Niamh O’Malley was born in Co Mayo, Ireland, in 1975. She works in various techniques and is interested in the fabricated nature of the viewing experience. Her practice has in the past explored the concerns and effects of traditional painting and cinema by literally merging the two mediums. Both unsettling and mesmerizing, O’Malley’s work has been described as operating “between the notion of realistic ‘truth’ associated with the documentary form and the illusionistic realism of the traditional hand painted image.”
(Brenda Moore McCann, Circa Art Magazine, Winter 2006)
O’Malley received a PhD in practice-led research from University of Ulster, Belfast in 2003 and was awarded the International Studio Programme Residency at PS1, MoMa, 2003/04 and the Northern Irish Fellowship at The British School at Rome, 2000 & the Artist Residency Programme Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2008. Recent exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Kenworthy-Ball, Zurich, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin Galerie Baumet Sultana, Paris, Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, PS1, MoMa, New York. Her work is included in the collections of the Hugh Lane, Dublin City Gallery and the Arts Council of Ireland.
The residency is organised with the support of The Arts Council of Ireland and Culture Ireland as well as the Finnish Institute in London and Frame – Finnish Fund for Art Exchange as part of the annual artists’ exchange programme between HIAP and Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin.