Studied at the Chelsea College of Art, London

Mary O’ Connor was born in Wexford and studied at the Chelsea College of Art in London and also at the College of Marketing and Design in Dublin. She is a contemporary painter whose practice focuses on the use of colour and gains inspiration for here paintings from traveling the world. Currently she is living in Kazakhstan creating works of art in response to this vast and enchanting land.

View ‘Hills Filled with Autumn Berries’ within the Collection

Hills Filled with Autumn Berries by Mary O' Connor

Hills Filled with Autumn Berries by Mary O’ Connor

Enjoys Painting for the Study of the Medium

Most importantly for my work, I enjoy painting for the study of the medium, it is very addictive, working in large scale allows a freedom and physicality. The power and energy generated by the use of paint and colour evokes rather than describes, creating art as a vision of the world. I am overjoyed to translate through my paintings a silent reflection, a memory, a moment in time, leaving an impression without changing anything. This gift I give to everybody. – Mary O’ Connor

Biography

  • Chelsea College of Art, London
  • College of Marketing and Design, Dublin

Awards and Exhibitions

  • 2010 Reflections, Hyatt Regency, Almaty, sponsored by Guinness
  • 2010 Air Astana’s Tengri Magazine, featured article, ‘Spirit of Kazakhstan’, May Issue
  • 2008 From Chaos to Order, The Norman Gallery, Monksgrange, Co Wexford
  • 2008 From Chaos to Order, Hyatt Regency, Almaty, sponsored by Guinness
  • 2007 Once in a blue moon, Cockleshell Gallery, Duncannon Fort, Co Wexford
  • 2007 IRELAND’S HOMES INTERIORS & Living, painting featured on front cover
  • 2007 Greenacres Summer Exhibition
  • 2007 Art East Gallery, Powered by Grolsch, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2006 Lazy Summer Days, Art East Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2006 Art @ Wexford Vocational College, Wexford Festival Opera – Group       Exhibition
  • 2006 Greenacres Wexford Festival Opera
  • 2005, Group show, Ivan Ilova, Almaty Kazakhstan
  • 2004 Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
  • 2004 Worlds Apart, Tengri Umai Art Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • Kelly’s Resort Hotel Art Exhibition – WFO – Group Exhibition
  • The Dyehouse Gallery, Summer Show 2003
  • Boyle Arts Week 2003
  • An tOireachteas 2003, Dublin
  • June 2002 Image Art Factory, Belize – Mystic Soup Group Exhibition
  • October 2001 Greenacres Art Exhibition, Wexford Festival Opera – Group Exhibition
  • October 2001 Art @ Wexford Vocational College, Wexford Festival Opera – Group Exhibition
  • April 2001 Sunday Independent, Ireland. Work reviewed by Lucinda O’Sullivan
  • February 2001 Image Art Factory, Belize, “SHE” – Group Exhibition
  • February 2001 Intransit, Belize. Work reviewed by Andrew Steinhauer
  • November 2000, Dangriga, Belize, “Art For The People” – Group Exhibition
  • December 2000 Belize Times. Work reviewed by Andrew Steinhauer
  • October 2000, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford Festival Opera, “Three Visions” – Group Exhibition
  • Summer 2000, Americas Cup Yacht Village, New Zealand Centre of Contemporary Artists – Group Exhibition
  • New Zealand Best Design Awards 2000 – Highly Commended – Interior Design of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Head Office, Auckland
  • 1999 issues of Prodesign and Trends, New Zealand – Interior of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu published
  • December 1999 – Miarangi Bay Auckland, New Zealand, Solo Exhibition
  • 1995 Wexford Festival Opera, Greenacres, Solo Exhibition
  • 1994 Wexford Festival Opera, Greenacres, Solo Exhibition
  • 1985 Degree Show Work published in The Irish Times
  • 1985 Finalist in The Kilkenny Design Awards
  • 1985 Awarded entry to the Kilkenny Design Centre – Scheme for Young Designers

Public Collections

  • Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland. Paintings purchased for the New Government offices
  • Beat FM (Broadcasting House), Waterford, Ireland
  • Holles St. Hospital Collection, Dublin, Ireland
  • FerryCarrick Hotel, Wexford, Ireland
  • Vocational College, Wexford, Ireland
  • Pelican Beach Resort, Belize
  • Jaguar Reef Resort, Belize
  • Belize Audubon Society, Belize
  • Chaa Creek Resort & Spa, Belize
  • Med TV LTD, New Zealand
  • Wexford County Council
  • Private Collections throughout Ireland, New Zealand, Belize, North and Central America, England and Israel

Website:  http://maryoconnorart.com/