Bernadette Kiely : Local Time: New Paintings
Opening Reception: Saturday July 24, 2004, 3:00 – 5:30 pm
This show features paintings in response to the landscape of the North Mayo coast; some of the work was included in the recent Model Arts and Niland Gallery exhibition in Sligo. In Mayo, Kiely found “the blackness of the bog, the silver colour of the sea and sky, the stark contrasts between light and shadow.” The paintings that resulted are based on the themes of bog cotton and gorse, treated as recurring yet transient events of startling contrast in the landscape, events that show the gradual passing of local time. These are works of great texture, painterly and rich. They are abstract images that skirt the edge of representation, both meditative and dramatic in their presentation.
Born in County Tipperary, Kiely lives in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. She attended the School of Art and Design, Waterford and the Slade School of Art, London. She shows regularly at the Taylor Galleries in Dublin and the Stephen Lacey Gallery in London. Her work is in numerous public and private collections, including AIB, Office of Public Works, Butler Gallery, Garter Lane Art Centre, University of Limerick, and the Ballinglen Arts Foundation.