Irene O’Neill

“Atmospheric and vibrant landscapes are created with expressive mark-making. As the paintings evolve the palette may change from hot to cool reflecting the constantly changing climate of the planet.. The paintings at times may not reference recognisable forms but rather deconstruct landscape.”

Forest Glow - Charcoal and pencil on Fabriano 45 x 65 cm

Irene O’Neill is a Kildare-based artist who works in Dublin. She graduated from NCAD in 2019 and her Degree Thesis which was commended is held in the NCAD Library’s collection. Her practice is grounded in both drawing and painting. Her paintings are abstracted and loosely figurative. The work ranges from paintings to mixed media and ink drawings. At times collage is used to construct images as painting references.  Since graduation, Irene spent two years with BKB Studios in Dublin 13. She is currently based in Pallas Studios, Dublin 8.

O’Neill’s practice responds to the phenomena of Climate Change. Her work ranges from abstracted to figurative responding to loss of habitats and environmental damage due to a changing planet because of climate change due to global warming. Canvases range in size and are executed in oils, acrylics, and mixed media. O’Neill also draws as part of her visual practice and produces drawings using charcoal and ink.

Previous exhibitions include Rua Red Open Show (2020), CIACLA USA online in 2020, Courtyard Gallery winter open in Ennistymon 2020 and 2021, and members exhibition with BKB Studios in 2021. Online digital exhibitions include Artnet DLR, Nua Collective, Pepney Gallery, Slow Lane Gallery and Artists Talk Magazine, digital display Times Square New York. 

O’Neill recently completed a CPD in Drawing and Painting with RHA Gallery School accredited by Technology University, Dublin.  She lists her many influences as Diebenkorn, Frankenthaler, Hockney, Morisot, and Caroline Walker.

O Neill is a member of Artnet Dun Laoire, and Nua Collective.  She is an associate Member of Visual Artists Ireland.

Fire 2 - Oil on canvas 33 x 33 in.
Forestia - Acrylic on canvas 32 x 32 in.
Forestia no 3 - Watercolour and mixed media 35 x 35 cm
And the Land became Sea no 3 - Oil on canvas 70 x 70 cm

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