Helen O’ Leary. Born in 1961 in Wexford. Lives in the New York and Drumshanbo.
Helen attended NCAD and earned a BFA and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. She has been honored with the Rome Prize American Academy in Rome, Hennessy Purchase Award, IMMA, Dublin, Purchase Award American Academy of Arts and Letters, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; two Pollock-Krasner awards; the Joan Mitchell Award for painting and sculpture; and several grants from the Arts Council. She has attended many residencies, including the Culturel Irlandaise, France; the Sam and Adele Golden Residency, NY; Mac Dowell, NY; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME; and Yaddo, NY. Exhibitions include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American Academy in Rome, Italy, NY; The MAC Belfast, Ireland; National Gallery of Art, Ireland; Lesley Heller Gallery, NY; Galerie le Petit Port, Ireland; the Contemporary Arts Centre, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, Australia; Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, IL; Kerlin Gallery, Ireland; and Fenderesky Gallery, Ireland. She is represented by Patricia Sweetow, San Francisco, Lesley Heller, NY and Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast.