Resident Profile:

Maria O’Sullivan

Visual Artist

Painting is not only my medium of expression but a way by which I explore my own relationship to the world surrounding me. It is an invaluable tool that helps me understand my own thoughts and explore the possibilities of my mind.

My goal is not to imitate the world but to understand how it operates and to find clarity somewhere between the representational and the abstract. I aim to explore the relationships between built environments and the people and systems that inhabit them.

My work is a complete reflection of my own personality, where each line is a record of my own state of mind, indecision, progression and intersecting thoughts. As I navigate through my work my mindset often shifts and thus so does my drawing: It is in a constant state of change.


I graduated with an Honours degree in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design, in June 2014. From the Degree Show, I was selected to exhibit in Joan Clancy Gallery, where I received a special mention. I was also invited to participate in the Annual Fledglings Exhibition in the Lavit Gallery Cork and in the Emerging Artist Exhibition in St. Patrick’s Hospital Dublin.

Shortly after graduating, I was awarded a three-month residency with Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice commencing in November 2014 and my work was represented by Agora Gallery, Chelsea NYC where I exhibited my Urban Series in 2015. After spending a year travelling and working with Art Auctions at Sea, I am now currently living and working in Bournemouth, UK.


The Factory Studios has such a unique and wonderful vibe. With a diverse range of talented creatives, this space not only helps me to feel motivated and supportive but excited to go to work everyday.

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