"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." -Anaïs Nin
Marina Wild is an artist and illustrator based in Galway, Ireland.
An underlying theme in much of her work is the cyclic nature of life: loss and renewal, birth and death, hope, love and grief feature strongly in her often dreamlike imagery.
Her paintings and drawings also explore female identities and archetypes and the realm of dreams and memory and tend to emerge from a stream-of-consciousness approach. She hopes the viewer can glean their own personal meaning from her work.
Marina has exhibited in Ireland, Spain and Germany and has provided illustrations for children’s books and most recently Rab Fulton's new book Galway Bay Folk Tales, published by The History Press Ireland.
Her paintings and drawings can be found in sitting rooms, hallways, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms in various countries in Europe as well as in Mexico and the United States, and in the art collection of NUI Galway.
Out now: Jumbo Discovers Giraffeland, the second story in the Jumbo trilogy. Written by Lionel Gallagher and illustrated by me; design by Conor Gallagher (www.eyecondesign.ie). See Books section below for more information.
Some of the original pencil drawings for the Jumbo books are now for sale in our Etsy shop.
Upcoming exhibitions: Two-person show with Dagmar Drabent in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway, in August 2015
Jumbo Wants to be a Hippo, the first story in a trilogy written by Lionel Gallagher and illustrated by me, is now available in Charlie Byrne's and in the NUI Galway bookshop. I also have copies (just e-mail me - I am selling them for €7,50 each), or click on the title to order from Amazon. Book 2, Jumbo Discovers Giraffeland, will be available in bookshops soon and can also be purchased directly from me for €7,50.
Galway Bay Folk Tales by Rab Fulton, illustrated by me and published by The History Press Ireland - more information here.
Pirates, Dragons and Moon Monsters, a collaboration with writer and storyteller Rab Swannock Fulton, commissioned by Múscailt Arts Festival, NUI Galway, will soon be published in book form!
I am a Notebook and I Talk to Myself, written by Irma Mento with illustrations by me, will be published the beginning of 2015.
The next term of Marina's art classes will start in autumn 2015. Dates to be confirmed. For info on summer classes, go to CLASSES in the top bar.
Venue: Art Room, upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway
Duration: eight weeks
All are welcome.
New: Saturdays (five Saturdays) 2-5pm and summer classes (go to CLASSES in the top bar)
Lunchtime classes: 55 euro for eight weeks
Evening classes: 80 euro for eight weeks
For further information/to book a place, please e-mail