Mary Rose Keane is a visual artist, a native of Donegal, now living in Galway on the west coast of Ireland. Keane studied Contemporary Art in Atlantic Technological University.  After graduating with a Masters in Social Work. She uses her unique set of skills combining her artistic and social work skills to work as an educator and in socially engaged projects..

Water drops near a stack of stones

Artist Statement

Mary Rose Keane is a visual artist based in Galway in the beautiful west coast of Ireland. Mary Rose has always been fascinated by the experience of art making itself. The feeling of her hands interacting with the materials, the moments before and after mark making. The materials and their interactions direct the piece taking on a life of their own. She is fascinated by the subtle shifts due to seasonal changes in the colour palette in her environment and physical surroundings.  Her work is the accumulation of: feelings, memories, landscape, subconscious and conscious thoughts that form into colours and shapes that she interacts with on canvas.   


Her work is primarily driven by the way she experiences the world visually. She tries to capture the energy and emotion of particular place or experience using colour and shape. Keane’s constant fascination with colour and how they rest together creating their own unique energy is a key theme in her work. Another key part to her practice is the fact she has grown up surrounded by the rugged landscape of the west coast and this is a major theme that continues to bring life and vision to her work.


Mary Rose is passionate about the  impact artwork can have within a physical space and how this impacts on mood and quality of life.