Suzy O’Mullane

 

 

Suzy O’Mullane (b. 1958, Liverpool, England) lives and works in Cork and shares her time between there and her studio in the south of France. She was the co-founder of Arttrail in Cork, Ireland and director from 1996 to 2002. From 2001 to 2004 O’Mullane was on the Board of the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, and has been a contributor to Ireland’s critical art publication, Circa. She has been awarded several residencies in Cill Rialaig, Ireland, Paris and Berlin as well as several prestigious commissions.

 

O’Mullane has exhibited in private and state-funded galleries in London, Berlin, Italy and throughout Ireland. Her work has been exhibited at international art fairs including Art Miami, Art Chicago, Art Palm Beach and Art Toronto. O’Mullane’s work has been presented in fifteen solo exhibitions; recent solo exhibitions include the Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland  and the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan, Co Meath, Ireland and Skotia Gallery, L.A.  O’Mullane’s work was featured in ‘Wildly Different Things: New York and Dublin’, a major international exhibition presented by BlueLeaf Gallery/BlueLeaf Unlimited in Dublin in February-March 2010.  O’Mullane’s work is held in private, public and corporate collections throughout Ireland, the UK, USA and in Europe.

 

O’Mullane’s work has evolved to employ multiple encoded forms that have become personal allegorical references for the artist. Throughout her practice she has applied correct draughtsmanship to enable a direct visual understanding of her forms. This visual clarity has provided a basis for extended considerations of O’Mullane’s deliberately altered perspectives and ambiguous projection of objects and references, both spatially and contextually. The artist’s adopted forms - hares, wolves, flowers, birds and female figures - are drawn from personal, historical, religious and mythological contexts and are intertwined with elements of light, darkness, colour, layering, gesturing and gaze. Collectively these elements provide significant keys to understanding O’Mullane’s imagery.

 

O’Mullane explains the use of her forms: “The intention of the work is to convey emotional and sometimes metaphysical connection, as well as absurd hypothetical situations. Humans and animals have interchangeable roles, and are devoid of accepted markers.”

 

“Questions of identity are always present in my work, particularly in the use of autobiographical reference. But my images acquire autonomy through repetition, layering and distillation. A useful analogy is to equate the imagery to a troupe of actors who assume different leading or subsidiary roles as required. Emotion is a very important component in my work and is implicitly registered in the imagery.”

 

In an essay entitled ‘Signs‘, Sean Kissane, Head Curator of Irish Museum of Modern Art writes: “Her figures are constantly torn between the representation of an individual and the universality which that figure represents. Just as line and colour distil notions of both of structure and emotion; so too do her subjects exist on multiple planes and function on different levels. The organic becomes a trope and the inorganic an emotion.”

 

 

 

Education

1986 B.A. English & Geography, UCC, Cork, Ireland

1994 Diploma Fine Art, CCAD with Distinction

1995 B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art, Painting, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland

1996 Post Graduate in Painting, Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork, Ireland

 

Solo Exhibitions (recent)

2016 In Thrall To Caitlin, solo exhibition, Origin Gallery, Dublin

2015 There Was Nothing Good About Good Friday, Origin Gallery, Dublin

2011 ‘Cherie’, Skotia Gallery, Culver City, L.A.

2011 Gossamer Dress, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry

2011 ‘Tempest’, BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. Opened by Séan Kissane, Head of Exhibitions, IMMA

2011 ‘The Blue Snake in the Shape of Infinity’, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland.

2010 ‘Your Hair Blows in the Same Way as Mine’, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

2009 ‘Trajectory Through Time and Space’, BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2006 ‘Mick’, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford, Wexford Opera Festival, Ireland

2005 ‘The Colour of Love and Loss’, Triskel Art Centre, Cork, Ireland. Curated by Alastair MacLennen

2005 ‘The Colour of Love and Loss’, Pembroke BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2003 ‘The Weimar Mouth’, Solo Show, Pembroke BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin, and  Crawford Muncipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

2001 ‘Anatomy Of Discomfort’, BlueLeaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland and at Siamsa Tire, Tralee, Ireland. Opened by Minister for Arts

1999 ‘The Butterfly Girls and Other Works’, Tig Fili Gallery, Cork, Ireland

1997 ‘Suzy O’Mullane: New Work’, U.C.C., Cork, Ireland

 

Group exhibitions, performances, events (selected)

2016 ‘Migratory Pathways and Insistent Ghosts’, video screening, with Julius Kozlowski, IndieCork Film Festival, Ireland

2016 Terra Firma Shorts, Terra Firma, Brooklyn, ‘Migratory Pathways and Insistent Ghosts 1 & 2 with Julius Kozlowski, In Yoko Implode.

2016 Context NYC art fair, with Gibbons & Nicholas Gallery

2016 Birth of a Nation (curated), group exhibition of Irish and Chinese artists at Ning Space, Beijing, Identity at EARC Beijing, and Struggle at Sanwei Art Centre, Shanghai

2015 ‘Migratory Pathways and Insistent Ghosts’, video screening, with Julius Kozlowski, IndieCork Film Festival, Ireland

2015 ’There Was Nothing Good About Good Friday’. Performance collaboration with Harry Moore, The Guesthouse, Cork, Ireland

2013 Tri, 3 person exhibition, J Cacciola Gallery NYC, curated by Ciara Gibbons (director Blueleaf Gallery, Dublin

2013 Art Miami, Art Toronto, with Blueleaf Gallery (Dublin) and J Cacciola Gallery (NYC)

2012 Sea of Exchange: Ireland - Los Angeles, curated by Cathy Weiss, LA Print Space, LA

2012 Still Lifes? With Regine Bartch, Katherine Boucher-Beug and Jane O' Malley. Catherine Hammond Gallery, Glengarriff, Co. Cork

2012 Art Wynwood with BlueLeaf Gallery, Miami, Art Miami, with Blueleaf Gallery

2011 Art Chicago, Merchandise Mart, with BlueLeaf Gallery, Chicago, US , Art Palm Beach, with BlueLeaf Gallery, Palm Beach, US

2010 Art Miami, BlueLeaf Gallery, Miami, US

2010 In Print with Michael Mulcahy’, Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. Opened by Campbell Bruce.

2010 ‘Michael Quane Selects’, Lavit Gallery, Cork, Ireland. Opened by Alannah Hopkin.

2010 ‘Wildly Different Things: New York & Dublin’, BlueLeaf Gallery/BlueLeaf Unlimited, Dublin. Curated by Ciara Gibbons and Jane Ross, Dublin/ Karim Hamid, Andreas Kuefer, Giulia Coccia and Elena Avesani, New York

2009 ‘Expressions and Revelations’, BlueLeaf Gallery at the Menier Gallery, London, UK

 

Collections

UCC

UCD

TCD

OPW

Crawford Municipal Gallery

Private collections in Ireland, USA, UK, Germany

 

Commissions, Grants, Awards

Portrait of Aidan Higgins Crawford Municipal Gallery, private commissions

Artflight, Arts Council of Ireland 1998

Culture Ireland for Art Toronto (through Blueleaf Gallery) 2011

Culture Ireland for Art Miami (through Blueleaf Gallery) 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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