Margaret Corcoran was born in Dublin in 1963.
She is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (including a study period at Chelsea School of Art, London, England) and also holds a Masters in Fine Art Painting from NCAD, Dublin. She currently lives and works in Dublin.
Her work is predominantly studio and painting based. Corcoran previously reworked paintings from the Western tradition in ways that anatomised and questioned their underlying cultural assumptions on beauty, gender and privilege. But recent works marked a development in that, rather than manipulating the imagery – the female presence is predominant, and challenging. Corcoran pushes the boundaries between past, present, personal and historical narratives. Corcoran’s work explores subjects such as identity, national identity, colonialism and post-colonialism in an art-historical and social context.
She has exhibited throughout her own country – Ireland – and in the USA, Italy, France and London, England.
Her works are in the collections of The Arts Council of Ireland, The State Collection of Ireland, Trinity College Collections, Dublin, The Collection of Dublin City University and The Collection of University of Notre Dame du Lac, USA.