Sunday, August 7, 2016


Olivier Cornet Gallery

Curated by Olivier Cornet and Eoin Mac Lochlainn

July - August 2016

Artists:  Gallery artists Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford and invited artists David Fox, Beatrice O'Connell, John O'Grady, Eve Parnell, Mary Plunkett and Lorcan Walshe.

This year Eoin Mac Lochlainn kindly asked me to be a part of a group exhibition commemorating the Easter Rising of 1916. He asked me to think about the goals of the Proclamation and whether they had been fulfilled. I chose the line about 'cherishing all of the children of the nation equally'. In making these works I was thinking about the dominance of the Catholic Church along with the State in educating our children and the setting up of Mother and Baby homes and Magdalene Laundries around the country. The survivors of these institutions had a long battle to receive any form of redress and 95% of our schools are run by the Catholic Church. Though I know times have changed the Catholic Church had a real hold over everyone's lives for so long and society judged women and girls particularly badly during my mother's short life time. My mother died before divorce was allowed or contraception without a prescription. Single mothers or separated women were persona non grata until the mid eighties in Dublin. The marriage equality referendum for me was a beacon of hope that life in Ireland is changing for the better.

 My pieces are called "Cherish the Children 1 -Rosary" Oil painting and installation, box containing copybook paper with a prayer written on it (thanks to my daughter Ailsa for writing it out for me xxx). "Cherish the Children II -Tuam" oil painting and installation, box containing bird bones. "Cherish the Children III" oil and acrylic painting. The show runs until the end of August, details are here:

Here is a link to Education Equality who are campaigning for equal access and equal respect during the school day regardless of religion:

Friday, September 4, 2015

Life drawings 2014-15

Here is a selection of life drawings from the Royal Hibernian Academy's life drawing sessions. The studies of the moving man took about fifteen minutes and the more detailed drawings took the most time, taking me about two and a half hours each. The last piece was selected to be in the Royal Ulster Academy's Annual Exhibition in Belfast opening in October 2015.

Friday, October 4, 2013

New Drawings back in Dublin

Back to Dublin, to the cold and a house full of paintings.  I really have to get rid of some soon.
Here are some images I've been working from the life drawing class at the RHA. I've found myself to be very rusty, good to exercise my eye and try to concentrate. Fantastic to see the work of others, everyone has their own way of approaching the subject. I'm thinking about how to make the figure more three dimensional and showing weight in a sculptural way.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

My New Website!

Here's my new website, let me know what you think are there some pieces I left out or should I get rid of a few?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Border Art Prize

In other news, here is the piece accepted for the Border Art Prize exhibition 2012. This annual exhibition was held in the Tweed River Art Gallery, a beautiful regional Art gallery in a spectacular setting:
and the Border Art Prize:

From the rainforest to the shore, new Australian works

Here are a few new pieces, all 16 x 23cms and acrylic and pencil on mdf panels. They can be seen up in Gallery Works, Mount Tambourine, Friday to Sunday until the end of January 2013.

Monday, November 5, 2012

DREAMSCAPES Exhibition opening Saturday 24th November at 2pm

Gallery Works

Invites you  to the exhibition opening 
on Saturday 24th November at 2pm 

Beatrice O'Connell is an artist visiting Australia.
Her work engages with social 
and environmental history.

  Gallery Works
Gallery Hours Thursday to Monday 11am to 4pm

1 Bartle Road Mount Tamborine 4272

Telephone: 5545 4590

Exhibition concludes:  30th January 2013 

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