Kilkenny exhibition of Jane O'Malley's work opens in Butler Gallery

Sean Keane

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Sean Keane

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Kilkenny exhibition of Jane O'Malley's work opens in Butler Gallery

Shirley Lanigan, former director of the Butler Gallery with Jane O'Malley in the gallery on Saturday for the opening of Jane's ehibition

The over-riding theme of the wonderful exhibition of black and white works by Jane O’Malley at the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny Castle is one of love for her late husband, Tony, writes Sean Keane.
Some of the most haunting images on display are of the two of them working away together or just sitting, enjoying the view at the back of their home in The Bahamas.
His influence is everywhere and the exhibition will also be remembered for the simplicity of the lines drawn by Jane O'Malley.
Indeed fellow artist, Kathleen Holohan had nothing but praise for the works which span over 40 years in a variety of like pen and ink, charcoal and conté.
This collection of works on paper charts a journey from St Ives in Cornwall to Clare Island in County Mayo, and from there to Physicanstown, outside Callan with many exotic trips to the Bahamas, the Tropics and Lanzarote.
It reads almost like a travelogue. No matter where they landed the O’Malley’s captured the essence of life around them.
In his last days Tony O’Malley kept reminding Jane to keep working; “Janie, promise me you will keep on with your work”.
True to her word, Jane has continued to draw and paint and has added to her exceptional body of work.
This diverse selection of works in black, white and grey display a range and skill set that is the backbone of all her work over the past four decades.
The works are full of curiosity and joy and provide an intimate glimpse into a life richly lived.
Even though they are sparse, they give a great insight into the colour and variety of life enjoyed by the couple over many years across different time zones.
Jane, who is recovering from surgery, was overwhelmed by the response to the work at the opening on Saturday and to the accompanying hard back , book on the exhibition which proved very popular.
Jane will give an insight into the work on display on Wednesday, February, 7 at 1pm in the gallery.