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Mary Lohan, b.1954

Donegal Bay (diptych)1997

The sea is a central element in Mary Lohan’s paintings for its constantly changing character which reflects both sky and the surrounding land. Her work represents the restlessness of the seasons, the changing play of light and shade, that constant flux that we experience in front of nature. Yet the work does not evoke a sentimental or mythical reading of nature. of her work she has stated: ‘I start from the realization that it’s impossible to paint a landscape. You just can’t do it, because you experience a place on so many levels and in such a complex way. So you have to paint what you see, which isn’t the same thing. And you hope that something of the feeling of the place will come across’.*

*mary Lohan, in ‘Re/Dressing Cathleen’ (Boston College, 1997).

MediumOil on panel
Dimensions 61 x 61 cm each
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1998
Item NumberIMMA.808
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Mary Lohan, Donegal Bay (diptych), 1997, Oil on panel, 61 x 61 cm each, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1998

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Mary Lohan b.1954

Irish landscape artist Mary Lohan studied painting at the National College of Art and Design. Taking the sea and its constantly changing appearance as her primary subject, she extends her landscape studies by using diptych and triptych formats. Lohan has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1990s. Her work is represented in public and private collections, including the Contemporary Irish Arts Society and the Office of Public Works. Lohan is an elected member of Aosdána.
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