Originally from Dalkey, Co Dublin, contemporary visual artist Oonagh Latchford lives and works in a small rural village not far from Wexford town.
Latchford’s painting practice primarily examines the effects of high contrasts and over saturation produced both by strong sunlight and by artificial lighting at night. She plays with how strong light distorts both shape and colour. Photography plays a vital role in her process which is informed in particular, by a fascination with bokeh photography. She is currently working on a body of work based on research and photos taken during her recent trip to Hong Kong and Macau. She is interested in blurred areas within her source images and explores how economy of detail creates new narratives, inviting personal and diverse viewer interpretation.
Figurative elements have been a constant within her practice. Compositionally, she borrows from the idiosyncrasy of the candid photograph, so it is not unusual to see a figure running off her painting surface. Often she plays with isolating and transporting solitary figures or small groups from larger gatherings. Already somewhat distorted, she places them into an abstracted and simplified landscape.
She has a keen interest in portraiture and her work in this area often includes socially engaging elements.
Oonagh Latchford holds a BA (hons) in Art. She was recipient of Artlinks bursary 2018 and Wexford County Council’s Tyrone Guthrie award 2014. She has been awarded primary school residencies under the auspices of the Living Arts Project (a collaboration between Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council of Ireland) in 2014, 2106, 2017 and again in 2018.
Recent exhibitions include a solo show in the Anita Chan Lai-Ling Gallery, Fringe Club, Hong Kong where she was artist in residence- Irish festival Asia 2018, with the support of Culture Ireland. Her work was also shown in Creative Macau.
Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections within Ireland, Hong Kong and the USA, including Wexford VEC, IT Carlow, Kelly’s Resort Hotel, AHEAD Ireland and The Ashdown Park Hotel - She is an experienced workshop facilitator and has worked for many years with the Wexford Arts Centre as a facilitator of both adult and children's workshops within their Visual Arts Education programme. She has been on the panel of artists for the the Arts Department of Wexford County Council’s Artist in the Community Scheme. She has facilitated workshops for the National Gallery of Ireland’s education and outreach programme and she is certified by Golden artist Colors, New York as a Golden Artist Educator.