Helen O’Leary

This US based, Irish artist disassembles and reassembles studio materials integral to the making of paintings, thereby rediscovering the pleasures of making art.  A recent Guggenheim prize-winner, her work appropriates the languages of art history, craft, and carpentry and transforms them into fields of light and texture that are provocative and joyful.  O’Leary studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and then went on to study at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.  She joined the faculty of the School of Visual Arts at Penn State University in 1991, where she is currently a Professor of Art.  A large installation of O’Leary’s work is currently on show at the MAC in Belfast through April 2016.


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