Oona Culley

Available work

Oona Culley

By tracing shadows, reflections or the absences left by old presences, I create illusory paintings, objects and installations that play with perception, memory and time. What was previously lost or forgotten gains visibility or takes on an imaginary life, from archive photographs to extinct plants. By painting traces of natural elements: light, the tide, puddles, trees, leaves, windswept or foggy landscapes, the work is both serene and ghostly. Both present and absent, seen and unseen, there is a contemplation on loss and the ephemeral and transient, where past and present exist side by side.

Royal College of Art, MA Communication Art and Design 2005
Berkshire School of Art & Design, Reading College, BA (Hons) Graphic Design 2002
The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, BFA (Hons) Fine Art 1997

Oona Culley, Royal London Hospital Gallery, London 2009
Shadows and Traces, Hay Gallery, Colchester Institute (with artist's talk) 2007

Rebirth, Islington Arts Factory, London 2009
ReMemory, Galleria Limiti Inchiusi, Campobasso, Italy 2009 
Here, There and Everywhere, Leeds Met Gallery, Leeds (with artist's talk) 2008
You Can Observe A Lot By Looking, St Paul's Gallery, St Paul's Church, London 2008 
Celeste Art Prize '07 Finalists' Exhibition, Old Truman Brewery, London 2008
Trees, The Old Sweet Shop, London (with artist's talk) 2007
The Wish List, M+R Gallery, London2007
Celeste Art Prize Finalists' Exhibition '06, Old Truman Brewery, London 2006
Double Take, Hiscox Art Projects Gallery, London 2005 
Plans for Other Days by Janfamily, M+R Gallery, London 2005
The Royal Variety Show, The Gallery at Circus Communications, London 2005

Royal London Hospital, Painting for Surgeon's Sitting Room 2009
British Airways, Glass screens, Terminals 3 and 5, London Heathrow Airport 2008
British Airways, Wall drawings, Brussels Airport and Terminal 4 London Heathrow Airpor t2006

Royal London Hospital Art Collection
British Airways Art Collection
Artists' Book Collection, V&A National Art Library

Flight Delayed: Oona Culley, article by Rachel Sloven, Frame magazine no.54, Jan/Feb 2007
Flick Book Illusions, by Oona Culley, produced flick books for ICA gallery bookshop 2005-08
Plans for Other Days, by Janfamily, contribution of artwork to book publication 2005
New For 2002, Blueprint magazine, Front cover artwork and review, no.199, p.46, Sept 2002

2009Abbey Harris Mural Fund
Celeste Art Prize for painting, Finalist '06 and '072006 & 07