ABOUT

Phyllis Mahon studied Painting and Printmaking at Belfast College of Art 1971 - 76
and since then has worked as an exhibiting artist and illustrator, selling online since 2015.

Art training:
1975 B.A. Honours Degree Fine Art
1976 Higher Diploma in Fine Art (Printmaking)


LONDON:
Shortly after moving to London she was awarded an Arts Council of Northern Ireland Bursary to set up a colour darkroom.  After the subsequent photographic exhibition, selected images were used by the B.B.C. to illustrate the television series Chieftains: Images of Ireland and some were also included at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin.

ACME Studio Scheme
In 1979 Phyllis was accepted into "ACME Artists’ Short-life Housing" in London. This scheme provided affordable studio space, as well as accommodation at a nominal rent so enabling a young artists to dedicate time to creating and exhibiting.


1986 Phyllis was one of the group of eight East End women artists called Rouge Press. They produced a limited edition portfolio of lino-prints which was launched by Curwen Gallery, London,with a supporting exhibition, which toured the U.K.
1988 Phyllis began working on tiny wood engravings and a series of very large, hand-printed linocuts.

Exhibiting and Illustrating
These London years were spent exhibiting extensively throughout the UK and Ireland and illustrating editorial, including the 1990 monthly Horoscope Page in Cosmopolitan Magazine
1992 Tales from Europe,B.B.C. Publications and various publications for Heinemann Educational.

LINCOLNSHIRE:
Phyllis Mahon moved to Lincoln in 1993 and shortly after that, in 1995 was commissioned to illustrate the New Aeon Tarot Set for Aura Soma. This eighteen month project comprised 200 images presented as 100 double sided cards.
Five years’ steady work followed in which she illustrated various projects, wrote and illustrated the book Goddesses, A Circle of Colour containing 13 full plate images. In this project the Zodiac was related to the Company Colour plan, astrology and goddesses from various cultures. Both these items are now Collector's pieces on Amazon.

  • in 2004 she received an Arts Council award to learn stonecarving.

  • in 2007 a commission to illustrate a large range of Gay greetings cards based on the minimal style of her earlier linoprints.

  • Since 2015 she has been listing and selling artworks online.

  • in 2017 she illustrated nine spiritual images for a Danish author

COLLECTIONS:


Public collections:

  • Arts Council of Northern Ireland

  • Aura Soma Products Ltd

  • Belfast Telegraph Newspaper

  • Bedfordshire County Council

  • Somerset County Council

  • Ulster Television

Private collections:

Austria, Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, UK, USA

 

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