A SERIES of paintings by Kilkenny artist Jane O’Malley that have never previously been seen in public are now on display in the Kilkenny Design Centre’s new evening restaurant.
The seven works are scenes from her travels in St Martin’s (Isles of Scilly), the Bahamas and Lanzarote.
Jane O’Malley was born in Montreal, Canada and she travelled between London, Australia, Japan and Switzerland before settling in St Ives in Cornwall in 1969. It was in this world-famous, artistic community that she met Tony O’Malley, an established and acclaimed artist from Callan.
In 1990 Jane and Tony moved to Physicianstown, close to Tony’s family home. The couple spent a number of working holidays in the Isles of Scilly, the Canaries and with Jane’s sister in the Bahamas, the Canary Islands and the Isles of Scilly; their paintings from this period echo the light and colour of these subtropical islands.
Initially Jane’s art was influenced by Tony, but she soon developed her own unique style. The source of inspiration for her work can come from the flowers in her garden or from objects she has collected on her travels: native jugs and vases, a carved spoon; these she recreates in her paintings, giving them a simple presence and imbuing them with the mystique of memory.
Jane has exhibited in Dublin and London and her work is included in private and public collections throughout the world. Since Tony’s death in 2003, Jane has continued to live and paint in Physicianstown; she has also renovated Tony’s family home in Callan where visiting artists can live and work for a year, thanks to the support of the Royal Hibernian Academy.