19 to 29 October 2017
Imagine Arts Festival 2017. Bernadette Kiely | “…i never think of the future, it comes soon enough…”
An exhibition of painting, drawing and moving image.
Best known for her paintings of river and flooded landscapes based on the themes of the passage of time and the transient, fragile nature of the physical world, Bernadette Kiely’s references include landscape and environmental photography, contemporary and historical painting, geographical and historical landscape drawings, maps, weather imagery and topographical and archaelogical drawing.
She also references memory as related to the landscapes of her family history.
‘I never think of the future, it comes soon enough’ is a known quote from Albert Einstein. Kiely uses it metaphorically in relation to her work based on land and water in the present time. She poses the quote as a question and invites us, through her artwork, to contemplate the value, or not, of thinking about the future in relation to the landscape of the contemporary world.
Bernadette Kiely grew up in Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary and graduated from the College of Art and Design, Waterford I.T. with a first class honours in Graphic Design Communications. She studied drawing at the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London, UK and is a self taught painter.
Elected to the membership of Aosdana in 2007 she has exhibited her work in both individual and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.
Her work is held in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Europe, Korea and the USA. She lives and works in Thomastown, County Kilkenny and is represented in Ireland by Taylor Galleries, Dublin.