One of Ireland’s leading painters, Tony O’Malley was born in Callan in 1913. Self taught, he rose to the position of Saoi with Aosdana by the end of his successful career.
O’Malley began painting while recovering from an illness, left his job as a bank official and moved to Cornwall, where he lived for several decades before returning to Ireland. He also spent time living in the Bahamas.
His abstract landscapes are noted for their use of colour, texture and spirituality. He described himself: “Abstraction does enable you to get under the surface, to get beyond appearance, and to express the mind.”
Among his awards were: Lifetime Achievement Award, Douglas Hyde Gold Medal, Guardian Art Critics Award, Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College of Dublin.