THIRTY years of work by the late Kildare artist Gill Berry are featured in a new book put together by her friends.
As part of Kildare Readers Festival the book, Gill Berry Visual Artist, was launched in the Kildare library by arts officer Lucina Russell. The book features work from her early student days right up to 2006.
“When she died we discovered a lot of work in her home and a few friends got together to create a book,” said her friend Kevin O’Kelly who, along with Gabe Brabazon and Siobhán Conway, compiled the book.
A collection of her work, which features mainly watercolours, is running in Kildare Town Library throughout the month of October. Her paintings represent a magical realism forged from meticulous research of the human condition and the diversity of cultures both past and present.
Ms Berry, who died in 2011, was also an art teacher. She worked from home at Downalong Art Studio and past pupils also came along in tribute to her on the night.
“It is a celebration of a great Kildare artist,” he added. “Gill was very quiet and unassuming, she just wanted to paint and has left a huge body of work behind.”
The book was designed by Paula Nolan and Karl Tsigdinos and is available from the Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Farrell & Nephew in Newbridge and Woodbine Books in Kilcullen.