Meryl Donoghue


Meryl Donoghue’s work is found in various international collections and in the Dubai Farook collection.

Donoghue attended Bath Spa University in Bath and obtained her first-class honors degree in Fine Art. Donoghue received her Masters degree in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine art in London. Apart from Bath Spa University School Prize, Donoghue received AHRC Block Grant, and Julian Sullivan Award.

Donoghue’s breathtaking work is comprised of a collection of large-scale gyclee prints, depicting a series of strikingly lit human/animal hybrids arranged in black space. These images, born from pencil drawings, are digital creations. Transferred from page to screen, constructed from photography and then manipulated. The final images possess a sense of magical reality, underpinned by the suggestion of something more sinister and foreboding.

Meryl Donoghue’s (London) work is inspired by stories of desperate circumstances with incalculable outcomes. It also pays homage to past writers, poets and musicians whose work have fuelled her imagination. Her works start as pencil drawings that are reproduced through photography, scanning and digital manipulation.

My new work is inspired by stories that I’ve heard and events in my life that hold sway over me. It is a portrayal of desperate circumstances with unsettling and incalculable outcomes and in part pays homage to past writers, poets and musicians whose work has fuelled my imagination and inspired invention.

My work explores a number of themes such as loneliness, abandonment, loss and punishment. I am interested in the concept of cruel fate and the idea of the tragic heroine, much like Thomas Hardy’s Tess from Tess of the d’Urbervilles, whose unrelenting kindness and pure intentions are mercilessly rewarded with misery and injustice to the point of tragedy. My work is an expression of my own personal fears and grievances. It is a testament to the dread I feel in anticipation of adverse yet inevitable events and my lamentation at past sorrows. My pieces often exist as metaphors for punishment; punishment for hidden feelings and secret deeds.

Narrative is important in my work and I draw inspiration and imagery from folklore, fairytales, mythology, religion and literature. Adoption of elements and ideas from such sources cements the foundations of my constructed reality giving it depth, a past and a sense of history. I invite the viewer to join me, offering them a surreal world that their imaginations may explore. A world in which the lines between the real and the fantastical are indefinite, thus forcing them to question its truth, just as myth and legend in the minds of many often transpire as history.

2019 Sep 21 - 2019 Oct 12

2019,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Be Merry and go' | € 4600 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1286>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue '',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Bird VIII' | € 645 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1119>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Bird X',,,,Meryl Donoghue '',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Dead Men's Bells II' | € 4900 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1122>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Dead Mans Bells I' | € 4200 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1123>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'After the Flood' | € 5900 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1125>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Bury the Living' | € 7400 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1126>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Be Merry and go' | € 1995 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1127>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Do Nothing Secretly (normal size)' | € 1995 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1128>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Dead Mens Bells III' | € 5300 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1129>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Nothing is new under the sun (big)',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Raise the Dead' | € 7400 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1131>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Bird IV' | € 645 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1132>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue '',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Bird II' | € 645 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=1134>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue '',,,,Meryl Donoghue '',,,,Meryl Donoghue '',,,,Meryl Donoghue '',,,,Meryl Donoghue ''
2013 Nov 16 - 2014 Feb 8
Meryl Donoghue - Winter Groups Show

2013,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'The Gathering' | € 2400 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=601>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'The Cull' | € 2300 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=602>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'An Eye for an Eye' | € 1995 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=603>FOR SALE</a>
2009 Oct 10 - 2009 Nov 21
Meryl Donoghue

2009,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Guilt is a terrible Ghost (edition of 10)' | € 1995 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=217>FOR SALE</a>,,,,"Meryl Donoghue 'The Mercenary (big size, edition of 5)' | € 3290 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=218>FOR SALE</a>",,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Till Death Do Us Part' | € 3290 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=219>FOR SALE</a>,,,,Meryl Donoghue 'The Lambs Of God (original drawing)',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'One for Sorrow (edition of 10)',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Ten For The Devils (edition of 10)',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Ten For The Devils',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Regrettee (edition of 10)',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'The Wards In Jarndyce (edition of 10)',,,,"Meryl Donoghue 'Guilt is a terrible Ghost (Big size, edition of 5)'",,,,"Meryl Donoghue 'The Wards In Jarndyce (big size, edition of 5)'",,,,Meryl Donoghue 'Viviane gyclee',,,,Meryl Donoghue 'a2 poster meryl' | € 15 | <a href=../217/?form_112.replyids=434>FOR SALE</a>