Gifted artist had made Kerry her home

Pauline Bewick at a reception in Áras an Uachtaráin in 2019 where she was the recipients of the Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award.
Pictures: Julian Behal

The death has been announced of gifted Kerry-based artist Pauline Bewick Melia.

She passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, at the age of 86, following an illness.

Born in Northumberland in the UK, she lived for much of her life at Treanmanagh, Glenbeigh, near Caragh Lake, where the rugged countryside and gentle slopes provided great inspiration for her work.

She studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and, during her student days, she was engaged as a set designer and actor with the famous Pike Theatre. She had her first exhibition in 1957 in the Clog Gallery, Dublin and later spent time travelling in Greece, around the Mediterranean and further afield.

President Michael D Higgins shares a joke with Sabina Higgins and Pauline Bewick

Ms Bewick’s exceptional and in-demand work was mainly with watercolours but she was also hugely creative and accomplished with oil and canvas, sculpting, ceramic, tapestry and cloth.

The unique artist was renowned for her distinctively original and sensuous paintings, illustrating the vibrancy and beauty of everyday life, nature and people.

Her work is included in many public and private collections and it is exhibited in major galleries internationally. In 2006 she donated a collection of 500 pieces of her work to the Irish nation and some of her wonderful creations are on permanent display at Killorglin Library.

Ms Bewick also illustrated several publications and published several books of prints of her paintings.

Predeceased by her husband, Pat Melia, Pauline Bewick is survived by her daughters Poppy and Holly, sons- in-law Conor and Luca, grandchildren Aran, Adam, Chiara and Giada, niece and nephew Julia and Tim, and many other relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at her residence in Treanmanagh Glenbeigh from 4.00pm to 8.00pm this Sunday will be followed by private cremation at the Island Crematorium on Monday. The family has asked for donations, if desired, to be made to Palliative Care Kerry via https://www.kerryhospice.com.

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