‘I CAME UPON A PLACE’

Kate Beagan at The Doorway Gallery Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan at The Doorway Gallery Photo © Michael Fisher

KATE BEAGAN SOLO EXHIBITION IN DUBLIN’S DOORWAY GALLERY 

Kate Beagan's 'House on the Corner'  Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan’s ‘House on the Corner’     €1200     Photo © Michael Fisher

MICHAEL FISHER Northern Standard Thursday 16th April p.34  Carrickmacross News

Kate Beagan's 'Storm on the Horizon'   Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan’s ‘Storm on the Horizon’     RESERVED €1800     Photo © Michael Fisher

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.

Kate Beagan's 'Perbeach in Winter' Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan’s ‘Perbeach in Winter’     €2600     Photo © Michael Fisher

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.

Kate Beagan's 'A Shaft of Light'  Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan’s ‘A Shaft of Light’     SOLD €800   Photo © Michael Fisher

The gallery at South Frederick Street was opened last year by Deirdre Carroll and Denise Donnelly.

Owners of The Doorway Gallery, Deirdre Carroll and Denise Donnelly Photo © Michael Fisher

Owners of The Doorway Gallery, Deirdre Carroll and Denise Donnelly Photo © Michael Fisher

‘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.

Kate Beagan and her sister Karen Carleton Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan and her sister Karen Carleton Photo © Michael Fisher

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.

'After the Storm' by Kate Beagan Photo © Michael Fisher

‘After the Storm’ by Kate Beagan      SOLD €1800      Photo © Michael Fisher

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.

'The Way Home' by Kate Beagan for Jack & Jill Foundation Auction Photo: Zoe Kelly facebook

‘The Way Home’ by Kate Beagan for Jack & Jill Foundation Auction Photo: Zoe Kelly facebook

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.

'Baba Muc' by Niamh O'Connor for Jack & Jill Foundation Auction

‘Baba Muc’ by Niamh O’Connor for Jack & Jill Foundation Auction

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:

http://www.thedoorwaygallery.com.

Kate Beagan's Paintings at The Doorway Gallery, Dublin  Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan’s Paintings at The Doorway Gallery, Dublin Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan's 'A Wet Morning'  Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan’s ‘A Wet Morning’     €800     Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan and Joseph Murphy, Dublin, at The Doorway Gallery exhibition Photo © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan and Joseph Murphy, Dublin, at The Doorway Gallery exhibition Photo © Michael Fisher

KATE BEAGAN EXHIBITION

Kate Beagan at the opening of her exhibition at the Doorway Gallery  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan at the opening of her exhibition at the Doorway Gallery Photo: © Michael Fisher

‘I Came upon a Place’ is the title of Donaghmoyne artist Kate Beagan’s new solo exhibition in Dublin at the Doorway Gallery. Her beautiful landscapes can be seen there until. Thanks to Denise Donnelly and Deirdre Carroll for a successful opening night at South Frederick Street (not far from the Dáil, if you are visiting Dublin).

Kate Beagan at the opening of her exhibition at the Doorway Gallery  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan at the opening of her exhibition at the Doorway Gallery Photo: © Michael Fisher

The Doorway Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition by Kate Beagan, opening  on Thursday April 9th between 6:00-7.30pm on 24 South Frederick Street. The exhibition will run until April 30th.

Painting by Kate Beagan  'Perbeach in Winter' €2,600.00 Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Painting by Kate Beagan ‘Perbeach in Winter’ €2,600.00 Photo: © Michael Fisher

I came upon a Place” is a new series of paintings by the artist Kate Beagan. Inspired by her surroundings in Co. Monaghan, Kate is drawn to the dramatic light cast upon the landscape and how ordinary subjects can become extraordinary when viewed through this light.

'After the Storm' by Kate Beagan €1800 at Doorway Gallery  Photo:  © Michael Fisher http://www.thedoorwaygallery.com/exhibition/kate-beagans-solo-show-i-came-upon-a-place/264/?sold=&offset=1

‘After the Storm’ by Kate Beagan €1800 at Doorway Gallery Photo: © Michael Fisher

In this collection, Kate captures the small winding roads of a county that is unspoilt and set apart from any other because of its drumlins.

Kate Beagan discusses her painting 'Shadows of an Old Life' with Joseph Murphy Dublin Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan discusses her painting ‘Shadows of an Old Life’ with Joseph Murphy Dublin Photo: © Michael Fisher

There are 28 works that can be viewed on the gallery’s website and purchased here.

Two paintings by Kate Beagan: (top) 'A Shaft of Light' and 'A Wet Morning'  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Two paintings by Kate Beagan: (top) ‘A Shaft of Light’ and ‘A Wet Morning’ Photo: © Michael Fisher

Layering the canvas with smooth and confident strokes she paints with various brushes and homemade scrapers in a style that is loose and fresh.

Doorway Gallery owners Deirdre Carroll and Denise Donnelly with Kate Beagan's painting 'Reflection'  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Doorway Gallery owners Deirdre Carroll and Denise Donnelly with Kate Beagan’s painting ‘Reflection’ Photo: © Michael Fisher

MONAGHAN IN DUBLIN

Kate Beagan exhibition at Doorway Gallery Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Kate Beagan exhibition at Doorway Gallery Photo: © Michael Fisher

As the capital prepares for a Monaghan invasion for the return match against the Dubs at Croke Park on Sunday in the National League football semi-final, tonight (Thursday) was also an important (and busy) night for Monaghan folk in Dublin in the arts world. Donaghmoyne artist Kate Beagan was launching a new exhibition of her paintings “I Came Upon A Place” in the Doorway Gallery at South Frederick Street. thoseaprilfeversforwebMary O’Donnell from Monaghan town was celebrating the publication of a new collection of poetry, “Those April Fevers” by Arc Publications. There were many familiar faces in the Benedict Kiely room at the Irish Writers Centre in Parnell Square, including several supporters of the William Carleton summer school such as poets Maurice Harmon and Iggy McGovern.

Mary O'Donnell  Photo:  © Michael Fisher

Mary O’Donnell Photo: © Michael Fisher

TIP FOR THE TOP: KATE BEAGAN

Kate Beagan in her studio Photo: facebook

Kate Beagan in her studio Photo: facebook

LOCAL ARTIST TIPPED FOR ART BUYERS
Michael Fisher

At her studio beside her house in Donaghmoyne overlooking the fairways of the Manaan Castle golf course, artist Kate Beagan is busy preparing to exhibit her work in London and Dublin in the coming months. 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, she was working on a large canvas.
This type of oil painting takes a couple of weeks to complete. Some have been sold privately such as a Carrickmacross street scene. Others have been sold to clients in the public sector such as the Office of Public Works, which bought eight of her paintings, and the business sector including a bank. Kate’s family home where she grew up was close by and she 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. Kate is married to Kevin and they have two daughters in their early 20s and a son aged 17. Twelve of her paintings will be displayed at the affordable art fair in Battersea Park in London in March and will also be shown in Hampstead in June.

Carrickmacross painting Photo:  © Kate Beagan

Carrickmacross painting Photo: © Kate Beagan

Her other main project is preparing for a solo exhibition in April at the Doorway Gallery in Dublin, with the theme ‘I came upon a place’. Another exhibition is due  to be held in Mullingar in September. In the past her works have been displayed in Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Newcastle on Tyne and London. But she believes Monaghan as a county could give more support to the visual arts, as literature and theatre seem to get more attention. She is hoping to set up a visual arts festival with workshops during the weekend of the Patrick Byrne festival in Carrick at the end of March. Kate has also produced some work for charity. She is one of two County Monaghan artists contributing to the ‘Pig Parade’ next month in aid of the Jack and Jill foundation, but that work is still under wraps at the moment. She is also contributing work for a Paolo Tullio cookbook that will be sold to raise funds for schools in Nepal. In 2007 she illustrated the book ‘Monaghan: County of the Little Hills’, authored by Brian Deery. It seems her star is very much in the ascendant as she is due to be included in an art buyers’ catalogue as one of four or five Irish artists tipped by the auction houses to invest in. So Kate is hoping that 2015 will prove to be a good year.

Carrickmacross News, Northern Standard  14/01/15

Carrickmacross News, Northern Standard 14/01/15

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