Images shown: Reclaiming the bog

Symphony of Colour an exhibition by artist Mary Geeleher continues at University Hospital Galway until 31 October 2016. The exhibition recently launched by James C. Harrold, City Arts Officer can be found on the Arts Corridor and features new and recent works.

Through her arts practice Mary Geeleher likes to use brilliant colour, layering on different plates. This body of work is a response to her visual observations and fascination with the effects light and the changing seasons have on the Irish landscape. Mary states: “I work a lot using carborundum; I can get lots of tone and velvety finishes with this technique and it gives a very different finish to other types of printmaking. It’s a relief technique that uses textured plates, so it creates different effects on the print. I sometimes overprint with a drypoint plate or silk screen. I like the scratching and scraping that occurs in creating a drypoint print. I feel it relates to the farmer tilling the land.”

Margaret Flannery, Arts Director at GUH said, “Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is delighted to host this exhibition on the Arts Corridor where patients and staff have an opportunity to engage with the artwork that evokes a spirit of place, whether familiar Galway City scenes or imagery depicting the rural countryside.”

Mary Geeleher, a former nurse in University Hospital Galway, was born in Cork and she grew up on a farm. Her rural background has been a big influence on her art. Mary attended Art College in Galway as a mature student and qualified with an Honours Degree in Fine Art in 2004.She has spent many years painting and printmaking but her passion is for traditional printmaking. Mary has exhibited extensively in Ireland, England, France, Australia, China, and USA. She has been invited to exhibit in Le Temps Des Sirènes; the International Women in Contemporary Art Biennial in Lorient in December 2016. She has been a member of Galway Printmakers since its foundation and is also a member of Visual Artists Ireland.

This exhibition was kindly supported by Éalaion na Gaeltachta.

For further information on the artist, artwork or sales contact Galway University Hospital Arts Trust at 091-544979 or email


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