KATE BEAGAN SOLO EXHIBITION IN DUBLIN’S DOORWAY GALLERY
MICHAEL FISHER Northern Standard Thursday 16th April p.34 Carrickmacross News
When the Northern Standard visited Kate Beagan in January at her studio in Donaghmoyne overlooking Manaan Castle golf course, she was busy preparing to exhibit her work in London and Dublin. She concentrates on painting contemporary landscapes, inspired by scenes close to where she lives.
Old houses and fields provide the inspiration for much of her work. As she spoke to me three months ago, she was working on a large canvas. So it was a delight to be able to see the finished work, ‘Perbeach in Winter’ displayed prominently at the Doorway Gallery in Dublin at the opening of her solo exhibition last Thursday.
The gallery at South Frederick Street was opened last year by Deirdre Carroll and Denise Donnelly.
‘I came upon a Place’ features 33 of Kate’s colourful works, with prices ranging from €350 for a small canvas up to €2600 for the large painting. Among the visitors on the opening night were her sister Karen Carleton, manager of the Mill Theatre in Dundrum and the artist and poet Roisin Duffy from Sreenty near Carrickmacross.
Some of Kate’s previous works have been sold to private collectors. Others have gone to clients in the public sector, including the Office of Public Works, and the business sector. Kate went to the St Louis Convent in Carrickmacross. She went to art college in Galway but did not finish her degree.
She emigrated to Australia, where she spent ten years before returning to Ireland and took up her brushes again. Kate is married to Kevin and they have two daughters in their early 20s and a son aged 17. Another solo exhibition is due to be held in Mullingar in September.
Kate was one of two County Monaghan artists who contributed to the ‘Pigs on Parade’ in March in aid of Jonathan Irwin’s childrens’ charity, the Jack and Jill foundation. Her pig ‘The Way Home’ was sold at auction for €950.
Niamh O’Connor a friend of hers and fellow artist from Ballinode also created a pig ‘Baba Muc’ that fetched €600.
Kate’s latest exhibition runs until Thursday April 30th so if you are visiting Dublin, it’s worth visiting the Doorway Gallery, which is close to Trinity College and Leinster House.
Opening hours from 10:30am to 6:30pm Monday to Saturday.
Her pictures, at least fourteen of which have already been sold and one reserved, can also be viewed on the gallery’s website: