By Ann McCoy
JUNE 2018 | ArtSeen
Helen O’Leary’s work, which has its formation in Irish linguistics, gives us an inspired version of an Irish art rooted in a sense of place in rural Ireland. The late nineteenth century Gaelic revival (Athbheochan na Gaeilge), advocated for a return to the Irish language, and O’Leary’s psyche is firmly planted in that tongue. O’Leary’s art originates from a life lived on a farm in rural Ireland, and a spiritual connection to that land and rural way of life. In a time when many younger Irish artists have adopted critical theory, digital technology, and international styles severed from their cultural roots, O’Leary’s work possesses a life-lived authenticity and hands-on craftsmanship that sets it apart.
By George Rush
OCT 2020 | Critics Page
With the notable exception of the brilliant Beverly Fishman, who encouraged us to question all forms of painting, my education didnt really consider the sides of paintings. They were painted whitethat ever-problematic stand-in for neutralityor stained by action on the front, but more often simply ignored.