Mahali O'Hare

UK based painter working in Bristol. Her canvases depicting solitary vases wrapped in landscape oscillate between still life, portrait, landscape and figure. Taking their beginnings from classical still life and the language of impermanence the vessel’s are sown with memories of fields, woods and hedgerows combining images of modern day reverie, shepherds, lovers and the landscape seen via the lens of art. Images look backwards and forwards in time, the container a point of stillness and an arena where biography and sensory perception intersect and collide. Interested in something between the painterly and filmic these works reflect on mortality, painting, loss and rewilding.


Selected for the Football Art Prize Touchstones Rochdale,The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and A Generous space at Hasting’s Contemporary Mahali’s solo exhibition We Stood Around was exhibited at the Plough Arts Centre in 2021. Recent group exhibitions include Your Foot In My Face at Kings Gate Project Space, Goose Summer an outdoor instagram show curated by Hannah Murgatroyd and Martyn Cross. Previously selected for Discerning Eye, RWA Open, Wells Contemporary Open, Beep Painting Prize she was recipient of the Additional Award at Exeter Contemporary in 2019. In 2007 recipient of the Rootstein Hopkins Award she exhibited her solo show Kindling Wood at Spike Island.