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about gill


My name is Gill O'Shea and I am an Irish visual artist based in Dublin. My work explores themes of identity and convention.

In 2017 I started work on my 'In the Flesh' series. This work comes from a deep desire to break free of convention and celebrate the those who are brave enough to be different. Prior to returning to art on a full-time basis I struggled for over 15 years working in a corporate job feeling that I wasn't being true to myself. In the Flesh expresses my moment of becoming free and breaking with the conventions I had created in my life.

The series In the Flesh features large scale paintings depicting my fictitious alter ego Val. The works capture the artist's obsession with the form and luminosity of the flesh in sensuous, vibrant watercolour. The figures are cropped such that the torso fills the frame and confronts the viewer with its unconventional beauty and form. While the torsos are clearly female, the harsh bald faces appear masculine. The exhibition seeks to expose viewers to an alternative reality to elicit truth. Will the viewer share the artists appreciation of the sitters flesh or be appalled by a natural naked human with a uncertain gender?

Artist CV


B.A. (1st Class Hons.) in Fine Art specialising in Interdisciplinary Sculpture, DIT, School of Art, Design and Printmaking.

Solo Exhibitions

2017    'Vogue in the Afternoon', Kilkenny Arts Festival Fringe, Kilkenny, Ireland 

2017    “Titanium”, Mimosa, Carlow Arts Festival Fringe, Carlow, Ireland

2017    “Blush”, The Pigyard Gallery, Wexford, Ireland

2016    “Dabble in Art”, The Copperhouse Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2016    “Showcase in the Potting Shed”, The Old Yard, Kildare, Ireland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018    “Altered”, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, USA

2018    “Femme”, VfD, London, UK

2018    “140th Annual Exhibition”, Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, Dublin, Ireland

2017    'No Fixed Abode', The Copperhouse Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2017    “Fresh Paint”, Picton Gallery, Pembrokeshire, UK

2017    “Pin Up”, Classic Cars West, Oakland Art Murmur, San Francisco, USA

2017    “Chelsea Fringe Festival”, Oxford House, London, UK

2017    “Incognito”, Solomon Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

2017    “Flora and Fauna”, Bauhaus Prairie Art Online Gallery, Oklahoma, USA

2017    “Annual Group Exhibition”, Green Acres Gallery, Wexford, Ireland

2017    “Pin Ups Bowie”, The Green Gallery, St. Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland

2004    “Green Tea”, Joint exhibition with John Mayock, Cockleshell Gallery, Wexford, Ireland

2004    “Platform 059”, Carlow Institute of Technology, Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, Ireland

2004    “DIT Fine Art Graduate Show”, Portland Row, Dublin, Ireland


Awards and Prizes

2017    Special Recognition Award, ‘Animals’ Group Show, Light Space Time Gallery

2017    Honourable Mention, ‘Nature’s Beauty Art Exhibition’, International Gallery of the Arts

2017    Best of Show, Flora and Fauna Group Show, Bauhaus Prairie Art Gallery

2004    Student of Academic Excellence, DIT School of Art, Design & Printmaking

2004    Best Fine Art Student, final year DIT School of Art, Design & Printmaking


Commercial Galleries

2017    The Kenny Gallery, Galway Ireland

2017    The Purple Onion, Roscommon, Ireland

2017    The Kildare Gallery, Kildare, Ireland

2017     The Russell Gallery, The Burren, Clare, Ireland



One of 25 artists selected to be included in the ArtisTank Catalogue Vol 2. 2017

Featured in “Top 100 Hot Start Ups” Supplement of the Sunday Business Post, 23rd April 2017

Selected to be featured in Average Art Magazine, May 2017

Selected to be featured in Average Art Magazine, April 2017

Elaine O’Regan, “High Flyer Leaves the World of Finance to Dabble in Art”, The Sunday Business Post, February 5th 2017

Mark Paul, Back Page of the Business Section, The Irish Times, December 16


Societies / Clubs   

Watercolour Society of Ireland, member since 2018

Dublin Art Society, member since 2017