Sunday, 13 November 2011

Marian O'Hare 1st Solo Show at the NNUH hospital 2011

Marian O'Hare first solo show at the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital, central block on the 2nd floor.

Marian was born in 1941 and grew up in London during the 2nd World war with her 3 sisters and brother and Mother Verily Anderson and Father Donald Anderson who were both writers.
Marians father died when she hit her teens and her Mother had to survive with 5 kids. Marian got a bursary to go to Hastings Art school, where she had a wild and exciting life that her sister wrote about in a book and Marian illustrated in that 50's pen and ink style we all know today.
Marian went on to study theatre and costume design at central art college.

Marian did various theatre jobs while at Art college, her first job after leaving college was at the Old Vic theatre in Bristol where she worked as a Props mistress. She also worked at the famous Glyndebourne Opera house. She moved to Ireland and then worked for the Lambert Puppet theatre illustrating there programmes for there shows.

She moved to Ireland with her husband Jim O'Hare who she met at art college and he became a set designer for Irish film and television. In Ireland they raised 3 children and one foster child. They now have 6 grandchildren.
Marian went to many evening classes and learnt lots of different crafts while bringing up children. She also was know as the water rat as she cleaned out her local canal. She also done voluntary work one of which was driving wheelchair people to day centres. She worked on designs for a lighter wheel chair and helped get ramps around Dublin.

Her latest book is about Allotments in Norfolk and Marian is a keen gardener and flower arranger. Currently she is illustrating a book for disabled children.

Marian is also about to go on a trip to Australia where she will be drawing and painting the wildlife.

This is a picture of her drawing with her friends in North Norfolk. She has a few groups of people that she likes to do art with and exhibit as a group.

This was a lithograph she has done in 1970. Marians work spans for 60 years.

This is a small part of her collection of art she has done over the years.

There is 35 pictures in the show and they are all for sale. She hopes to sell some work to pay for more materials and opportunities to show her work. Contact me if you would like to buy her work. If you are unable to see her work at the hospital and would like to see more then I can send small images to view via email. The hospital has complete wheelchair access and buses run from the Norwich city centre. Parking at the hospital costs a small fee.

The exhibition is free and supported by the hospital arts project, which is a project run by charitable donations.

Emma Jarvis the hospital arts coordinator helping document Marians art work.

1 comment:

Karl Somers said...

That's a great bit of work. Your mums stuff is really great. It's a bit like yours. That hopo is very lucky to have a person like yourself in resedence.