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Our 9th Artist featured in our Open to Art Series is Dervla O’Flaherty. Working mainly with paint and wood, her work explores links between ideas of identity, place and the unknown. 'When we find ourselves in new and unfamiliar territory, imagination begins to take hold, collaging elements from the familiar onto the unknown.'
Dervla, from North County Dublin, completed her BA in Fine Art Painting at the National College of Art and Design(NCAD), Dublin in 2012 and Post-Graduate studies at Cyprus College of Art in 2014. She received several student and graduate awards following her BA Degree show including ‘RDS Student Art Awards and travelling exhibition’, 'Emerging Artist Residency Award’ and subsequent group exhibitions at Cill Rialaig Artist Retreat, Co. Kerry.
Her work was shown as part of the OPW ‘Art of the State Exhibition 2013- Encounters’(an OPW/DFP exhibition and publication – travelling to four destinations throughout Ireland). Dervla has exhibited widely in Ireland and Cyprus, Edinburgh, Belfast and Iceland.
“Since my first solo exhibition at Séamus Ennis Centre in 2014, I have continued working with paint and wood, exploring ideas of identity, place and the unknown. As part of this I've undertaken artist-in-residence projects and exhibitions in Ireland, Iceland, India and Hungary. In 2016 I moved from my studio in the wilds of South Kerry to live in Hungary, where I founded a series of art events and exhibitions in Budapest. These days I am working with my artist boyfriend Zoltan Krizsan, setting up our isolation studio paradise in suburban Budapest and making new work.” – Dervla O’Flaherty.