Helen O'Connell_Anenome_kilkenny limestone_40 x 40 x 30 cm_ Photographer Rory Moore.1

Anenome

Kilkenny limestone, 40x40x30cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Anenome (detail)

Kilkenny limestone, 40x40x30cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

Helen O'Connell_Origami Vessel_kilkenny limestone_50 x 50 x 25 cm_ Photographer Rory Moore.2

Origami Vessel

Kilkenny limestone, 50x50x25cm
Photgrapher, Rory Moore

Helen O'Connell_Origami Vessel_kilkenny limestone_50 x 50 x 25 cm_ Photographer Rory Moore.1

Origami Vessel (detail)

Kilkenny limestone, 50x50x25cm
Photgrapher, Rory Moore

stone/cloch

Helen O’Connell

Helen O’Connell is inspired by Japanese art and design, in particular that of Isamu Noguchi. In her current body of work, she attempts to bring a meditative quality to the material of stone and give the seemingly simple form of the vessel a ceremonial connotation. By striving to depict a lightness in the weighty, unyielding material of stone, she draws out the magnificence of the Kilkenny limestone.

O’Connell graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Art History. She subsequently moved to Co. Leitrim where she trained under Séamus Dunbar, Jackie McKenna and Martha Quinn at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre in Manorhamilton. She spent several years working from her cottage studio and teaching at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre. Studies in the art of marble carving were undertaken in the Nicoli studios in Cararra, Italy.

In addition to her own current professional practice, she teaches stone sculpture at the Trinity College Arts Workshop. She currently works from studios in Dublin and her home in Co. Wicklow.

Collections

Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

2013
Irish Arts Review featured artist
2011
Award Winner Stone Category, RDS National Crafts Competition HSE Commission, Dublin
2010
Arts Council of Ireland Bursary
2006
Leitrim County Council Residency Award for Tyrone Guthrie Centre
2005
Arts Council of Ireland Project Award for RANT

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Carraige na Farraige, Signal Arts Centre, Co. Wicklow
2015
the stone the circle the rhythm, Talbot Gallery,
Dublin

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2015
Side by Side, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2014
FORM, Ballymaloe House, Cork
2013
Woods at Work, Centre for Creative Practices, Dublin
           Open Submission, The Mermaid Arts Centre, Wicklow
          
FORM, Mount Juliet, Kilkenny
2011
RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
          
Contemporary Sculpture in Irish Gardens, Ballintubbert Gardens, Kildare
2010
Trinity Arts Workshop 50th Anniversary Exhibition, Trinity College Dublin
          
RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
2009
Landed, Back Loft, La Cathedral, Dublin
2006
RANT, Turkish Baths, Belgrade, Serbia and Millcove Gallery, Cork
2005
RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
          
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
          
RANT, Falcarragh, Donegal
          
Off the Wall, Wines on the Green, Dublin
2004
Monumental, Donkerswort, Netherlands; Galerie Exelsman, Brussels, Belgium; The Waterfront, Belfast and Gormleys, Dublin and Belfast
          
Iontas, Sligo, Limerick and Belfast
          
Jorgensons Fine Art, Dublin
          
RANT, Sheehans Hotel, Manorhamilton, Leitrim
2000-2002
Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Leitrim

Contact Details:

Helen O'Connell
6 Sidmonton Square Bray Co. Wicklow

T. +353 86 330 7364
E. oconnellsculpture@gmail.com
www.oconnellsculpture.com