Mark O’Kelly (b.1968) is an artist and educator based in Dublin Ireland. He is the Head of the Painting Department, School of Fine Art, at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He Graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 1992 and from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1990.
He is currently Steering Committee Member of the PARADOX European Forum for Fine Art Education and his previous positions include co Programme Leader of the Painting Department Limerick School of Art and Design and Member of the Academic Council of Limerick Institute of Technology, Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington, USA, Member of New Arts Studio, Dublin and he has served as a Board Member of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin.
The studio-based painting practice at the centre of his work has provided the foundation for a series of specifically conceived installations – addressing specific theories of representation, reproduction and quotation. Recent exhibitions of his work include his 2016 solo exhibition Empireland at Project Arts Centre in Dublin and recent group exhibitions include Infrastructures of Now at the NCAD Gallery 2018, It’s Very New School at Rua Red Arts Centre Tallaght in 2017, Conversations at the Irish Museum of Modern Art 2014-15 and EVA International, AGITATIONISM 2014 and After the Future, 2012. In 2013 he curated the exhibition Starting Over for Temple Bar Gallery and Studios 30th Anniversary programme.
His work is included in many Public and Private collections of art including The Collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council, the Office of Public Works and Limerick City Gallery of Art.