Gerry O’Mahony is a graduate of LSAD Limerick. He has lived in Ireland, Israel and Malawi. On returning from Africa he became a member of one of Limerick’s first artist collectives (All + 10 sorts), and exhibited at length with the group. His first solo exhibition was in the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick, and subsequently he has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. His work is in private and public collections in Ireland and abroad, including Limerick County and City Councils, Government buildings, Dublin, and Berlemonte Buildings, Brussels. His most recent show was at Draiocht, Blanchardstown Art Centre, Dublin in 2015. O’Mahony lives in County Clare and has been a member of Contact Studios, Limerick, since 2005.
Originally trained as a sculptor, his output for many years has been in painting. Working in mixed media, his pieces combine watercolour, gold leaf, and acrylic, using a layering process to give an impression of marks floating on and within the surface. He employs a vocabulary of symbols and characters in work which distorts the line between painting and drawing. The work though not allegorical, flows between the visible and the concealed, the effervescent and the obscure.
His upcoming solo show “Changing Shadows” is a combination of sculptural work and paintings, and will be on show in the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, from May 6th to June 2nd 2016. This exhibition shows parallel strands of O’Mahony’s practice. He works in series, often on a number of paintings at a time, shifting back and forth between the various pieces to create a body of work. Some pieces explore the power of words to produce a positive or negative response in the listener. Other paintings examine the nature of change as discussed in the allegory of Plato’s Cave, which explores the idea that it is easier to live in the shadows than to move out beyond a self-imposed comfort zone.
The exhibition will be opened at 8pm on the 6th of May by Helena Close, a writer from Limerick. A novelist, playwright and teacher, she recently completed the inaugural M.A. in Creative Writing in University of Limerick. “Changing shadows” will run at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, from May 6th to June 2nd 2016.