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

New paintings, started during a residency at Ballinglen Arts Foundation in early 2020, were exhibited in a solo show ‘not yet saved’ at the Ballinglen Gallery in Ballycastle, North Mayo in August 2021.

She has completed other series of work on Global Inequality, The Great Irish Famine, Mental Health and Homelessness.

Read more about about 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