Welcome to the official website for Dr Éimear O’Connor - art historian, curator, lecturer, art advisor and archivist. You will find information about her publications, exhibitions, lectures and media on the following pages. O'Connor is an art historian who specializes in Irish art and its complex contexts in the twentieth century. Her ‘mastermind’ topic is the life and work of Irish artist Seán Keating PPRHA, HRA, HRSA (1889-1977).

O’Connor is a Research Associate with TRIARC-Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin. She works on all sorts of projects about Irish art and European art. A new book is forthcoming in 2016. Watch this space for further information.

To get in touch with O’Connor about exhibitions, publications, lectures, archives and media, please see the Contact page. This website will be updated on a regular basis –make sure to come back again!

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Filmed by Dr Éimear O’Connor for the occasion of an exhibition she curated entitled 'Mining the Image', featuring the work of Irish artist Margaret Irwin West at the Leinster Gallery Dublin, April 2015.





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August 2016 | Crawford Art Gallery : Summer Exhibitions

Peter Murray, Éimear O'Connor, Anne Boddaert and Dawn Williams introduce the current exhibitions, Conflicting Visions in a Turbulent Age: 1900–1916, Perceptions 2016: The Art of Citizenship and 1916 Ireland in Contemporary Art.



22nd June 2016 - RTE News / RTE.ie

Major Irish art exhibition opens in Cork



30th July 2013 - Irish Examiner

Seán Keating biography casts new light on artist's work

"DR Éimear O’Connor has made a remarkable contribution to Irish art history. She has curated two major exhibitions of the work of 20th century artist, Seán Keating, and has written several books on him, of which the most recent is..." read more...



...is an outstanding examination of Keating’s seventy-year working life as an artist, art teacher, broadcaster, and public commentator. Based on extensive research and previously unavailable archival material, it is the first ever full-scale work on the artist, richly illustrated in colour, offering a complete, thematically based, and well-balanced portrait.



This ground-breaking study explores Keating’s expansive career within the political, economic and social conditions that prevailed in pre and post-Treaty Ireland. Revealing previously unknown insights into his life, O’Connor examines Keating’s background, his difficulties at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, the networks of people he knew – Harry Clarke, William Orpen, Robert Flaherty, Noël Browne – the projects he engaged with, his political perspective and his sometimes self-destructive relationships with those whom he could not respect. The author offers new evidence about Keating’s paintings – from the War of Independence to his democratic portrayal of the Irish citizen, and from his documentation of the early industrialization of post-Treaty Ireland and his ongoing concern with the Aran Islands, to his use of allegory as a means of social and political evaluation. At the same time, O’Connor reveals the long-forgotten story of Keating’s constant belief in, and fight for, the arts and the artist in an age that oversaw the metaphorical, literal and physical construction of the Irish nation.

Richly illustrated, with over 200 colour prints, many of which have not been previously published, Seán Keating: Art Politics and Building the Irish Nation will be the definitive work on this hugely respected yet controversial Irish artist for years to come.



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