Bernie Keogh (nee Buckley) grew up in Galway and Cork, Ireland. She graduated from Crawford College of Art, Cork in 1970. She has also studied at the Florence Academy of Fine Art in Italy and at Heathersley Art College and Lavender Studios in London.

Bernie is well known in Galway as an art teacher and artist; she has taught the subject since 1972 and only recently retired. Since then, she has had the opportunity to travel and to study. Reinspired, she refocused and disciplined her technique to return to her original style. She is particularly influenced by the works of Chardin, Vermeer, and Sargent.

In 1993, she bought and began a restoration of an 18th century gate lodge for Barna House. In 1995 Bernie opened her own gallery and art school, called The Lodge Studio. On her retirement she closed the Lodge Studio.

Her first exhibition opened, by Dr Noel Browne was held in 1989. Since then, Bernie has participated in 18 group or solo exhibitions.

In 2024, Bernie opened a Fine Art Gallery at 11 Cross Street in Galway.


2024   Art Gallery in Galway
Bernie opened a Fine Art Gallery at 11 Cross Street, Galway H91 XY39
Opening Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 5.30pm

2020   Online
Bernie Launches a new collection of paintings and prints ‘Galway 2020’

2018   Online
Bernie Launches a selection of her original work in print form

2015    Belonging, University Gallery Quadrangle, NUIG
Dual Exhibition opened by James Harrold

2015    Spring Exhibition, Open Window Gallery, Dublin
Group Exhibition

2012    Good Old Times, The Russell Gallery
Dual Exhibition opened by Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

2011   Life & Light, Galway
Solo Exhibition opened by Phyllis McNamara

2003  The Red Umbrellas, Kenny Gallery
Solo Exhibition opened by Donal Taheny

2003  McGilloway Gallery, Derry
Group Exhibition

2002  Solomon Gallery,  Dublin
Group Exhibition

2002  The Clifden Art Gallery, Galway
Group Exhibition

2001   Augusta Gallery, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Group Exhibition

2001   Solomon Gallery, Dublin
Group Exhibition

2001   Galway Art Gallery, Galway
Group Exhibition

2000   Solomon Gallery, Dublin
Group Exhibition

1993-2000   The Lodge Studio, Galway
Gallery Owner

1994   The Kenny Gallery, Galway
Group Exhibition

1993   Geoghegan/Gilvarry Gallery, Galway
Group Exhibition

1992   Images of Galway, Galway
Solo Exhibition opened by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

1990   The Galway I Love, Galway
Solo Exhibition opened by Michael D. Higgins

1989   Galway Through My Eyes, Galway
Solo Exhibition opened by Dr. Noel Browne

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