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  • Claremorris Gallery is pleased to present the colour of distance, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Bernadette Kiely. The exhibition will open…

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Tony O'Malley
Born in Callan, County Kilkenny, Tony O’Malley worked as a bank official before pursuing his artistic career. He began painting in earnest while convalescing after a serious illness and in 1951 he began to exhibit his work.
In 1955 he visited St. Ives in Cornwall, then an important center of abstract art and home to Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, and Bryan Wynter, whom he met and worked with on his trip. He returned again in 1957 and in 1958 he retired from the bank to paint full time. He settled in St Ives in 1960. In 1973 O'Malley married the painter Jane O’Malley, and through the mid 70s he and his wife spent time in the Bahamas and in O'Malley's native Callan. Tony O’Malley has been widely recognized as one of the leading Irish painters of his time, with major exhibitions throughout Ireland and the United States. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Glen Dimplex Award for a Sustained Contribution to the Visual Arts in Ireland, he was a member of Aosdána and was elected Saoi in 1993. When he died in 2003 he was regarded as one of Ireland's leading painters. His work is held in many public and private collections in Ireland and throughout the world.  The Irish Museum of Modern Art displayed a major retrospective of his work in 2005.


 

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