Among the defining qualities of Jo Killalea’s work is its evocation of time and place. Drawing inspiration from the local landscape, heritage and social history of the west of Ireland, her paintings are overlaid with a global outlook and sensitivity to connections.

Her most recent paintings on peatlands were exhibited in a solo exhibition ‘not yet saved’ at the Ballinglen Gallery in Ballycastle, North Mayo in August 2021.

Other series of work have focused on the following issues and are based on life experience:-

Global Inequality (Picture Inequality 2013)

Famine and Migration (Blighted Lives 2012-2017)

Mental Health (Off the Walls 2015)

Homelessness (The State We’re In 2016)

Read more about about influences on her practice in an interview published March/April 2021 in The Visual Artists’ News Sheet(p.18)

not yet saved, 2020, oil on canvas, 137×203


©Jo Killalea