Irene O'Neill



Irene O’Neill lives and works in Kildare.


2019 BA Fine Art Painting, National College of Art and Design.

2016 Diploma Fine Art, CEAD, National College of Art and Design.

1986 Diploma Art in Industry and Commerce, DIT, Dublin.


2018 Topopophilia , Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin.
2018 New Age, Creative Life Studio, MISA, St. James Hospital, Dublin.
2018 Crimes of Passion 11, Margaret Clarke Gallery, NCAD, Dublin.
2016 End of year Group show, CEAD, Design Building, NCAD, Dublin.
2015 North Kildare Artists Summer Show, Celbridge, Kildare.


Note from the author

My work explores the subliminal world of gendered spaces through the lens of both male and female beauty. My work invites the viewer to enter the imagined and constructed spaces of the beauty salon and the barbershop, while considering the permeable boundary between the inside and the outside. The images are from the everyday and using collage imagined spaces are constructed then explored through the medium of paint. The norms of colour association are played with within the work, pink for girls, blue for boys asking the viewer to suspend societal norms.

My work attempts to ask questions of our society. Are women the object of the male gaze, or in our contemporary society of social media and dating apps, has the focus changed with the male becoming the focus of a critical female gaze. Research into feminism and contemporary movements of feminism explores the theoretical concepts of the feminist movement and asks how males respond to the various feminist movements within our society.