Myra Jago’s paintings operate in the juncture between perception and reality. The reflective nature of the work is embodied within dream-like vistas of fine oil surfaces, where absolute realism melds into myth, gravity into weightlessness and earthly concerns into ethereality.
Recent works consider our social and political climate. Oil paintings delve into current issues, confining each to their island in order to get a clearer picture of how things are – each island set adrift in a nothingness of calm, with only a reflection to confirm its existence.
Beauty is an important part of Jago's practice but also intrinsic to the human condition – we seek it out wherever we go and grow it in our gardens. Beauty is a tenuous thing that beguiles alongside mirroring, drawing us into another headspace. Smooth canvas surfaces add to that seduction and are prepared with several smooth uninterrupted layers of ground. The combined approach of oil paint thinly veiling hard issues releases a tension as each work is explored.
Myra Jago’s solo exhibition Now Islands ran at The RHA Ashford Gallery Dublin Sept-Oct 2019. Her self portrait won a Highly Commended Award in The 2017 Hennessy Portrait Prize, The National Gallery of Ireland. A six month residency at The Royal Hibernian Academy School (2015) strengthened her practice and she has been fortunate to have her work featured since 2014 and again in this year's 190th RHA Annual Exhibition. Jago achieved her MFA in Fine Art Painting at NCAD in 2011 following her BA (Hons) in 2009.
On the island of Ireland, her work has shown at The National Gallery of Ireland, The Royal Hibernian Academy, The Hugh Lane Gallery, The Central Bank of Ireland, Áras Inis Gluaire, The Honourable Society of King's Inns' Law Library, NUI Maynooth, The Royal Ulster Academy, The Ulster Hall, a Billboard in East Belfast and The Séamus Ennis Gallery. Her paintings have exhibited internationally in Chicago, New York, Brussels, Tokyo, Hong Kong and The UK.
Central Bank & Financial Services Authority Ireland, 2009
Green 8 Express, Japan, 2017
Hotel Bloom! Brussels, 2008
Kildare County Council, 2012
Office of Public Works, 2009, 2009, 2010
Scor Global, 2016
Private collections throughout Ireland, Belgium, China, Italy, Japan, UK & USA.