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Pauline Bewick RHA (b.1935)
A descendant of nineteenth century painter Thomas Bewick, Pauline was
born Northumbria, England, in 1935. She was brought up on a small
farm in County Kerry, where she began painting at the age of two.
She then accompanied her family to Wales and England, living in a
fantastic variety of homes including a houseboat, caravan, railway
carriage, workman's hut and gate lodge. After schooling in
England and Wales, she returned to Ireland to study drawing and fine
art painting at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
From 1989 to 1991, she moved to Polynesia with her two daughters, and
on her return to Ireland showed a collection of works called South
Seas, some of which were also included in a book in 1996.
Immensely prolific as an artist, Pauline Bewick is mostly associated
with watercolour painting, although she also does oil painting and
sculpture, and tapestry art. She works in three large studios and
her artwork is mainly about nature, especially that of the countryside
of Kerry, Tuscany in Italy or the South Pacific. She is married
to Patrick Melia and her two daughters Holly and Poppy are also
artists. She lives in Kerry.
Her principal exhibitions include "Two to Fifty" (1985) - a
retrospective featuring over 1,500 works, which was staged at the
Guinness Hop Store to record attendances - and "The Yellow Man" (1996)
- an exhibition held at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin. The latter
was the first major showing of her Yellow Man series of paintings, a
creative theme that now include sketches, watercolours, oils, tapestry,
stained glass art, dance and theatre. The Yellow Man collection
now incorporates more than 700 objects, and remains together in the
In 2006, Pauline Bewick generously donated over 200 artworks to the
Irish state, including tapestries, wall hangings, watercolours and
sketches. These artworks are on display at the Waterford Institute of
Technology, and in the Killorglin Library, Co. Kerry. Her biography, Pauline Bewick, Painting a Life (Wolfhound Press 1985, 2001) was written by art historian Dr. James White. Pauline Bewick is a member of Aosdana.
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