To date Mary J. Leen has been working as a professional artist for over 7 years. In this time she successfully completed many significant public art installations. She has worked extensively for Kerry County Council on various art projects around Ireland. Her work is also in many private collections and can be seen in castles hotels, churches and state homes. She has exhibited her work in Ireland, UK, Korea and New York. Including Cork Opera House, The National Gallery, The British Museum, The Mansion House, Griffith College and The Copper House Gallery to mention but a few.
She received national media attention in both print, TV and radio. She featured on RTE’s Nationwide television programme twice, and was on various radio stations discussing her art work including Cork’s 96 fm, West Limerick 102 and Radio Kerry. Jameson Whiskey recognized the unique talents of Mary J. when they commissioned her to create a bespoke piece for an international ad campaign. She received Kerry business woman of the year two years running and she continues to attract national media coverage with her art work. Including being published in the Gathering book of notable Irish artist of our time. Her work is in public and private collections all over the world.
Artists Mission Statement
“My passion in life is making art. Coming from a background of a Degree in Fine art and Masters in Professional Design Practice I am a multimedia artist combining my painting, sculpture and design skills to create unique, primarily figurative artworks. My work could be described on basic level as a collaboration between client and artist but there is much more going on.
Inspired by the land, people, nature, mythology, symbolism, religious iconography, and metaphysical spirituality. I am deeply influenced by the intangible nature of dreams and the concepts they invoke in me. I am fascinated with light and colour and the process of bringing beauty to light, literally and physically taking much inspiration from artist such as Caravaggio.
My work is multidimensional and although I am predominantly a figurative artist, I also endeavor to imbue my work with the energy of the subject. Be that in my abstract or portrait work. To somehow express that which is unseen but perceived on the subtler levels of the archetypal human consciousness.
My portrait work can be read as seemingly semi religious but on a deeper level it is genuinely spiritual. In the eternal search for self, my process involves connecting energetically with my subjects. Imagining their inner world, how they thought and felt rather then what they achieved. I strive to reference the inner riches that I perceive within them. By creating and by capturing their essence I am attempting to upgrade my own psyche and to gift them a form of immortality.
The physical process of my work varies according to the medium and the message I am trying to portray. But the thought process is formulaic , Connection + expression = Freedom.
In my art I strive to create provocative work that will create a lasting impression. Like a lotus flower opening up and revealing its mysteries to the viewer when the time is right.”