Saturday, September 8, 2012

Opening Night At The Back Lane Pop Up Gallery

Culture Night Ireland

The Back Lane Artists are pulling out the stops on the 21st of September for Culture Night

The Gallery Space is huge so the is plenty of space showcase the beautiful art of Kerry.  19 artist from Kerry and Cork will have Landscapes,Portraits and contemporary art on show.

During the day we will have demonstrations from our artists.
Robin Alger will be doing a pottery exhibition from 4pm  until 5pm
Tina Reed will be showing us how to use a pallet knife from 5:30pn until 6:30 pm
We will have Live Tradition Music featuring on of our artists Ronnie Moore from 7pm until 10pm along with our wine reception.

Deborah O'Keeffe has been working on her exhibitions of Portraits. Titled:  People of Ireland. 
Deborah O'Keeff
Passing Time
14" x18" Oil
There will be 25 portraits in this series.  10 have been completed and can be seen on the night before going to New York for her exhibition there.

Artist Ronnie Moore, Tina Reed, Terese O'Keeffe, Christoper O'Connor and Oliva O'Carra have all been painting and will have there new work on the night.  An exciting addition is artist  Elhaje Conde his work based on his his African roots are vibrant and textural.  They are a must see!  Roman Rocco Burgan, has 20 pastels in this show and his work it full of colour concentrating on the drama of the Kerry Landscape.
Roman Rocco Burgen

 Gearoid O'Duinnin has been working on his upcoming solo exhibition and will have  several of his new works on display.
                                                               Geroid O'Duinnin

This is an exciting exhibition of profecional artists from around Kerry and a must see!!

Please Join us for in celebration Culture in Killarney! 

For further information, Please contact Deborah O'Keeffe 0873212948

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Gallery has moved to a new location

After a year and a half the Gallery on New Market Lane has closed.  We were unable to continue to pay the rent in an area with very little foot fall.  We have now opened a POP UP gallery and have relocated to Scotts Street off of Main in Killarney.  Art sales and many small business have suffered because of the recession.  There are many empty shops in Ireland.  Artist are taking them over and filling the ever increasing empty shops with art.  The space is free and the artist pay for insurance and electricity.  The gallery will close at the end of September and reopen in March next year.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Killarney Races

Deborah O'Keeffe has taken some time out from her landscapes to paint horses.  Just in time for the Killarney Races
Oil on Canvas 12" x 14"

Oil on Canvas 12" x 14"

Monday, May 21, 2012

Snow White and the huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman is the new block buster from Universal Pictures . This is a action packed adventure movie based on the fairy tale Snow White.
Killarney Artist Deborah O'Keeffe has had her own fairy tale. Universal pictures put out a world wide call to artist to submit works of art based on the movie. !0 artists were selected from hundreds of entries. The winning paintings will be exhibited along with costumes from the movie at The Pop up gallery at 7710 Melrose Place in LA from the 19th of May until the 3rd of June.
The painting was done as a story book page based on the movie. The movie is dark so the painting has a dark feel to it. The full moon highlights the Ravens who look like they are up to no good whispering of things to come. The oil painting is 20" x 22" . Deborah was delighted to be selected and represent Ireland in the exhibition.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Deborah O'Keefe to exhibit in Cobh at the Quays Restaurant and Bar

Deborah O'Keeffe one of the Back Lane Artist will be exhibiting seascapes from around Cork and Kerry in remembrance of the Titanic 100 anniversary. The exhibition will be held at the Quays Restaurant and Bar in Cobh on the 14th and 15th of April.  Samples of her work are shown bellow.  To see more of Deborah paintings please click on link

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

killarney Artist Deborah O'Keeffe New York exhibition

Irish-American Artist, Credited with Helping to Spur
Peekskill’s Artist District, Returns to “Hometown”
Peekskill, NY - Deborah O’Keefe, a popular Peekskill artist in the early 1990s is returning to her artistic roots in the Hudson Valley from Ireland where she has spent the last 15 years teaching and creating art. Considered a pioneer in the early days of the Peekskill Artist District’s development, O’Keefe plans to exhibit her current artwork while she visits the US.
Today’s artist community is planning a welcome home reception and art exhibit at the Quiet Man Public House, Peekskill’s authentic Irish pub and restaurant at 13 North Division Street on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 6:30pm. O’Keefe’s artwork will be on display during the reception, Admission to the reception is free with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. The exhibition will move to public exhibit at H-Art Gallery Steel Imagionon 1 south Division Street from February 7 - 14, 2012. The gallery will be open on Tuesdy the 7th of February from 5 until 9pm and by apppointment,
O’Keefe grew up in New York and was taught to draw by her father, an artist at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. In the 1990’s she moved to Peekskill with the first wave of artists who helped to reinvent the city as an artists’ enclave. She joined the Peekskill Artists Association and its board of directors and is still thought of today as a pioneer in Peekskill’s Arts Community
During her Peekskill days, O’Keefe, known then as Deborah Hyatt, primarily worked in pen and ink. Her detailed drawings of the historic buildings of Peekskill still dot the local walls of homes and businesses today. One of O’Keefe’s proudest moments was when she was asked to create an original drawing of Pataki’s Farm Stand which was presented to George Pataki when he was elected Governor of the State of New York.
In 1995 Deborah Moved to Ireland were she met her husband Patrick. Her art career was put on hold while the couple renovated a barn on Patrick’s family's farm. During that time, O’Keefe worked as a weaver at Mucross House in Killarney. Once the house was built, O’Keefe left her job as a weaver, started an art school in her home for children and resumed her art career.
“I discovered soft pastels and soon started painting the beautiful landscapes of Kerry. The sky and the landscapes are always changing and were a great inspiration for an artist used to working only in black and white pen and ink. After years painting in pastel, I recently switched to oils. The oils give me more flexibility and allow me to better capture the beauty and subtle colors of Ireland. While many think of Ireland as rainy, dull and cloudy, it‘s quite the opposite. You‘ll never see so many variations of green than in Ireland,” said O’Keefe.
In December 2010 O’Keefe opened the Back Lane Gallery on New Market Lane in Killarney. The gallery is a place where local artists from around County Kerry can exhibit and sell their art at affordable prices. In addition to having her own gallery, The Back Lane Gallery in Killarney O’Keefe is currently exhibiting at the Frida Gallery in Youghal County Cork and the Boat House gallery in Kinsale County Cork.

Her artwork can be viewed and purchased at the reception and online at