Detail from Tony O'Malley's self-portrait in the Gallery's collection.
Tony O’Malley, Self-Portrait © The Artist’s Estate. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Self-Portrait, Winter, Heavy Snowfall at Trevaylor' by Tony O'Malley

46 x 35.1 cm
Oil on canvas
Purchased, the Artist, for the National Portrait Collection, 2000

Stop 7 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

Tony O’Malley was a self-taught Irish artist whose work was often a reflection of his own introspective nature. In the late 1950s, he retired from his job at the Munster and Leinster Bank due to ongoing physical ill-health. O’Malley struggled to deal with the loss of routine, including the social aspect of his work-life.

He had a very close relationship with his mother and painted her portrait on a number of occasions. After her death the artist’s grief gave way to a period of mental ill-health which he described as one of ‘severe depression’. He recovered from this and, throughout the 1970s, spent time in the Bahamas where he produced some of his most significant paintings which were characterised by their colour and vibrancy.

On display in Room 15, Milltown Wing, Level 1

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery