Mary O'Connor


Mary is a Visual artist living in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin. Born in Wexford She studied visual communication and 3D design at DIT in Dublin, and painting at Chelsea College of Art, London, and in New Zealand. She also lived in Belize and Kazakhstan, a place of vast landscapes and infinite white winters; during her time there (eleven years) She published two books of photojournalism on Central Asia. She repatriated to Dublin in 2014.


Mary's paintings and prints are influenced by her surroundings. 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.


Mary has been selected for many group exhibitions including the RHA Annual Exhibition, RUA Annual Exhibition, Impressions Galway and Cairde, The Model Sligo. She has also been commissioned to carry out large-scale wall murals in Capitol Dock, Dublin. Mary has completed a residency in Tyrone Guthrie Centre and her work is included in many public and private collections including The Office of Public Works, The Environmental Protection Agency, Devlin Hotel, Holles St. Hospital Collection, CITI, Wexford County Council Collection and Beat FM, Waterford. She participated in OVER NATURE, a touring group exhibition, curated by Valeria Ceregini. Most recently she was recipient of the Galway City Council Purchase Prize at Impressions 2019, and was commissioned to make work for DLR Artworks Home, supported by Arts Council. Her Solo Exhibition KEEL opens at SO Fine Art Editions in Powerscourt TownHouse Centre this summer.