Moonjar: Egonoki


Three festivals two exhibitions one timeframe.  Spanning 15 October to 6 November 2022.  There's a lot going on in Wexford!  Make sure to sign up to my newsletter to receive your invitation. 

WEX - ART 2022

Wex-Art,  Ireland's longest visual arts festival begins October 15 and runs to November 6.  My exhibition is installed in The Makers House located in Wexford's Creative Hub Y35XNX7


Venue: Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford

24 - 31 October 2022

Where else would you see magnificent
Moonjars, stargazing hares and courting capercaillies? Do you even know what a capercaillie is? These are just a few of the fascinating pieces you will find at the upcoming exhibition of new work by Mary Wallace who paints and sculptor Gilly Thomas.

Described by the Mayor of Wexford at the recent launch of the Fringe Guide as “the terrible two” who regularly exhibit together and have made the Business Centre lobby in Clayton Whites Hotel their own gallery space for quite a few years at Wexford Festival Opera.

Expect to be surprised by Wallace’s exquisite tea bowls, majestic moonjars and other precious things inspired by kintsugi and the Japanese perception of beauty in imperfection, complexity in simple things and extraordinary in the everyday. The work takes a new direction to an exciting scale which in turn is magnified by her vibrant use of colour suspended in beeswax and the opulent pairing with gold. That being said these paintings have a quiet meditative quality that draws you in and brings emotion to the surface.

Thomas is concentrating on forms that remind her of the countryside; just a glimpse of birds and animals seen from afar. Her sculptures show the simplicity of the creature keeping the essence with clean lines and intuitive shape. Living in the heart of rural Wexford she often witnesses nocturnal animals as they go about, hence the alluring ‘Stargazing Hare’. Gilly creates bronze pieces that invite you to touch with both eye and hand.

This dynamic pair have exhibited together on many occasions and are well known on the Wexford Festival Fringe. Their exhibition runs for 8 days only from Monday 24th to the Bank Holiday Monday 31st October 2022. Both artists are members of The Makers House in the Creative Hub where you can see more of their work throughout Wexford Festival Opera.
 So excited to present a new range of prints and greeting cards that sing with vibrant colour and the lustre of pure gold. The effect is opulent and luxurious.  Beautiful yet broken vessels featuring native and garden flora - a unique fusion of Japanese ceramics and Irish flora.


  This year two brilliant festivals run simultanously - Wex-Art and Wexford Festival Opera. I will be showing my latest work in The Makers House where I have a permanent display.  If you miss it in October please come visit all year round.

  What a timely piece in the Sunday Business Post on November 7th just as I am about to take off to Art Source 2021 in the RDS.  Rubbing shoulders with Banksy, Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein  no less.  

    "...Lovers of the still life should head for the Mary Wallace stand. She has had great success with her series of paintings of Moon jars, striking ceramic vessels echoing the beautiful shape of the Moon, first made in 13th century Korea to symbolise the Neo-Confucian ideals of purity and integrity. When Bernard Leach, father of British studio pottery, purchased an actual Moon jar in Seoul in 1935 he said that owning it was like “carrying a piece of happiness”. Moon Jar Agapanthus ..."   

Ros Drinkwater, Fine At correspondent, Sunday Business Post

Sometimes I like to look back... 

Well, this is a blast from the past.

Yes! It's really me. A different hair style and a couple of   years younger....

After all if I am going to tell you about the stories and  inspiration behind my paintings what better way to start than to share this video with you. It's really about where it all began ....