'The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.'
Mary's studio is set in a beautiful secluded family farm in the shadow of 16th century Ballynahow Castle, near Thurles in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. She studied Art as a mature student, having been interested in it all her life. She also has a degree in Business and worked in Education.
Mary Finn's paintings are contemporary. She is a storyteller fascinated by human expression. Her work is most often figurative and inspired by aspects of, and people in her own life and parish, as well as her great interest in Popular music, drama, farm and Country life. She wants the viewer to find his or her own interpretation. She takes a long time to complete a picture working on small sketches until she is satisfied, pushing the limits of the materials she uses. The final works are a combination of her sketches, photographs and memory.
She keeps her practice fresh and alive by working daily in her studio and at places like The Tyrone Guthrie Center at Annaghmakerrig where she goes for residencies and to explore new ideas.
She attends the Slade Summer School at University College London annually, where she has studied the expanded field of drawing, contemporary painting, contemporary portraiture and colour relationships. In her conceptual work, Mary has covered topics such as surveillance and privacy in relation to photography and the image. In January 2016 she had a very successful exhibition in Cambridge "Dear Miss O'Connell" which explored the effects of the "marriage bar" on women in Ireland.
She accepts commissions.
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