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about gillian


Gillian O’Shea is an emerging visual Irish artist. Her practice explores themes of transformation and
escapism through ambitious large-scale works that offer the public exciting new ways to engage with
contemporary art. O’Shea’s multidisciplinary immersive installations feature paper and fabric
sculptures, lighting and audio arranged to invite the viewer to escape their everyday routines. Gillian
graduated in 2004 with a first-class honour’s degree in fine art interdisciplinary sculpture and holds a
Masters in Art and Research Collaboration from IADT. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited in
Dublin, London and California. In 2019 O’Shea’s participatory installation, ‘Dawn’ was selected for
the 4th International Techstyle Art Biennial in San Jose USA, and in 2019 her ‘Lockdown’ painting
work was shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Artist CV


2022                      MA in Art & Research Collaboration, IADT, Dun Laoghaire

2011                      Professional qualification in Accounting, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

2004                      B.A. (1st Class Hons.) in Fine Art specialising in Interdisciplinary Sculpture, DIT

Solo Exhibitions:

2023                      all flesh, GOMA Gallery of Modern Art Waterford, Ireland. Curator Siobh McGrane    

2018                      Dawn, Mart Gallery and LIVESTOCK, Dublin, Ireland. Curators Deirdre Morrissey and                                        Francis Fay (LIVESTOCK)

2018                      Monthly Exhibition, Lennons @ Visual, Carlow, Ireland 

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:

2021                       IADT MA Graduate Exhibition, LAB Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. Curator Astrid Newman

2021                       Packed, Collaboration with Nicki Crock for, Riffe Gallery, Ohio, USA

2020                       Zurich Portrait Prize 2020, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland

2020                       Zurich Portrait Prize 2020, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

2019                       Social Commons, Liberty Hall Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. Curators Siobh McGrane

                                and Kathryn Maguire

2019                       Stranger than Fiction, Millepiani, Rome, Italy. Curator LoosenArt

2019                       Picture Imperfect, Dlr Lexicon Gallery and LIVESTOCK, Dublin, Ireland. Curator                                                 Francis Fay (LIVESTOCK)

2019                       International TECHstyle Art Biennial IV, SJMQT, San Jose, USA. Curator Amy DiPlacido

2018                       Watercolour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibition, Farmleigh House, Dublin, Ireland

2018                       Altered, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, USA. Curators Kathrine Worel and                                           Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov (OFFspace)

2018                       Femme, VfD – Vogue Fabrics, London, UK. Curator Kat Hudson.

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. Curators Nicky Philipps, Susie Philipps and                                 Chris Newell

2017                       Pin Up, Classic Cars West, Oakland Art Murmur, San Francisco, USA. Curators

                               Kathrine Worel and Emmanuelle Namont Kouznetsov (OFFspace)

2017                       Chelsea Fringe Festival, Oxford House, London, UK. Curator Fiona Polard.

2017                       Annual Group Exhibition, Green Acres Gallery, Wexford, 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


2021                      Street Art & Spectacle Bursary Award 2021, Arts Council of Ireland

2020                      Shortlisted for the Zurich Portrait Prize Award, National Gallery of Ireland

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

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

Selected Artist Residencies:

2022                      Studio Kura Artist in Residence Program, 1-month Residency Japan

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