Bernadette Kiely

Bernadette Kiely (087 2925426). Bernadette grew up in Carrick on Suir and graduated from the College of Art and Design, Waterford I.T. before attending the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has exhibited her largescale paintings and drawings nationally and internationally. In 2007 she was elected to Aosdana for her significant contribution to art in Ireland. She is represented by Taylor Galleries, 16, Kildare Street, Dublin.

tell me about your mother

Bernadette is showcasing her new exhibition ’tell me about your mother… (feat. The Two Travellers)’, a tribute to her mother, it is a poignant meditation on time, grief and a celebration of a life combined. It is strongly rooted in the artist’s sense of place and the evocative memories that they hold. Through revisiting places from her childhood and using old photographs and postcards of the area, Kiely was able to reflect on her mother Maisie’s life and recent passing. The work in this exhibition is an intimate collection of smaller works including drawings, paintings, photographs and poetry with reference objects. Maisie Kiely (nee Cummins) lived between Killenaule and Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary and it is this landscape that inspired this exhibition. “The Two Travellers” by: C.J. Boland references Killenaule and many of the places that made up the landscape of Maisie’s life. The poem also has meaning for Bernadette as her father was widely travelled, having been stationed in Singapore after the war.


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