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.
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
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
2002 Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2002 The Clifden Art Gallery, Galway
2001 Augusta Gallery, Loughrea, Co. Galway
2001 Solomon Gallery, Dublin
2001 Galway Art Gallery, Galway
2000 Solomon Gallery, Dublin
1993-2000 The Lodge Studio, Galway
1994 The Kenny Gallery, Galway
1993 Geoghegan/Gilvarry Gallery, Galway
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