People, Places and Things
…with Ciara O’Neill

Ciara O’Neill is best known for her one of a kind abstract resin art which she hand pours from her studio in Galway. The resulting designs are inspired by the ocean with its many hidden secrets, and influenced by her time living in both the Australian landscape and the west of Ireland. Ciara’s work has been incorporated into many spaces and taken on interesting shapes and forms such as in her own range of vibrant jewellery design or wrapped across luxurious sustainable packaging for high end brands such as Grà chocolates. Most recently, her art now adorns the walls of the new Brown Thomas store in Dundrum, having been commissioned to design the facade wall, and a number of installations. We took some time out with Ciara to offer our Inspired questions and find out a little bit more about the creative force behind this swirling world of colour.

Describe yourself in three words:

Fun, kind, considerate.

What is something our readers might not know about you?

Even though my work can be bright and colourful and people might think that I’m an extrovert, I can actually be pretty shy!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment would be my collaboration with Brown Thomas. This project has been a dream come true and I loved every moment of creating the commission pieces for it. The whole project encapsulates fun and connects people again.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is women who are running their own businesses. It’s what gave me the inspiration to set up my own business and they have inspired me to know that anything is possible and achievable if you work hard enough.

Tell us something you love about Galway:

What I love about Galway is the lovely selection of cafes and restaurants in the city! And I love that within half an hour you can be out in the wilds of Connemara.

Ciara’s new Series “Rhythm” will be released around mid April directly on her website and some paintings from this series are currently on display as part of her exhibition in Brown Thomas Dundrum.