Three members of a well-known County Tipperary family, who have distinguished themselves in the art world, will hold an Art Exhibition “Never, Never Be An Artist Unless You Want A Wonderful Life” in the Source Art Gallery, Thurles, opening on Thursday, December 6th, and continuing until Friday, January 25th.
The leading artists are Paul O’Reilly of Moycarkey and his talented daughters, Suzannah O’Reilly of Killoscully, Newport, and Vanessa O’Reilly, London. Paul, who has an MA in Art History, is a former Curator of Limerick City Gallery of Art and he and his wife, Peggy, lived for ten years in Mexico where their daughters were born.
The exhibition, featuring a selection of the trio’s work, will feature traditional oil painting, contemporary printmaking and Multimedia Installation and is truly well worth a visit.
Suzannah O‘Reilly, like her sisters, is a past pupil of Pouldine National School and the Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, where she enjoyed playing basketball. Suzannah and her husband, Bill Mullanney, have four children, twins, Jack and Malachy Mullanney, and Caroline, whom we met at the Limerick Printmakers Exhibition, officially opened at the Source by Ms Melanie Scott, Nenagh, Arts Officer for North Tipperary. The fourth child, Alannah, was doing her Junior Cert at the time.
Suzannah, who was initially taught by her father, Paul, has a Degree and Masters in Art and Printmaking from Limerick School of Art and Design.
Her sister, Vanessa work as an artist in London and her sister, Siobhan, is an artist working in the Limerick City Gallery of Art.
Another sister, Cristin, is an artist based in Newport.
Suzannah, who has taken part in a number of group art exhibitions, was awarded the North Tipperary County Council Solo Art Exhibition in the Civic Offices in Nenagh last year and she has also directed some very successful Artist in Primary School Scheme projects in County Tipperary, according to Arts Officer, Melanie Scott.
Melanie Scott at a recent exhibition told us that the North Tipperary connection with Printmakers goes back to her first meeting with Melissa O’ Brien, Director of Limerick Printmakers Studio and Gallery in Limerick about 2000 and has developed in recent years through their connections with Suzannah O’Reilly.
Ms Scott said, ”In my view Limerick Printmakers is an important resource organisation in the region for a number of reasons. I am continually struck by the level of activity of the organisation, including some really interesting and innovative initiatives such as the 24 hour print popup-a print marathon of sorts whereby twelve artists and six printmaking presses and 24 hours in a gallery with a live online stream opened up the artistic and creative process in an unusual way.”
Melanie pointed out that membership of the Limerick Printmakers (some 57 people) includes artists at all stages of their careers, from beginners and midcareer to established artists.