Mary Rose Keane is a native of Donegal, now living in Galway for the past 18 years. After graduating with a Masters in social Work, she works as a social worker in the health and social services. During this time she has always used her creatively to initiate and support socially engaged art projects. This led her into the area of third level education and she lectured on the BA in Social Studies and the BA in Early Years Studies in Athlone Institute of Technology in the area of creative studies and art facilitation. In 2015 she published a children’s book Up Up & A Play, Over 80 engaging crafts and activities from the past to ignite your child’s imagination.  Mary Rose has a Diploma in Interior Design and trained in couture millinery and had her millinery business for a number of years. Being a self taught visual artist up until 2015, finally she decided to bite the bullet and return to college to study for a BA in Contemporary Art.

Mary Rose takes everyday interactions and and recreates artwork based on them. The artwork is an exploration of  an emotive response to a place, scene, interaction. Its about a sense or feeling rather than a representation of a particular scene or object. Mary rose is interested in light and how it interacts with subjects to create something new, ephemeral, like a little bit of passing magic. Another theme in her work are the elements of chance, and the play between realism and abstraction. This is explored through layering the mediums of paint and photography.

Mary Rose lives in Galway with her young family, her husband Brendan and sons Thomas and Jonathan.