Geraldine O’Reilly


Geraldine O’Reilly lives in Killucan, Co. Westmeath where she has a studio. She received a degree in Fine Art Painting from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1983. In 1989 she received a Fulbright Scholarship to continue her studies in New York City. She joined Graphic Studio Dublin in 1994 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2006 and was appointed Chairperson 2008- 2009. She was honoured for her contribution to the Arts in 2004 when she was elected a member of Aosdána.

Artist Statement

I’m a visual artist working in a number of mediums – Painting, drawing, print making and photography. I also work as an artist in the community and have created many projects in conjunction with children, adults and senior citizens. I have worked as an art teacher in the prison system and worked as a fine art lecturer and art tutor. With my own artwork I like to work in series and there is usually a narrative underpinning the artwork. I have created a number of exhibitions which involved extensive historical and social history research. Recently I won a number of commissions including % for art. My artwork is always evolving. I have added to my skills base over the years which I feel gives me a flexibility in terms of mediums when responding to my subject matter. Much of my art deals with the ‘ordinary’ and in making it visible through the art making process. I collect fragments of peoples’ lives – the fragments chosen for their particular resonance or meaning – acting like plumb lines in the story.

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