Be Still is a series of new works on paper and canvas executed in France and in Ireland. These works form a loose narrative reflecting ideas about the human condition: how we feel about ourselves, how we communicate, our needs and desires, how we place ourselves in society, how we are affected by fate and free will. The eyes reveal the secrets to the soul. We can communicate an entire universe of power and intent through silence, how the heart gets broken and how it heals, how the world propels onwards continuously, how we connect and disconnect. We are capable of great beauty and innocence, but also of cataclysmic destruction.
These paintings communicate our experience, through gesture and gaze, mainly using human and animal depiction. They highlight our innocence and our desires. At a time of mass communication, external noise, seething masses, sometimes it is enough just to be still.
Suzy O’ Mullane is a visual artist who has been practicing and exhibiting consistently in Dublin, London, NY, Berlin and LA since 1996. Throughout her practice, she has developed and employs multiple encoded forms that have become personal allegorical references. Her work conceptualises emotional experience, personal and societal identity, and memory through the mediums of painting, drawing, video, performance and writings.
O’ Mullane’s work conceptualises emotional experience and memory, relating to a particular identity, place, memory, or personal connections. Formally, her paintings and drawings are executed in oil and charcoal on canvas or paper. Scale oscillates between very large (maximum 7ft x 10ft) and small/intimate. Her video, collaborative and performance work supports and intersects with the 2D work, and relies on written narrative and layers of associated imagery.
O’ Mullane was educated at UCC (BA English) and Crawford College of Art and Design (BA Fine Art (Hons) and Post-Grad. She is co-founder and former director for 6 years of ArtTrail Cork, Cork. Notably, her work has been presented at Context NYC, Art Miami, Art Toronto, Art Chicago, Art Wynwood, Art Palm Beach, Aqua Miami as well as in many solo exhibitions. She has held solo exhibitions at Skotia Gallery, LA, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Ireland, Siamsa Tire Arts Centre, Tralee, Blueleaf Gallery, Dublin, and Origin Gallery, Dublin. Her work is represented in many public and private collections in the US and Europe, including Crawford Municipal Gallery, TCD, UCD, UCC, and OPW.
Recent, current and forthcoming projects since 2016: Irish Wave: The Birth of a Nation, Identity, Struggle, group exhibitions (by invitation), Beijing and Shanghai, March - April 2016, The Seduction of Cathleen Ni Houlihan, solo exhibition, The Origin Gallery, from April 28, 2016, Context Art Fair, 3 - 8 May 2016, The Wounded Deer (invited artist) Melbourne, September 2017. Boyle Arts Festival (invited) July 2017. Aqua Miami December 2016 and Solo Exhibition with Phylogeny Contemporary Gallery, Seattle, August 2017
O’ Mullane is currently represented by J Cacciola Gallery NJ, The Origin Gallery Dublin and Phylogeny Contemporary Gallery Seattle. Also Pierogi Gallery NY flat files.
Critical essays and Reviews (selected):
Sean Kissane (writer and curator IMMA): Signs, Suzy O’ Mullane, Publ. Blueleaf Gallery, 2010
Pritika Chowdry (writer and curator University of Wisconsin): Suzy O’ Mullane: A Visceral Encounter, Publ. Blueleaf Gallery, 2010
Alastair MacLennen (former Head of MA at Ulster University, performance artist): Reflections on the colour of Love and Loss, publ. Triskel Arts Centre, 2005
Dr. Michael Casey(art historian and curator), Understanding the Colour, publ. Triskel Arts Centre, 2005
Jane Ross (art historian and curator, Toronto, Canada) Tempest, publ. Blueleaf Gallery, 2011
Peter Murray, Anatomy of Discomfort catalogue essay, Blueleaf Gallery, 2001
Catherine Boucher-Beug (American artist and art critic based in Ireland), Drawing Intelligence, Weimar Mouth catalogue, Blueleaf Gallery 2003
Dr. Joachim Beug (retired German professor UCC), Sitting for Suzy, Weimar Mouth catalogue, Blueleaf Gallery 2003
Contemporary Art From Cork C2, Published by the Crawford Municipal Gallery and Gandon Editions 2005
Backwater Artists: 20 Years in the Bag, published by Backwater Artists, essays by Vera Ryan, 2010
UCC catalogue, essays by Vera Ryan
Imago Mundi Catalogue
LA Scene, Skotia Gallery, LA weekly, Dec. 2 – 8, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2011
RTE Radio 1, The Arts Show, May 21st 2009
Aidan Dunne, Art to fill the void created by loss, Irish Times, May 14th 2009
Coagula art Journal, Suzy O’ Mullane At Skotia Gallery, By admin2 | February 9, 2012 - 12:23 pm
Anna Crudge, Art Reflecting Life and Death, Irish Examiner, 21 May 2009
Rosita Sweetman: Haunting Art From the Heart, Irish Times Magazine, May 16, 2009
LA Scene, Skotia Gallery, LA weekly, Dec. 2 – 8, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2011
David Looby, Art in the Heart of Wexford, Wexford Echo (Opera Guide), 2006
Aidan Dunne, Paradise Lost but Atmosphere Found, Irish Times March 2005
Aidan Dunne, Playing all Parts In A Series of Portraits, Irish Times, 10 November 2003
Eoin English, Author Higgins a work of art, Irish Examiner, 23 September 2003
Alannah Hopkin, A Celebration of Portraiture, Irish Examiner, 16 September 2003
Aidan Dunne, Snapshots of a Lost and Quieter Era, Irish Times, July 2001
Suzy O’ Mullane
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
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