MULHOLLAND Mary

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“So rich is the colour in Mary Mulholland’s exhibition of flower paintings… that on entering the gallery you inhale in anticipation of the fragrance.” (1)

Mulholland’s paintings transport the viewer into a macroscopic world where petals and fabric become abstracted to emphasise colour, texture and form. She moves away from the botanical and watercolour studies commonly associated with floral art, employing vibrant colour, a balanced composition, and clear light reminiscent of the seventeenth century Dutch still lifes.

In Dutch art these illusions of space, solidity, texture and light often assume the role of memento mori ("remember you are mortal") - a reminder that life is fleeting and that God is good, but his judgment is stern. Mulholland’s paintings remind the viewer that religion and mortality assume important functions within life and art.

Across centuries and cultures flowers have played a rich and varied role as subject and signifier. Mulholland’s paintings of roses, tulips, magnolia’s, lilies and agapanthus awaken our senses, evoking emotive response. These celebratory paintings form a dialogue between still life and spirituality, between purity and sensuality.

Mulholland has made the subject her own, producing paintings that possesses a restrained elegance alluding to the profound.

Mary Mulholland was born in England 1949. She graduated with a Diploma of Fine & Applied Art from the Dunedin School of Art in 1972. Mulholland has been a practicing artist for over three decades. She has had a number of significant exhibitions in public galleries such as the Forrester Gallery, Oamaru and the Otago Museum. Her work is held in the public collection of the Hocken Library, University of Otago, and many private collections nationally and internationally.

(1) Richard Dingwall, “From pre-Raphaelites to postfeminists”, Otago Daily Times, 2005

Mary Mulholland was born in England 1949. She graduated with a Diploma of Fine & Applied Art from the Dunedin School of Art in 1972. Mulholland has been a practicing artist for over three decades. She has had a number of significant exhibitions in public galleries such as the Forrester Gallery, Oamaru and the Otago Museum. Her work is held in the public collection of the Hocken Library, University of Otago, and many private collections nationally and internationally.

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District:Waimate

Type: Painter

Represented by Saffron Gallery of Art

Artwork type/s:Oil

Description: Mulholland has made the subject her own, producing paintings that possesses a restrained elegance alluding to the profound.

Education: She graduated with a Diploma of Fine & Applied Art from the Dunedin School of Art.

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