MARY ROSE KEANE

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GALLERY

An Inside Look

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Artist Statement

My art is inspired by my everyday surroundings. I’m fortunate to be living along the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland. I’m interested in the ordinary, unremarkable things most people don’t even notice. It could be colours or patterns in nature, landscape or a comment somebody makes. We have a rich culture here in Ireland full of interesting people. Having traveled quite a bit I find the Irish perspective on life unique and full of optimism. I take these interactions and try to recreate them in my artwork. Abstract concepts explore an emotive response to a place, scene, interaction. Its about a sense or feeling rather than a representation of a particular scene or object.



I’m interested in light and how it interacts with subjects to create something new, ephemeral. It’s like a little bit of passing magic.


Another theme in my work are the elements of chance, and the play between realism and abstraction. This is explored through layering of mediums. My work is about paint as a medium and the process of painting as well as an interpretation of a subject.


I work in an intuitive way. I notice colour and colour combinations all around me. I then transfer these observations to my painting. I often use different unconventional tools for application such as kitchen utensils, branches etc. I find my finger the best applicator of all. It allows me to stay free and expressive.

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