NOËL O’CALLAGHAN is an Irish-born painter based in Berlin. Her artistic apprenticeship began early in the studio of noted painter and teacher, Diarmuid O’Ceallachain who was her father She worked as a professional actor and musician before becoming a full time visual artist and has a degree in English Literature and History The main focus of her work is the lived moment and how to accurately render its fleeting spontaneity with fluidity and economy. Perception and the manipulation of this in contemporary propaganda/advertising is also a recurrent theme She paints in both oil and watercolour and her palette combines vibrant Fauvist hues with more muted tones inspired by the Irish landscape. She favours energy over academicism in painting Drawing is an important aspect of her work and she posts a daily sketch at: www.facebook.com/noel.ocallaghan.77. Her durational work Live based on life-drawing in public spaces was the first art event to be part of the Dublin Theatre Festival’s main programme in 1995. Other public interventions include Hundesalon, Pet Parade and Wash Your Money. She has been commissioned for a number of public art project and has exhibited widely in both juried and solo shows . Her work can be found in in private and public collections in Ireland, Germany, UK, China and USA. In 2005 she was awarded her present studio by the Ministry of Culture of Berlin.
Irish Arts Council Touring Grant for ‘Live’
Irish Art Flight Awards
Irish Cultural Relations Committee Transport Grants
Berlin Ministry of Art Studio Grant (ongoing)
AA Samuolis Symposium, Lithuania
Cill Riallaig Project, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Kiltimagh Artists Residency, Co. Mayo, Ireland