Olga Geoghegan is a technical virtuoso who paints universal and haunting paintings of people, places or objects.
Geoghegan's technical ability is reminiscent of a style of painting that has been long neglected. The weight of the old masters is evident in her work.
Elizabeth Simoneau of the International Association of Art Critics wrote of Olga's work in 2010: "On one level, she's right. Olga’s paintings are about painting; about its very substance, about the process, and even about paint itself. Here one feels the hand and eye of an artist for whom, schooled by masters since she was a child, composition and the manipulation of colour have become close to pure instinct." It is hard to see Olga's figures in context, because they are not placed in context in the painting itself - the lack of background, other than the rich texture and colour of the paint, masterfully applied, give the paintings a haunting and ethereal feel, perhaps a sense of being Out of Place, and they invite you to engage emotionally with the picture, rather than spoon-feeding you the content. The art critic Malcolm Storer writes about this exhibition: “The figures emerged silently out of the paint. They shimmered like an El Greco, the dissolute backgrounds reminiscent of Picasso’s Rose Period, each canvas a tour de force in the distillation of the human condition”. This exhibition depicts people remaining stoic and going about their business against a backdrop of harsh conditions in a declining post-industrial region. Olga's work shows that these themes are not confined to one country, they are universal. Although Olga's own story inspired the title of the exhibition, Out of Place, her work most definitely finds its place as some of the best to be seen.