A Short Bio
Deirdre Keenaghan is a contemporary artist,currently working as a Creative in Schools for Regional Arts Victoria.
Her practice explores the interpretation of home and place,based on her observations of the surrounding landscape and the memories of her homeland,Ireland.
There is often an element of dislocation in her portrayal of the place she lives, this is explored through paint or collage. She works mainly in oils, and gouache paint. She also paints cows, and has gained quite a following for these works.
In 2015 she gained a BA in Fine Art through Curtin University in Perth, WA. Prior to that she studied at the CIT in Perth, leading to an Advanced Diploma in Visual Art.
Her works are held in private collections in both Australia and Europe, including the WA State Government collection. She was a recipient of the prestigious International Art Book Award in 2019, her artbook was displayed at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum,Sydney.
She was awarded a painting residency at the Cill Rialaig Art Centre in Ireland in 2017. In 2015 she was selected to be part of the Moreland Summer Show. She exhibits regularly, most recently at SOMA Gallery in Brunswick and The Shop Gallery, in Glebe, Sydney.
Previously she based her practice in art studios in Melbourne and Sydney, and is now setting up a studio on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.
As part of this new move she will be listed on the Art Trail in Bellarine in 2021 which will coincide with Design week in Geelong. She is currently studying at the Gordon,Geelong for her TAE Cert IV.