artist profile

Deirdre Kearney makes work that reflects her own history. The daughter of a shipwright her pieces reference the landscapes exclusive to the shipyards of Belfast and Dublin where her father and grandfather worked during the expansion of both ports. Her investigations centre on the power of the sea and the passive aggressive nature of water as a force of destruction. Deirdre is interested in manipulating the response of the viewer. Her aim is to study the power of the seemingly randomly placed pigment in eliciting, what can often be, a powerful emotional response.

Obtaining a Bachelor of Civil Law Degree in 1979 Deirdre qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and initially embarked on a career in law, working as a solicitor for nearly 15 years. Deirdre maintained her art practice throughout this period. In addition, Deirdre also holds a qualification in Interior Design and worked as a graphic designer.

In 1990 Deirdre gave up her career in Law to devote herself entiirely to the development of her art practice. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions including 4 solo shows. She was appointed artist in residence to Meanscoil Garman, Enniscorthy in 2010 and became artist in residence to Mount Anville School, Dublin in 2012. This role continues to date. Deirdre is currently engaged in completing her Masters at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Deirdre’s works form part of many private and public collections.