2009: Emerging Dublin Artist. The Phoenix. July 31st, 2009
They say your art reflects your life. For Frank O'Dea this certainly seems to be true. His paintings seem like portraits of the characters he has studied in his life, as a daytime bank official and at night when he used to play piano in restaurants. Regular themes include musicians, fashion models, lovers and various cafe scenes, all in bright colours that express the vibrancy of modern Dublin life. He cites Nico's Italian restaurant in Dame Street and Chapter One restaurant on Parnell Square as great places to observe various characters and personalities.
A Dubliner, born and bred, his interest in art began at an early age when he used to copy the caricatures and cartoons in newspapers and magazines. Today, he works primarily with oils, where the rich warm hues draw the viewer into the painting. The intense oranges and reds remind us of balmy summers and instill the associated feel good factor.
His paintings have also been reproduced as both limited editions and greeting cards. He has exhibited widely, including the Spring and November Art Ireland events in the RDS. He operates mainly through his online gallery www.frankodea.net but also at Spiller Gallery in Dublin and Lynch's Gallery in Lahinch.