Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross speaking at the launch of Rod O'Donoghue's book Heroic Landscapes in which his images are included.
|Born||April 15, 1942|
New York City, New York, U.S.
Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross (born April 15, 1942) is an Irish-American painter, engraver, and sculptor. He is the recognised hereditary chieftain of the Rapparee Sept the O'Donoghues of Ross.
He is better known as the artist and sculptor who created An Capall Mór, part of 'The Sculpture Road to Killarney'along the N22 traveling to Killarney from Cork, the stained glass windows in St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney, entitled "Dawn & Dusk", dedicated to his ancestors, and the large bronze of St Brendan on a seamount overlooking Fenit Harbour, Brendan's birthplace.
St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney, is the cathedral church of the Catholic diocese of Kerry situated to the west of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland.
He is also known as Ross, Thomas O'Donohue, O'Donohue Ros, Ros.
Born Thomas Martin O'Donohue in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, he was fascinated with drawing from a very young age and pursued his talent by obtaining an Associate Arts degree from State University of New York at Farmingdale.
After working briefly in commercial art, he entered the United States Air Force, where he was appointed Flight Commander and then spent a tour in Libya, where he was assigned the duties of a Combat Artist during the French-Algerian War.After leaving the USAF, he worked for a time at the Doubleday & Co. publishing house, being promoted to Managing Editor of Dolphin Books. He continued his pursuit of art and also illustrated several books during this period, including creating original sepia etchings for John Gardner's Nickel Mountain , the cover of which was included in the 1975 jury exhibition at The American Institute of Graphic Arts, "Cover '75/Catch the Eye".
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O'Donoghue continued his study at university, earning a BFA and MFA, graduating magna cum laude from Lehman College of City University of New York in 1970. He taught at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art for a few yearsand was then offered the opportunity to teach at his alma mater, but he decided against it and moved instead with his wife and young son to a wilderness cabin in upstate New York in the late 1970s.
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O'Donoghue/Ross became well known as a printmaker during the 1970s boom years of the art market in the US, selling editions through various print publishers.His paintings and sculpture were also represented at Vorpal Galleries (Soho and San Francisco). He represented Ireland in the Biennale Internationaile de Gravure at the Moderna Galerija Ljubljana. He moved farther north to the coast of Maine in the early 1980s. In 1986 he traveled with his family to Ireland.
O'Donoghue/Ross has explored nearly every medium of visual expression. He has also experimented in various styles, from veristic (his St Brendan sculpture) to abstract (his Cathedral windows) though he has always returned to his own brand of neo-surrealism. As explained in a lengthy full-page set of articles about his "Mists of Time" exhibition that traveled the country under the auspices of the Siamsa Tíre Theatre and Arts Centre in County Kerry in 1995, he "pursues his own vision, on his own terms, moving from painting to sculpting to printmaking, from realistic to abstract to allegory, working in whatever style fulfilled his need to express the idea or emotion he wished to portray".
In his artist's statement for The Gathering 2013 catalog, he explains "My motivation is hard to define except to say that by making things I keep myself from being bored. That is the same reason that I constantly change focus, from sculpture in all forms to etchings, stained glass to painting, drawing and anything and everything in between."
O'Donoghue/Ross' graphic work is mainly produced on multiple copper plates for each image, using etching, engraving, aquatint, mezzotint, drypoint and occasionally monoprints.
"He is reminiscent of de Chirico in his bold clarity of manner. But these coloured prints are more intimate, and disconcertingly confident, than de Chirico’s echoing streets."
"...his mezzotints and etchings are conceptually neat, solidly crafted images which wear their substantial concerns lightly."
O'Donoghue/Ross began working in three dimension by modelling in the lost wax process, then moved to direct carving in stone and wood. He began stone carving with a pink granite stone he pulled from the ditch of his property in County Kerry and expanded from there. He has used both conventional and unconventional mediums to fashion his pieces, sometimes using unlikely found objects to create amalgamations of various combinations.
O'Donoghue/Ross' sculpture Capall Mór, part of "The Sculpture Road to Killarney" inspired the book By the Way, a Selection of Public Art in Ireland by Ann Lane. "The 'Capall Mor' is the piece that got me hooked in the beginning," she said. "I thought it was absolutely magnificent and I wanted to see more.".Locals have dubbed O'Donoghue/Ross' collection of roadside sculptures as "The Eighth Wonder of the World."
A bronze of St Brendan the Navigator was commissioned and funded by the Brendan Project in Fenit, County Kerry. It was officially dedicated by Bishop Murphy in September 2004, with the crowd standing against force 9 winds, much as the sculpture depicts the Saint.
O'Donoghue/Ross favours oil painting for the depth and richness of colour. His work is inspired by the Old Masters and glazing as well as the scumbling technique which results in a wonderful subtlety of surface.
"He sees paintings as capable of very deep communication...starting a process...creating images that the artist himself is not conscious of. His paintings can evoke some deeper realization of what we have in common."
Offered the opportunity to create stained glass windows for St Joseph's Church in Fenit, County Kerry was O'Donoghue/Ross' introduction to this medium. He has since received private commissions and his favourite pieces are the pair of windows placed in St Mary's Cathedral in Killarney, entitled Dawn & Dusk, with the simple yet profound statement placed at the bottom of the panels 'Why is there Anything' and 'Instead of Nothing'.
The brochure produced by the Diocese of Diocese suggests 'The painted stained glass windows are a gateway, a portal into the light, a way of entering into a mood of meditation. They seek to invoke a feeling of mystery, or present an enigma and a profound experience of light and shade and colour.'
O'Donoghue/Ross is represented in public and private collections around the world. Some of them include the Bibliotheque Nationale de France; the Brooklyn Museum; Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Kerry County Council; Utah Museum of Fine Arts; Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
A feature-length documentary film - Why Is There Anything Instead Of Nothing - about O’Donoghue/Ross and his family has been produced by Patrick O’Shea and Southernman Films, completed in May 2017. Starline Entertainment contracted for worldwide distribution rights to the film in July.A trailer for the film can be seen at their website
Shortly after signing, Variety, reported on Starline’s representation.
And the following month, The Times of London featured an article about the film.
"The subtleties and oddities of O'Donohue's combination of disparate elements bear considerable study. His art is rewarding, as all good art is, in accord with what the viewer brings to it."
"O'Donoghue has made his mark on the world of Irish art...presented with the panache of a skilled technician."
"All Tighe's paintings have a powerful symbolism, a meaning far beyond the themes that inspire them. When he depicts figures they are mythological, creations of his own psychological landscape...
ARTS Magazine described Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross as a visionary artist in the tradition of William Blake and the American artist, Albert Pinkham Ryder, but the wellspring of Tighe's creativity is unique...The term 'visionary' is entirely accurate in so far as Tighe creates fantastic worlds of his own which reflect not what is but what might be, behind the veil of the reality that we normally experience."
"O'Donohue unabashedly likes being tied to a narrative; having a "thread to hold onto" is a spur to his creativity.
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