Phyllis Mahon

Phyllis Mahon

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

About Phyllis Mahon

Welcome to my Saatchi shop ...
my inspirations have always been romantic love, and literature, with women and lovers as the main subject.

My childhood was spent in rural Northern Ireland and my artistic training was at Belfast College of Art, where I studied Painting & Printmaking for five years, from 1971 - 76.

I loved city life as soon as I moved there and after graduating I moved to London, England. In the early 1980s it was an exciting place to be and I was really fortunate to be accepted onto a short-life housing scheme for artists which provided accommodation as well as space to work - this was so important as I was able to raise my young family and dedicate myself to my career.

In those early years I occasionally illustrated editorial, as well as holding Open Studios every year. Our whole street housed many artists, in fact the whole East London area was host to many thousands of artist studios, so it was quite a novel situation. These years also saw me exhibiting regularly throughout the UK and Ireland.

I once held a large solo exhibition at Mount Berry College, Georgia, USA, and was one of seven artists representing Northern Ireland at an exhibition in Hong Kong’s Fung Ping Shan Museum.

In 1993, for personal reasons, I relocated to the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds. A few years after I moved here, I began five years of freelance illustration for an international “Colour Therapy" company - this brought my artwork to a worldwide audience. Some examples of the fascinating projects that I illustrated can be seen on my web site ~ mostly literary: Tarot, Numerology, I’Ching and Astrology.

My personal artwork is however, unplanned. It's an emotional response to my everyday life, so it's always a pleasant surprise to me. Now in retrospect I see that I had to fall in love with this countryside that became my home in my early forties ... and it took some time for that to happen: the trees and open skies eventually won me over, because in truth I did miss city life for quite a while. Landscape has now become a subject in its own right; it's no longer just a background for my women and lovers!

I love my life's quiet, if somewhat insular existence. There's no time to be bored - ever. And thanks to social media and selling online, my artworks are in many private collections all over the world.

I enjoy working in a variety of mediums: acrylic on canvas, watercolor on handmade paper, digital drawing, stonecarving in the local limestone ... for the latter I was thrilled to receive an Arts Council Award to learn - just in time for my fiftieth birthday - a perfect "mid-career" boost!

When I am not working I enjoy reading and swimming.


Belfast College of Art ... 1971-75: B.A. Honours Degree in Fine Art; 1976: Postgraduate in Printmaking.


1977: Art Council Northern Ireland Award to learn photography.

2004: Arts Council England Award to learn stonecarving.


Solo exhibitions:​

2017 Beloved, Gallery at St. Martins, Lincoln
2015 Queen of Hearts, Gallery at St. Martins, Lincoln
2013 20 Years of Lovers Images,Gallery at St. Martins, Lincoln (Feb)
2013 Home from Home,Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone (April)
2013 Love in a dark landscape, Gallery at St. Martins Lincoln (October)
2005 Paper Kisses,Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
2002 Horncastle College, Lincolnshire
2001 Tea & Tamoxifen, Body Talk, Toynton All Saints & Editions Ltd, Liverpool
1999 Goddesses for the Millennium, Lucia Angelis Gallery,Tetford, Lincolnshire
1998 Lovers in the Light, Lucia Angelis Gallery, Lincolnshire
1998 Moon Gallery, Mount Berry College, Georgia, U.S.A.
1997 Horner Gallery, Magherafelt, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland
1994 Watergate Street Gallery,Chester
1993 Stansell Gallery Taunton & Editions Gallery, Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool
1992 Intimations of Desire, Hunt Jennings Gallery, Mayfair, London
1991 Northern Ireland Business Centre, Mayfair, London
1990 Bromham Mill Gallery, Bedfordshire
1989 Dreams and Desires,Octagon Gallery, Belfast & Worcester City Art Gallery;
1989 Woman embracing a dream,Kerlin Gallery, Dublin & Ayling Porteous, Chester.
1988 To see behind her Lamont Gallery, London & Hendriks Gallery, Dublin
1987 Ayling Porteous Gallery, Chester; Bluecoat Gallery,Liverpool
1984 Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast
1982 Annexe Gallery, Covent Garden, London & Octagon Gallery, Belfast
1980 Project Gallery, Dublin
1978 Octagon Gallery,Belfast

Mixed Exhibitions:

2014 Gallery at St. Martins Anniversary Exhibition
2011 Best of the Best Cupola Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibition
2010 The moment of privacy has passed; The Usher Gallery, Lincoln
2010 Made to fit, small works by women, Basingstoke
2009 Honey seems bitter; Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Northern Ireland
2008 Temptation; Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2008 Miniatures; Cupola Gallery, Sheffield
2007 Valentine’s Exhibition John Bloxham Gallery, London
2005 Forge Arts Sculpture; Lincoln & Sculpture in the Garden, Hall Farm, Gainsborough
2005 Dialogues with form; Cavanacor Gallery, Co Donegal, Ireland
2004 Binding; Picture House Centre, Leicester
2004 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition; London
2004 At home with art; The Lionel Phillips Collection, Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
1999 Lucia Angelis Gallery, Lincolnshire
1998 Erotica; Olympia, London
1995 Objects of Love; The Gallery on Cork Street, London
1994 The Women Artists’ Diary (Cover image);
1995 Brixton Art Gallery & Diorama Centre, London
1992 Art with Attitude; Hunt Jennings Gallery,London
1992 A Sense of Ireland; Liberty & Co., London
1992 Christmas Exhibition Lamont Gallery London
1991 Bolton School, Lancashire
1991 Belfast 1991; Exhibition touring Northern Ireland
1991 Art in Boxes; England & Co.Gallery, London.
1991 Art ‘91 Lamont Gallery, Business Design Centre, London
1988 Artworks for London Lighthouse 2.
1988 Visions of Women, Lamont Gallery, London
1987 Seven Artists from Northern Ireland, Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong
1987 Athena Art Awards, Concourse Gallery, Barbican, London
1987 Black and White from Rouge Press Curwen Gallery, London
1986 Christmas Print Show, Angela Flowers Gallery, London
1986 Summer Show, Hendriks Gallery, Dublin
1985 The Odalisque, Centaur Gallery, London
1985 Association of Illustrators’ 10th Annual, Smith’s Gallery, London.
1977 4 by 4; Four Northern Irish artists; Project Arts Centre, Dublin