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About greta mcmahon
Greta Mc Mahon is an abstract artist and part-time lecturer working from her studio in the Riebeek Valley.
She uses a variety of media which forms an essential part of her visual vocabulary.Her work varies in size and discipline and is a visual translation of the polarities which exists within our psyche.Her exploration of mythology, psychology, spirituality and stories integrates these aspects to create a rich inner world.
Greta holds a Honours degree in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town and a Diploma in Theatre Technology.She has participated in numerous group and six solo exhibitions in South Africa, Ireland and Holland. Her artworks have been included in the corporate and private collections in South Africa, the USA, the UAE, Holland, Norway, the UK and Ireland.

BORN 1970, Wellington, South Africa


NAT DIP Theatre Technology, Technicon of Pretoria
BA (FA) Michaelis school of fine art, UCT-Printmaking


2012 ‘Unfolding-Enfolding’, Church Street, 34 Tulbagh, South Africa
2004 ‘Salt on my Skin’, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
‘Night Journey’, KKNK-SASOL, Oudtshoorn
2002 ‘Amongst Shadows’, Galerie SAAM, Amsterdam, Holland
2001 ‘Birdsong’, AVA Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town
‘Border Crossings’, Ashford Gallery, RHA, Dublin, Ireland
‘Re-collection’, Azul Gallery, The Hague, Holland
2000 ‘Tracings’, Signal Art Gallery, Bray, Ireland
St. Johns Art Centre, Listowel, Ireland
‘A Volatile Place’, Canal Gallery, Newry, N. Ireland
1999 ’Scent’, Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town


2019 ‘Solo Studios’,intimate art encounters, Riebeek Kasteel,RSA
‘Botanica Terrarium’, Gallery ONE11,Cape Town,RSA
‘Works on Paper’,Gallery ONE11,Cape Town,RSA
‘The Enkindled Spring’,Grande Provence, Franschoek
‘Triumvirate’,Art in the Yard, Franschoek
‘Summer Show,The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel

2018 ‘Summer Show’, Gallery One11, Cape Town, RSA
‘Work on Paper’, Knysna Fine ART, Knysna, RSA
‘Small Works’, RK Contemporary, Riebeek Kasteel, RSA
’20 Years-a Celebration’. Knysna Fine Art, Knysna, RSA
‘Solo Studios’ intimate art encounters, Riebeek Kasteel, RSA
‘We Live Here’, RK Contemporary, RSA

2017 ‘Summertide’The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel
‘Sublime’, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek
‘Untitled’, Moor Gallery, Frranschoek
‘Turbine Art Fair’-Solo Studios-JHB
‘Painterly’, Grande Provence, Franschoek
‘Solo Studios EXHIBITION’, Riebeek Valley

2016 ‘Materialisation’, Art in the Yard Gallery, Franschhoek,
‘Lords of winter’, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, South Africa
‘Curators Choice’, Art in the Yard Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa
‘Ephemeral Pleasures’, Moor Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa
‘Kingdom’, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Somerset West, South Africa
‘UNIFIED’, AIY Gallery, Franschoek, South Africa
‘Flowers in Art’, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
‘Summer tide’, The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa
‘Solo Studios’, The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa
‘Vernissage’, Moor Gallery, Franschoek, South Africa
Genre, Moor Gallery, Franschoek, South Africa

2015 ‘Off the Wall’, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa
‘ KINGDOM’, Equus Gallery, Cavalli Estate, Somerset, South Africa
‘SIGNATURE’, Grande Provence, Franschoek, South Africa

2012 ‘Beyond Skin’ The Art Business, Piketberg, South Africa
‘Flesh’, The Art Business, Piketberg, South Africa
2010 ‘For one night only’, Mullineux, Riebeek Kasteel, South Africa

2009 ‘Through my eyes’, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2007 ‘Artworks II’, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town

2006 ‘Town and country’, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
‘Group show’, iART, Cape Town, South Africa
‘Art words’, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Cape Town
2005 ‘FARRAGO’, AVA Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town
‘Finding You’, AVA Metropolitan Gallery, Cape Town
‘Absa L’Atelier Awards ’, Art B Gallery, Cape Town
Absa Gallery Johannesburg
2004 ‘Cape Artists’, Gessaeu Art/AVA, Johannesburg

2001 ‘Touching the Dark’, Windmill Gallery, Tralee, Ireland
‘Dialogues’, Azul Gallery, The Hague, Holland
2000 ’Small Print Exhibition’, Chris Doswell Print Gallery, Limerick, Ireland
‘Wish you were here ’, Original Print Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland
‘Iontas’, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, N. Ireland
Limerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

1999 ‘Open Exhibition of Printmaking’, Ark-T Gallery, Oxford, UK
‘Wall to Wall’, Original Print Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland
1996 ‘Group show’, AREA, Cape Town
1997 ‘Current Investigations ’, Rust & Vreugd Gallery, Cape Town
‘Group show’, Metropolitan Gallery, AVA, Cape Town
‘Postcards from South Africa’, Primart Gallery, Cape Town
1996 ‘Women’s Work’, Centre for African Studies, Cape Town

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS- South Africa, Holland, Norway, USA, UK, Ireland, UAE


2005 ABSA Atelier Awards, Finalist, Johannesburg
2000 Art flight, Art council of Ireland /Aer Lingus Award
1996 Katrien Harris Print award
Printmakers Class Medal
Dean’s Merit list
Exchange Program Glasgow School of Art
1995 Matthew Somers Prize
Mc Iver Scholarship
1990 School of Performing Arts Drawing Prize
Artist Statement

Artist Statement
Being an abstract painter means that I rely solely on the inherent energy of materials, colour, texture, shapes and brushstrokes to articulate and express my thoughts and ideas. Since the picture plane rarely offers anything representational ,the vocabulary of these elements becomes the very essence of my visual language.It’s the pattern and relationship between these elements which weaves the story into a meaningful whole.
Each material I use are chosen for its unique frequency and its the inter relationship between these frequencies experienced in a space of no-mind which evokes ,reveals and whispers the story to the viewer.
The ideas and inspiration for these works are supported by my love and interest for mythology, archetypes, dream language, science , spirituality, nature and celebrates the dance between the masculine and feminine.
Making art becomes a ritual and a ceremony which restores the Self into a balanced whole and helps to bridge the gap between heaven and earth.