022 Rally, Group Exhibition at Glovebox Gallery, Dublin curated by Ronan Dillon
2022 Wide Open Space, Wexford County Council and Mairead Furlong Collection curated by Eamonn Maxwell
2022 Art Riddler, Shortlisted for the Art Riddler Award
2022 Cape Sacred, West Wales Art Centre and The National Opera House, supported by Culture Ireland, curated by Wex Art Fest
2022 Concrete x Canvas, Outset Gallery Galway curated by Tom McClean
2022 / 2018 – 137 / 141 RUA Annual Exhibition, Belfast
2022 Emerging Practice, Curated by Donna Romano, 40 years BCPS
2022 CAIRDE Visual, The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo
2022 Shortlisted Beep Painting Prize
2022 The works we thought we had, Limerick City Museum curated by Dr Matthew Potter and Maurice Quillinan
2022 Paipear, Group Exhibition, Hand Tough Contemporary, Dublin
2022, 2020 – Paintbox Wexford
2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, So Fine Art Editions Winter Show, Summer Show
2021 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London
2021, 2019, 2018 RHA Annual Exhibition
2021 Hit the North Wall Mural festival, Belfast
2021 Cherrywood art commission
2021 HOST, Dean Art Studios, Dublin. Vault Studios, Belfast
2020 KEEL Solo Exhibition, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
2020 Paint box, Wexford commission, supported by Creative Ireland and WCC
2020, 2019, 2018 Discover Print, Greenacres Gallery, Wexford
2020 Pandemme group pop up exhibition
2020, 2019 OVER NATURE, Touring group exhibition, Curated by Valerie Ceregini at Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny; The Courthouse Gallery Ennistymon; Luan Gallery, Athlone; Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady; The Crypt, Sample Studios Cork; OPW, Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
2019 Utopia Dystopia DLR Open submission
2019 Capitol Dock Wall Mural commission
2019 ImPRESSions Biennale, Galway, winner: Galway County Council Purchase Prize
2019, 2018, 2017 VUE, RHA
2019, 2018 #44 The Quay, Waterford
2019 Artform Summer Exhibition
2019 Art=430-790THz, WFO
2018 188 RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin
2018 137 RUA Annual Exhibition
2018 The Model Sligo, CAIRDE Visual
 2018 Tyrone Guthrie Residency
2017 The Model Sligo presents CAIRDE
2017 Impressions Biennale curated by Jason Hicklin (UK)
2017 VUE RHA
2017 Print purchased by the OPW
2017 Pier printers, Unframed, Film Base, Temple Bar
2017 Halftone, The Library Project
2017 Greenacres, WFO
2017 Something artful this way come, WFO
2017 Incognito, Jack and Jill Foundation, first work purchased
2017 So Fine Art Editions Winter show
2016 Member Black Church Print Studio
2016 Halftone, The Library Project
2016 So Fine Art Editions Winter show
2015 Bronze award – Colour, Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the year
2015 Halftone, The Library Project