Mary O’Connor is a visual artist and printmaker.  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.

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

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.

Her work is included in many public and private collections including The OPW, The Environmental Protection Agency, Holles St. Hospital collection, FerryCarrick Hotel Wexford, Wexford County Council Art Collection, Wexford Vocational School Collection, Beat FM Broadcasting House, Waterford and CITI


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

Awards and Exhibitions

  • 2018 188 RHA Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin.
  • 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 comes’, 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
  • 2015 ‘All that Glitters is Gold’ Greenacres, Wexford
  • 2015 ‘Gateway to kazakhstan’ Air Astana business class lounge
  • 2014 Art Centre Almaty, ‘Three visions’
  • 2014 Chai and Chat published
  • 2013 Head over Heels published
  • 2012 Art Centre Almaty, ‘Celebrations with Noda’
  • 2011 The spirit of Kazakhstan, Hyatt Regency, Almaty
  • 2010 Reflections, Hyatt Regency, Almaty, sponsored by Guinness
  • 2008 The Norman Gallery, Monksgrange, Co Wexford, ‘From Chaos to Order’
  • 2007 Cockleshell Gallery, Duncannon Fort, Co Wexford, ‘Once in a blue moon’
  • 2007 IRELAND’S HOMES INTERIORS & Living, painting featured on front cover
  • 2007 Greenacres Summer Exhibition
  • 2006 Art @ Wexford Vocational College, Wexford Festival Opera
  • 2006 Greenacres Wexford Festival Opera
  • 2004 Old Market House Arts Centre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford
  • 2004 Worlds Apart, Tengri Umai Art Gallery, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • 2004 Kelly’s Resort Hotel Art Exhibition – WFO – Group Exhibition
  • 2003 The Dyehouse Gallery, Summer Show
  • 2003 Boyle Arts Week
  • 2003 An tOireachteas, Dublin
  • 2002 Image Art Factory, Belize – Mystic Soup Group Exhibition
  • 2001 Greenacres Art Exhibition, Wexford Festival Opera – Group Exhibition
  • 2001 Art @ Wexford Vocational College, Wexford Festival Opera
  • 2001 Sunday Independent, Ireland. Work reviewed by Lucinda O’Sullivan
  • 2000, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford Festival Opera, “Three Visions”
  • 2000, Americas Cup Yacht Village, New Zealand Centre of Contemporary Artists
  • 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

Mary is represented by the following galleries:

SO FINE ART EDITIONS, South Anne St, Dublin

The Printmakers Gallery, Drury St, Dublin

Greenacres Gallery, Wexford