Mairead O’hEochaRathmines Church and Diner, 2018
Oil on Board
63 × 84 cm
Mairead O’hEocha makes paintings that reflect her interest in ‘the specifics of (non)place’, affirming and negating the unique and the universal. O’hEocha’s iconic paintings of liminal, semi-rural places, particularly, south eastern Ireland, carry conflicted identities and confused historical timelines: the ancient, the poetic, the sublime sidles up to the contemporary, the unsightly, and the simple daily realities of factories, washing lines, garbage bins – all the elements usually excluded by the painter’s composition.
The meticulous architectonic execution of her paintings creates an anxious narrative that simultaneously undermines and supports pictorial logic, prompting contradictory responses of familiarity and remoteness, of longing for and belonging to a simultaneously familiar and alien contemporary world. More recently, since ceasing to teach and consequently no longer making extensive driven commutes through the Irish landscape, O’hEocha’s subject matter has shifted/widened to include scenes experienced from daily walks, to subjects of perennial painterly fascination; stilled life.
Mairead O’hEocha held her fourth solo exhibition, Irises in the Well, with mother’s tankstation, London, in 2018 and in 2019 was invited to particpate in Slow Painting, a 2019-2020 UK touring group exhibition curated by the writer and critic Martin Herbert. Tale Ends & Eternal Wakes, O’hEocha’s most recent solo exhibition, opened in April 2020 at the Temple Bar Gallery + Studios in Dublin. Other notable exhibitions include: Shaping Ireland: Intervention and Representation in Irish Landscape Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin (2019); A Painter’s Doubt: Painting & Phenomenology, Salzburger Kunstverein (2017); 2116: Forecast of the Next Century, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork, traveling to Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2016 – 2017), amongst others. O'hEocha’s acclaimed, second museum exhibition, via An Lár, at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2011) was reviewed in Frieze, no. 141 and selected as an Artforum critics’ picks of 2011. Her work is featured in the third issue of the survey publication of contemporary painting; ‘Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting’ (2016) and in June 2018, AmC Collezione Coppola, Vicenza, Italy published a SOLO magazine monograph on the artist. In 2020, O’hEocha’s painting Orangutang, Natural History Museum (2020) was acquired for the national collection by the National Gallery of Ireland and included in the National Gallery’s New Perspectives exhibition which opened in June 2021. O’hEocha was also elected a member of Ireland’s acclaimed Aosdána association in October 2020.
Courtesy the artist and mother’s tankstation Dublin | London
Colin Crotty, Eithne Jordan, Eleanor McCaughey, Fergus Martin, Kathy Tynan, Mairead O’hEocha, Alison Pilkington, Brian Maguire, Colin Martin, Gabhann Dunne, Gemma Browne, Gillian Lawler, John Lalor, Natasha Conway, Orla Whelan, Oscar Fouz Lopez, Stephen Loughman, Marcel Vidal, Harry Walsh Foreman, Mark O'Kelly, Patrick Graham, Salvatore of Lucan, Sonia Shiel, Sven Sandberg, Liliane Puthod, Forerunner, Sean Molloy, Sean Molloy
About the Exhibition
Pallas Projects present ‘Dubliners’ – the international section of the 6th Biennial of Painting, Zagreb, curated by Mark Cullen & Gavin Murphy. The exhibition affords a unique opportunity to present together for the first time, an intergenerational grouping of painters who were born, bred, studied (and taught), or live and work in Dublin. The invitation to curate such a survey of contemporary painting presents a huge opportunity, and invites its own questions. It allows us to consider: what does it mean to present a national (or municipal) exhibition today? What does (or can) such an exhibition say about a city, its people? What does it mean within the expanded topography of contemporary art with its multiple and unlimited forms? What does such an exhibition say about artists (or painters) working together in a city. Can we trace traits of influence, exchange and conversation, of a ‘community of painting’, or is painting the ‘purest form of individualism’?
Saturday 23rd October, 5pm CET
Panel discussion: What is it to paint (in) a city?
Artist talk moderated by critic, curator and educator James Merrigan, with panellists Stephen Loughman, Colin Martin, Mark O’Kelly, Sonia Shiel, Orla Whelan.
Wednesday 27th October, 6pm CET
Dubliners Reel, curated by Eve Woods
A screening of film works by Irish artists, featuring: Anne Maree Barry, John Byrne, Michelle Doyle, Kevin Gaffney, Léann Herlihy, and Gavin Murphy.
Pallas Projects/Studios (founded 1996) is a not-for-profit artist-run organisation dedicated to the facilitation of artistic production and discourse, via the provision of affordable artists studios in Dublin’s city centre, and curated projects, exhibitions, exchanges, off-site projects, talks, resource programmes, and publications. PP/S are at the forefront of research, advocacy and support of artist-run practice in Ireland and across Europe. They are authors of the research project and publication ‘Artist-Run Europe’ (Onomatopee, Eindhoven, 2016), which included contributions from AA Bronson, Transmission Gallery, Triangle France, and Eastside Projects and featured essays, case studies, and an index of 600 European artist-run spaces – a second updated edition of which is due in 2022.
Pallas Projects/Studios is funded by The Arts Council
‘Dubliners’ is funded by Culture Ireland
About the Biennial of Painting
The Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU) established the Biennial of Painting in 2011. The Biennial’s aim is to survey and evaluate the local painting scene in the context of new European movements and explore, through comparison, the global position of the medium of painting. In this way, HDLU promotes the development of the visual arts by supporting and encouraging artistic creativity and excellence, and by conceiving and promoting international cultural exchange. Conferences, lectures and presentations are organised as part of a Biennial on the initiative of the organisers, to both educate and inspire. Traditionally two awards (Grand Prix and Young Artist Award) – extremely valuable from an expert artistic and financial point of view – are awarded to the most prominent artists and their work.
As well as presenting what is new in Croatian painting today, each edition of the Biennial engages with new and emerging tendencies in the medium of painting across various cities, regions and countries of Europe. In 2011, the guest city was Berlin (“I am a Berliner”, curated by Mark Gisbourne), in 2013 Vienna (“Vienna Calling”, curated by Theresia Hauenfels), in 2015 it was Gdańsk (“Exporting Gdańsk”, curated by Katarzyna Kosmala), in 2017 Prague (“Extended Painting Prag”, curated by Marek Schovanek), and in 2019 Leipzig (“Leipzig Connection”, curated by Mark Gisbourne).
HDLU is located in the famous Meštrović Pavilion in central Zagreb. It consists of three exhibition spaces: Prsten Gallery, Bačva Gallery, and PM Gallery. Its mission and openness aims to foster all expressions of creativity, from prestigious world premieres and biennials to grassroots movements, with the desire to inspire and motivate the public through art.