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Kildare > Arts > Holding on to the Outside - Exhibition of work by Tony O'Malley

Holding on to the Outside - Tony O'Malley

Paintings and Gouaches from the McClelland Collection
An exhibition of paintings and gouaches by the renowned Irish artist, Tony O'Malley opens in the Riverbank Arts Centre on Thursday 27th of June next at 8.00pm. Tony O'Malley is one of the leading figures in contemporary Irish art, having exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad since the 1950's.

Tony O'Malley was born in Callan Co Kilkenny in 1913. Self-taught as an artist, O'Malley had been drawing since he was a child but only began to paint during his hospitalisation with tuberculosis in the 1940s. In 1958 ill health caused his departure from the bank and gave him the opportunity to devote himself full-time to painting. Artist Tony O'Malley

In 1960 he moved to Cornwall, where a flourishing art community had developed around the small sea-side town of St Ives. It was here that he really found the freedom to paint without fear of censure or ridicule - a very different atmosphere from that which prevailed in the Ireland of the time. O'Malley remained in Cornwall until 1990 (apart from periods spent in the Bahamas) when he, with his artist wife Jane, returned to live full-time in Ireland.

The works included in the exhibition form part of a larger body of work on loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art from the McClelland Collection. George McClelland played an important role in developing the public profile of Tony O'Malley during the 1980s, and has kindly agreed to the loan of these works to the Riverbank Arts Centre.

The exhibition will be opened by Catherine Marshall (Senior Curator with IMMA) at 8.00 pm on Thursday 27th, and will continue until Saturday 27th of July. A television documentary on the life of O'Malley will be on view in the McKenna Gallery throughout the run of the exhibition.

Gallery opening hours are 10.00 to 1.00 and 2.00 to 5.00, Monday to Saturday.

For further information, contact Catríona Fallon on (045) 448314, or e-mail us on

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