Neil Collins:

Visual Arts Cork

"The Irish artist McGarry Kelly doesn't paint pictures, she creates magical visual stories with wonderful expressive pigment."

Born in Longford, McGarry Kelly is an entirely self-taught artist. Painting in a loose impasto style using acrylics, oils and mixed media, she often works in fits and starts, late at night or before morning. Yet, her attention to detail remains impressive. Not only are many of her compositions very carefully planned, but her use of texture and shape is exemplary. For a self-taught painter, this is extraordinary.

She derives her artistic inspiration from an experience of several different cultures as well as "a past filled with memories of parents loved and lost, of good and bad times and the kindness of those who helped me through."

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