The main aim of my body of work ‘World Without End’ is to express the fragility of life, through my own journey and family history and also through a sense of connection with people worldwide that may have had similar experiences in their lives. I have a particular interest in art, trauma and healing and this has always been the essence of my work.
The theme of these allegorical paintings is investigated by use of symbolic figures, animals, motifs and elemental backgrounds alongside exploration of surfaces, layers, textures and colours to evoke memories or emotions. The line between the real and the imaginary is often blurred and a sense of letting go in the painting is connected to a sense that life and destiny are beyond our control. Colours define the moods of both sombreness and joy in the pieces. The paintings always aim to be spiritually uplifting.
EDUCATION: B.A. (Hons) Degree - Fine Art 2007
Higher Diploma Community Arts Education 2008
Bologna City Council - San Stefano
Burrell Marketing & Publicity
Dept. of Foreign Affairs
ESB Art Collection
Fingal Insurance Brokers
IMPACT Trade Union
Microsoft Art Collection
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2009
WICKLOW - ESB Art Collection - Wicklow County Council
Dungannon Arts Festival - Trauma & Transformation - Art on the Hill
Art Trail - Bray Arts Festival
Artenade & Red Cross - Essex - U.K.
Signal Arts Centre - Annual Exhibition
Delgany Annual Art Exhibition
Launch BlackWater Valley Mill Arts Centre
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS: 2008
Tallin Winter Exhibition - Artenade World Gallery -Tann Estonia
Dungannon Arts Festival -'Art on the Hill'
Dublin Culture Night - 'Storytelling' @ Crow Gallery
'Bona Fide' - Courtyard Gallery - Middleton Cork
Art of Caring - Diamond Exhibition- Belfast
Signal Arts Centre - Annual Group Exhibition
Art Around the Town - Bray Arts Festival
Rathmines Arts Festival - European Meetings -D.I.T.
Passengers - Waterford Healing Arts Trust, Waterford Hospital
SOLO EXHIBITION 2007
WORLD WITHOUT END - Signal Arts Centre
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2007
The Crow Gallery Christmas Show - Temple Bar
SCRATCH - 50 New & Emerging Artists C.H.Q Docklands Dublin
Il Barattolo 'Meeting Europe' - FilmBase Temple Bar
Microsoft Ireland Art Exhibition - Sandyford
The Light Within - 3 Person Show - Crow Gallery
Catalyst Arts Annual Show - Belfast
The Shape of Things to Come - Imagine - Waterford Arts Festival
Birds & Their Habitat - Crow Gallery - Dublin Culture Night
Mermaid Greenstar Open Submission Exhibition - Mermaid Arts Centre
Creation to Faith - St. Teresa's Church - Clarendon St.
Portraits of Pain - Launch sponsored by Pfizer.
Bolognetti 'The Room of Silence' -San Vitale, Bologna
Arte Estate '07 Il Barattolo - Bologna, Italy
'PORTRAITS OF PAIN' sponsored by Pfizer Healthcare - Featured on Capital 'D' - R.T.E. 1 April 2007
'NCAD PUBLIC ARTS PLACEMENT PROGRAMME'- IMMA
THE ROSE PROJECT STUDENT ART AWARDS 2007-shortlist
THE MARKIEVICH MEDAL AWARDS 2005 - shortlist
For a selection of work by Barbara O'Meara click here.
Exhibition Spring 2010- Cockleshell Gallery - Duncannon Fort - Co. Wexford - Opening 12March - end of April