Mary Lohan

Born in Dublin in 1954. Lohan studied painting at the National College of Art & Design.
Her work is represented in the collections of the Department of the Taoiseach, AIB, OPW / State Art Collection, and in private collections in Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and America. In recent years she has shown her work at the National Gallery, Chester Beatty Library and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

Her subject material is landscape, but her gaze is always out to sea, away from the land, to the extent that her paintings, and prints are primarily about the sea and the screens of weather that endlessly recreate its appearance. Usually we are offered a tidal threshold, a momentary vantage point of sand or sometimes mud from which we might find our way into the expanse of ocean and sky. Some years back, Lohan began to extend the standard compositional rectangle canvass by using diptych and triptych formats. In both her printmaking, and painting she has made distinctive, circular compositions / porthole views onto an ocean vista. She lives and works in Dublin, and has made several prints, as a visiting artist at Graphic Studio Dublin, including etchings and carborundums.

Lohan is one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary artists; she has received many awards and prizes and is a member of Aosdana.