About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/749
  • First Name: Bernadette
  • Last Name: Kiely
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1958
  • Place of Birth: Tipperary
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Website: www.bernadettekiely.ie
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
    • Photography
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Mixed Media
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Taylor Galleries, 
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Office of Public Works (OPW).
    • National Self Portrait Collection, University of Limerick.
    • Other
    • AIB (Allied Irish Banks).
    • Bulter Gallery, Kilkenny
    • PMPA Insurance
    • An Bord Gais
    • Contemporary Irish Arts Society

other Info Source:

Artifact CD-ROM (1997) [database of contemporary Irish artists]


1989 Drawing the Line, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. Prize winner.
1996 COE Prize winner
1997 COE Prize winner


No Date Waterford School of Art, Waterford, Distinction. Graphic Design;
No Date Slade School of Fine Art, London.


Kiely spent two years working in New York and London with graphic design and architectural companies. She began painting full-time in 1985. Drawing inspiration from movement and light, her thick impasto abstract paintings are rooted in figurative studies of landscape, particularly the rivers and coastal areas of the south of Ireland. A teacher at the Grennan Mill Craft School, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Kiely has exhibited extensively in major group shows in Ireland. She became a member of Aosdána in 2007. Her work is represented in many prestigious public and private collections. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases, catalogues and images of the artist's work.