Biography

Jo Killalea is a visual artist based in Swinford, Co Mayo. A concern with sustainable development and the interconnections between social, economic and environmental issues at local and global levels is the perspective that she brings to her practice.

She graduated in Fine Art from GMIT Mayo Campus with a distinction at ordinary level in 2013 and with a first class honours degree in 2019. She was awarded the Academic Achievement Award and Ballinglen Arts Foundation Student Bursary, which included a residency in February 2020 followed by a solo exhibition in August 2021 at Ballinglen Gallery.

She has exhibited her work extensively in Ireland, including a solo exhibition in 2013 Picture Inequality: Challenge to Indifference at the Custom House Studios & Gallery in Westport.  She completed mixed media paintings and sculptural installations on mental health in Off the Wall at GMIT Castlebar in 2015, and for a three person show The State We’re In at the MART Gallery Dublin in 2016.

Her paintings have been included in curated group shows including the RDS Student Art Awards 2012; RHA Annual Exhibition 2012 and 2018; Claremorris Open Exhibition 2014; Lonely Planet at The Luan 2015; Mayo God Helps Us at Claremorris Gallery in 2015 and Mayo Day 2018 and 2019.

She has been awarded residencies at Ballinglen Arts Foundation (2020); Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat (2021, 2019, 2017 & 2014); Tyrone Guthrie Centre (2015); GMIT Mayo Campus (2015).

Her paintings are held in significant public collections including Mayo County Council (2013) and the Office of Public Works (2018).

Wave of Emigration, 2013
Departed, 2014