Ciara O’Hara graduated in 2006 with a BA in Fine Art Print and History of Art from NCAD, she also has an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from UCD. Since 2006 Ciara has exhibited extensively in galleries such as Draíocht, Galway Arts Centre, The Cross, Adams Auctioneers, the RHA, the Talbot and the Stone Gallery. Her work has been shown within the Central Bank Dublin. Ciara regularly exhibits with the Graphic Studio Dublin where she is an active member.
In 2008 Ciara traveled to Toronto, Canada where she worked with Open Studio printmaking studio as part of her MA studies. In 2009 Ciara undertook SIM and NES artist residencies in Iceland and has exhibited in Reykjavik and Skagaströnd. Her work is part of the Office of Public Works, Newman House UCD, Town of Skagaströnd Iceland, and several private collections. In 2010 she co-founded a collaborative artist as curator collective White Wolf Projects with painter Anne Hendrick.
Traditional, watercolour and embroidery
Rainbow Mountain, etching and spitbite.
Ciara O’Hara’s work uses imagery from nature, whilst also incorporating elements of nature-inspired man-made design. She likes to use imagery that has connotations and symbolism and re-work that in order to express her individual concerns and evoke an emotive response. Space in her work is often ambiguous, in a way, removing a sense of either the interior or exterior space. No connotations can be made when the subject belongs to an invisible or unrecognisable space, detached from its usual form; and it is in this environment that the ordinary can be looked upon anew.
O’Hara works across a range of media, including print, drawing, painting, photography and porcelain. The use of a variety of media allows each body of work to take on new connotations and subtleties that another medium wouldn’t allow.