Families, possessions and their histories are central features in her work. Enamel and domestic paint are her preferred mediums when creating blithe, cartoon-like characters and spaces, fool’s paradises, seemingly devoid of intended political or social meaning, yet there is a Hogarthian quality to the work, a suggestion that behind the farcical lies satire and allegory. She also integrates digital tools in her work including photography, designing irregular shaped surfaces and in constructing imagined dioramas.
Mary Ronayne lives in Co. Kildare and lectures in Computer Illustration in Dublin. She studied Fine Art in TU Dublin, History of Art in Cardiff and an MA Art in the Contemporary World in NCAD, Dublin (2013). Recent exhibitions include: Solo show, Linenhall Gallery, Castlebar, Co. Mayo (2020), Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2020), Patrick Hall | Mary Ronayne | Anishta Chooramun at the Dock, Carrick-On-Shannon, Leitrim (2019), 189th Annual Show, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2019, Artist|Wife at The Claremorris Gallery, Claremorris, Co. Mayo (2018), 187th Annual Show, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2017, 40th Claremorris Open, curated by Frieze editor, Tim Morton, 2017, 186th Annual Show, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2016, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition, Mall Galleries, London, 2015, Billboard Project, Creative Exchange Studios, Belfast, 2014, Animation Screening, Moonlight Cinema Club, Dublin, 2014, The Emotive War-Time Journey, Tactic Gallery and Studios, Cork, 2014, Praxis, Engage Contemporary Art, Longford, 2014, she has previously shown her work at Eigse, Carlow and the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.