B  E  R  N  I  E       L  E  A  H  Y

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Title: Sixteen Years

“Leahy is an artist who is both prolific and brave in her use of materials. She is internationally established, particularly in her use of stitch. Not a textile artist, but an artist who uses stitch both two and three dimensionally, creating visceral artworks.”

Dr Audrey Whitty, National Museum of Ireland, April 2017.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibition, New York, 2018/2019. Details to follow.

‘Elements’, Armagh Market Arts Centre, 2017, Mid Career Solo Exhibition

Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Video Installation & Sound, intrinsic with stitch.

 

Solomon Gallery, Dublin, July & Dec exhibitions 2015, Stitched Drawings and Paintings.

RHA, 2014, Stitched Drawing and Sculpture.

National Craft Gallery, frequently from 2005 – 2013.

Farmleigh, 2012.

National Craft Gallery, 2010, Major two person show with Alice Kettle, UK.

New York, SOFA, 2009 with Snyderman Works Gallery.

Chicago, SOFA, 2008.

Represented Ireland:      International Fiberart Biennale, Philadelphia, 2008/9.

Represented Ireland:      International Fiberart Biennale, Venezuela, 2004.

London, Solo Show ‘Line’ 2004.

Group Shows Liverpool 2009, Rome 2005, China 2006.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COMMISSIONS & PURCHASES

MASON, HAYES & CURRAN, 2012. Purchase of three large stitched drawings, *First Fine Craft artworks to be included in this collection.

Northern Ireland Health Service Executive:

A series of six very large embroidered drawings for Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Co Antrim.

‘Conversations’, 2005. Each 2m x 1m

Waterford General Hospital:   

An installation of 6 embroidered panels with mixed media & text for Waterford Healing Arts.

‘DrinkTalk’, on the subject of alcohol use, 2006.

Dept of Education with Fingal County Council, Per Cent for Art Commission:

‘100 Wishes’ Embroidered panel, Glass, steel set into the grounds of Ballyboughal National School.

Waterford Institute of Education:     

Slate stone, stitching, silk, light.  Title: Eachother’, 2006.

Office of Public Works, OPW.                                      

Bronze, Gold leaf, silk.   ‘Passio’, 2008. Purchase from Exhibition

Kildare Arts & Library:

Quaker Museum, Ballitore, Co Kildare.  Installation of embroidery, stitched drawings of portraits.

100 Images of Care, 2006.

Short Lists:

Leahy has been shortlisted for numerous other public healthcare commissions including:

Ulster Hospital Maternity Unit,

Altnagelvin (2 commissions);

Marie Curie Centre, Belfast;

Mental Health Facility, Craigavon & Banbridge.

PerCent for Art, Wicklow.

EDUCATION

1987 Design, at National College of Art and Design www.ncad.ie

1995 Post Grad Art and Design Education, NCAD

1983 Cert Visual Communication, Institute of Art and Design, Dun Laoghaire www.iadt.ie

 

AWARDS

2007   ‘STANDARD SETTER HIGH PROFILE Award, Irish Arts Review Magazine.

2008  Design and Craft Council of Ireland Merit Award for Bursary.

2004  Leahy received several awards for a single series of drawings:

RDS 1st Prize Gold Medal for Contemporary Embroidery,

The William Smith OBrien Cup for Excellence, and nominated for the Muriel Gahan Scholarship.

 

PRESS, TV & PUBLICATIONS:

Irish Arts Review Magazine published a feature on the artist, in 2007. Since then her work has featured numerous times in this publication.  Her work has also featured in the US publication Fiberarts Magazine, the Irish Times newspaper, Sunday Business Post amongst other publications.  2010 the Batsford publication ‘Drawn’ by author Gwen Hedley, used her profile to explore drawing in mixed media.  She is also featured in Alice Kettle’s book ‘Machine Perspectives’ (2011)

Her work has appeared  on National Irish TV, on ‘The Late Late Show’,  ‘Nationwide’, and she  was the featured artist for TG4’s arts programme Imeall for Christmas Night 2013.

 

 

 

Bernie Leahy’s drawings, paintings and sculpture are developed in different materials and techniques including plaster, bronze, canvas, text, and stitch. Her interests lie in the exploration of textural mark-making, and economy of line. The element of light, and its interplay on the textured surface plays an important role in making these marks. At the centre of her work is the human connection, frequently using the human form, through themes of protection.

“….in the art of Bernie Leahy, her work plays many emotional chords, there is a common thread of kindness and humanity behind all the pieces…”

Irish Arts Review Magazine

A  R  T  I  S  T       S  T  A  T  E  M  E  N  T

These drawings try to capture a fleeting moment in time, to convey the essence of the subject, and hence often show only essential fragments of the image. I am interested in the stitch as mark making, as undecorative & defined line and its resulting interaction with light. The line or mark often delineates the space around the forms, allowing them to emerge out of a tangible ground.  Subject matter is often fragments of the human figure or portrait, used to convey fleeting moods, glances, moments.   Much of the work uses montone materials with light, but her palette has broadened to include vibrancy of colour in recent years.  Leahy’s interest in the nature and quality of  materials eg glass, copper, concrete and bronze  have led to a development of sculptural forms.
– Bernie Leahy

 

CONTACT DETAILS

 

Bernie Leahy

Station Road

LUSK,

Co Dublin

IRELAND

Queries about sales or exhibiting EMAIL:

bernieleahy123@gmail.com

WEB:

www.bernieleahy.ie

www.facebook.com/BernieLeahyArt

 

 

 

 

 

 

SELECTED SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2017      Elements  Solo exhibition, April – June 2017.  Market Arts Centre, Armagh.

2011       The Narrative Line, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn;  curator Ann Mulrooney.

2010       The Narrative Line, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; curator Ann Mulrooney.

2007       Protection & Passion, Talbot Gallery, Dublin 1, curator Elaine Grainger.

2004       ‘LINE’,  Fabrications Gallery, London

2004       The Girls, Tad Concept Gallery, Rome.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015      Solomon Gallery, Dublin. Winter Group Exhibition 2015

2015      Solomon Gallery, Dublin. Portfolio at Solomon, July 2015

2012      RHA Gallery, Dublin. Group Show With

2012      Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin. Group Show.

2011       Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; selected by an international panel.

2011       The Ark, Temple Bar, “Crafted Creatures”, curated by Brian Kennedy.

2010       Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny;  Farmleigh, Dublin, selected by an international panel.

2010       International Fiberart Biennial, representing Ireland. Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia.

    Selected by Rick Snyderman, curated by Bruce Hoffman.

2010       SOFA New York, Snyderman Works Gallery, selected  & curated by Bruce Hoffman

2008       SOFA Chicago, National Craft Gallery, Chicago, curated by Brian Kennedy.

2008       I’ll Never Walk Alone, NCG, Kilkenny; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, curated by Ann Mulrooney.

2007       Sculpture in Context, National Botanical Gardens, Dublin. Selected

2004       International Textile Biennial 2004, Museo de la Ciundad, Venezuela, Selected.

2004       RDS Craft Show, Marketplace Arts Centre, Armagh; Galway Arts Centre;Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.     

2004       Irish Art in China, 411 Gallery, Hangzhou City, China. Selected.

 

AWARDS            

2007       HIGH PROFILEAward, Irish Arts Review Magazine          

2008    CCOI Merit Award Bursary                                      

2004    RDS 1st Prize Medal for Contemporary          

2004    The William Smith OBrien Cup for Excellence                  

2004    Nominated for the Muriel Gahan Scholarship      

 

 

 

EDUCATION       

 

 

 

 

Leahy has exhibited widely in Ireland and internationally including New York, Chicago,  Philadelphia, representing Ireland as part of the 7th International Fiber Art Biennale 2010, and the International Textile Biennale 2004 representing Ireland in Venezuela.   Her artwork has also been internationally exhibited in the London, China and Rome, and forms part of private & public collections in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, St Louis, New Jersey, as well as the UK & Ireland.  Her major two-person exhibition ‘The Narrative Line’, with UK artist Alice Kettle in the National Craft Gallery travelled in 2010/2011. A member of ‘Irish Craft Portfolio’ since 2005, she consistently produces fine craft work to an international exhibition standard. Membership of this group is selected by an international panel for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.  www.dccoi.ie

Her work in sculpture, usually for public commission, employs a wide variety of materials – bronze, steel,  glass, plaster, gold leaf.

Public Commissions include Per Cent for Art, Ballyboughal NS, with Fingal Co Co; Office of Public Works; Muckamore Abbey Hospital, with NI Arts Council; Waterford Healing Arts Trust; Quaker Museum with Kildare Co Co; and others. See details below.

 

SELECTED SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

2017      Elements  Solo exhibition, April – June 2017.  Market Arts Centre, Armagh.

2011       The Narrative Line, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn;  curator Ann Mulrooney.

2010       The Narrative Line, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; curator Ann Mulrooney.

2007       Protection & Passion, Talbot GalleryDublin 1, curator Elaine Grainger.

2004       ‘LINE’,  Fabrications Gallery, London

2004       The Girls, Tad Concept Gallery, Rome.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2015      Solomon Gallery, Dublin. Winter Group Exhibition 2015

2015      Solomon Gallery, Dublin. Portfolio at Solomon, July 2015

2012      RHA Gallery, Dublin. Group Show With

2012      Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin. Group Show.

2011       Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; selected by an international panel.

2011       The Ark, Temple Bar, “Crafted Creatures”, curated by Brian Kennedy.

2010       Irish Craft Portfolio, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny;  Farmleigh, Dublin, selected by an international panel.

2010       International Fiberart Biennial, representing Ireland. Snyderman Works Gallery, Philadelphia.

    Selected by Rick Snyderman, curated by Bruce Hoffman.

2010       SOFA New York, Snyderman Works Gallery, selected  & curated by Bruce Hoffman

2008       SOFA Chicago, National Craft Gallery, Chicago, curated by Brian Kennedy.

2008       I’ll Never Walk Alone, NCG, Kilkenny; Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, curated by Ann Mulrooney.

2007       Sculpture in Context, National Botanical Gardens, Dublin. Selected

2004       International Textile Biennial 2004, Museo de la Ciundad, Venezuela, Selected.

2004       RDS Craft Show, Marketplace Arts Centre, Armagh; Galway Arts Centre;Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.     

2004       Irish Art in China, 411 GalleryHangzhou City, China. Selected.

 

AWARDS            

2007       HIGH PROFILE’ Award, Irish Arts Review Magazine          

2008    CCOI Merit Award Bursary                                      

2004    RDS 1st Prize Medal for Contemporary          

2004    The William Smith OBrien Cup for Excellence                  

2004    Nominated for the Muriel Gahan Scholarship      

EDUCATION       

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  1. Hello Bernie,
    I attended a workshop with you in DLRcoco recently and, it being a great success and great fun, a group of us have decided to set up a new arts and crafts group. We’re putting together a funding proposal and would like to know how much you would charge for a workshop session. My number is 086-0333-756 if you would like to call. Many thanks, Erica

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