Mary O'Connor

A warm welcome to one of Ireland’s most exciting painters and printmakers – an exquisite colourist and a dab-hand with squeegee and screen.

A feast of colour, Mary’s debut Look Up collection arrived hot on the heels of a purple patch. In 2020 her solo exhibition, Keel, opened at SO Fine Art Editions (Dublin). The following year she received an Arts Council Ireland Agility Award, made her third appearance in the RHA Annual Exhibition (Dublin), and her Royal Academy Summer Show (London) debut. Born and raised in Wexford, Mary studied Visual Communication and 3D Design at TU (Dublin), followed by a spell of painting at the Chelsea College of Art. She continued her studies in New Zealand, and has also lived in Belize and Kazakhstan, publishing two books of photojournalism on the latter – a nation that remains close to her heart. Today she lives in Sandycove, Dublin, and when she’s not working from home you’ll find her at Black Church Print Studio – refining, developing and experimenting. Mary’s work is influenced by her surroundings, with the natural world and memories of her travels playing a key role. 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.

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Short film on Mary's printmaking process