Mary A. Fitzgerald was born in Dublin where she lives and works. She studied Fine Art both at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology and The National College of Art and Design where she received an honors degree in Fine Art in 1989 and a Master of Fine Art in 2004. She is a lecturer in the Department of Core Studies at NCAD. Fitzgerald has been awarded both a Visual Arts Bursary, and a Professional Development Grant from The Arts Council. She is a member of Artist Panel at IMMA.
Fitzgerald has just been awarded Studio Residency at Independent Studio, Temple Bar, Dublin. Other Awards in 2008 include the Heinrich Boll Artists Residency and Cill Riallaig Artist Residency. Fitzgerald has recently returned to painting. In 2007 she presented a series of new paintings in a solo exhibition at The LemonStreet Gallery. Her new work is rooted in the experience of looking, and subjects are drawn from the artist’s response to her immediate environment The area between representation and abstraction is the space and context of the work. Fitzgerald’s ways of working has also recently combined traditional printmaking practices, single sheet drawings and paintings, to rework themes and meaning. The new paintings present a series of narratives, however, the subjects are never presented in full, and remain open ended in interpretation.
Solo shows include, A longer walk home, LemonStreet Gallery, 2007, Showcase LemonStreet Gallery, 2006, Postgraduate Exhibition, Lees Cash & Carry, Dublin 2004, Drawn at The Original Print Gallery, Dublin, in 2003 and Works On Paper, Galleuiet, Grafikens Hus, Stockholm, 2001. Invited and selected shows include: 2007 Attraction, Talbot Gallery, RHA Annual Exhibition 2007, Tender, Original Print Gallery, 2006, The National Arts Club, and The Graphic Arts Gallery, New York, 2003. Fitzgerald was selected from Ireland to show at the 5th International Biennale de Gravure, in Liege, Belgium, and was invited artist at the Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition.
She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is included in many public and private collections including: OPW, UCD, Trinity College Dublin, Bank de Paris, Microsoft Ireland, Allied Irish Bank and AXA Insurance.
Mary A. Fitzgerald is Lecturer in the Department of Core Studies