Portrait artist’s innovative work captures essence of sitters

Bawtry artist Onagh Bagley with some of her work.
Bawtry artist Onagh Bagley with some of her work.
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Things are happening for young Doncaster artist Oonagh Bagley.

Within a few months of leaving art school, the 21-year-old has set up her own studio, started taking commissions for portraits and is looking forward to her first exhibition in the summer.

Bawtry artist Onagh Bagley with some of her work.

Bawtry artist Onagh Bagley with some of her work.

But would-be subjects do not have to worry about shedding their clothes.

Although Oonagh enjoys painting striking full-size nudes, she is just as happy to paint more modest portraits in a variety of media.

Bawtry resident Oonagh recently graduated from Birmingham University with a Bachelor of Art degree in Fine Art and has now returned home to Martin Lane, where her parents have allowed her to convert a room in their house into a studio as a base for a full-time arts career.

Oonagh, who was born in Scotland, has lived in Bawtry since she was 10 years old.

She was a pupil at Ranby House School and Worksop College before studying at university and was always keen on art.

“Since I was a little girl I have been interested in art. I paint in a traditional style and my passion is for portraiture. In my work I use a variety of mediums that include oil paints, coloured pencil, black and white charcoal and watercolour,” she said.

“I can paint from a photograph or the subject can schedule a time for a sitting during which I can capture their likeness on to canvas.”

Her biggest ambition at the moment is to open her own gallery but for now she is happy to settle for showing her work at other venues.

Oonagh is mounting a display of her work at Gallery 12a in South Parade, Doncaster, during July.

Anyone interested in commissioning a portrait can contact her on 07946 419058.