Sherkin art graduate launches first solo show in Bantry

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

An exhibition of paintings and photographs by West Cork artist Becky Keyser opens at the newly re-furbished Organico Cafe, Bantry on September 8 and runs to November 1.

Becky successfully gained her BA in Visual Art through the innovative community-based degree programme on Sherkin Island in 2010. As one of the students in the second year intake she remembers how back then the course was still in its infancy. “At times it was quite nerve racking! We didn’t know if there would be funding for the course to run to completion, we all had to take a three-year break whilst we campaigned for its resumption and waited for news. Graduation helped me take that difficult step to exhibit my work publically for the first time at the degree show.” Since then Becky has shown her work locally in group exhibitions in Skibbereen and Sherkin Island. Opening her first solo show heralds another significant landmark in her career as a professional artist.

In this vibrant collection of her more recent artwork, Becky reveals a unique style, which investigates and questions the way we view and experience the world around us. In her work she “plays with the boundaries between drawing, painting and digital imagery, exploring layers of perception until the distinction between them becomes irrelevant”.

As an art facilitator Becky has been involved in community projects and worked in a variety of settings during the last eighteen years. With a strong personal interest in bringing visual art to people who might rarely get the opportunity to experience their creativity, Becky often finds herself in the more remote areas, on the Islands and peninsulas of West Cork. Increasingly she is focusing her facilitation work in the area of mental health and works regularly with the HSE.

Becky Keyser’s art works can be seen upstairs at Organico Cafe, 3 Glengarriff Rd, Bantry, 9am-6pm Mon-Sat.

For further details please contact bexykeyser@gmail.com.

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