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About Kate Bedell

A Brief Biography


About Kate Bedell

A Brief Biography

Kate Bedell is an accomplished artist who works primarily in watercolour. Born in Dublin, Kate graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design with a distinction in Fine Art and has been evolving her craft for 30 years. She seeks to explore the fullest extent of watercolour and her techniques have evolved through her experimentation and love of the medium. She incorporates collage, such as translucent layers of lace paper, to add further dimension to her mixed media paintings and shapes a story through her art. Early in her career, sunflowers emerged as a signature theme, a symbol of the warmth and life that she evokes in her paintings.

She has exhibited in the R.H.A. Annual Show and the Mall Galleries, London. In 1999 she appeared twice on the Channel 4 Programme, “Watercolour Challenge”. She taught watercolour painting to adult classes in Dublin before moving to India with her family in 2000 for 7 years. There she painted a series of exhibitions of Indian Women and held several solo shows, as well as teaching in two international schools at Primary level.

Kate Bedell is a member of the Watercolour Society of Ireland, The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club, The Ulster Watercolour Society, and the Ulster Society of Women Artists and is a frequent award-winner within these societies. She presently lives and works in Sandyford, Dublin 18.

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Awards and Collections


Awards and Collections



1984   Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design – Diploma with Distinction in Fine Art

1984   Teacher’s Certificate (T.S. now called FETAC) First Class Pass

1999   Winner of Channel 4 Watercolour Challenge semi-final at Sandycove, Co. Dublin

2008  K & M Evans Award at the Water Colour Society 154th for ‘Women at Udaipur’

2012   Presidents Award Ulster Women Artists 55th for ‘Two Most Precious Things’

2012   Best Flower Painting Ulster Watercolour Society 36th for ‘Opium Poppies’

2013   Past Presidents Award Ulster Women Artists 56th for ‘Molly Bloom’

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Selected Exhibitions to Date


Selected Exhibitions to Date


1985    Graduate Show Temple Bar

1988    RHA 185th Annual Exhibition

1990   ‘Out of Quiet’ Solo exhibition at La Groceria, Blackrock.

1992    RHA 189th Annual Exhibition

1992    ‘Visions Through a Window’ Solo exhibition at Coopers Restaurant,  Greystones

1994    ‘Eternal Cycles’ Solo Show Bobby Dawson Gallery, Dun Laoghaire

1998    ‘Kingstown Into Dun Laoghaire’, Exhibition to commemorate Dun Laoghaire Town’s 1500                             years

1998    to date   Water Colour Society of Ireland Annual Exhibitions

1999    Watercolour Challenge exhibition at the Mall Galleries London

2001    to date . Dublin Painting and Sketching Club Annual Exhibitions

2002    Solo Show ‘Indian Summer’ Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore, India

2005   ‘Expressions’ at The Raintree Gallery, Bangalore, India

2008   ‘Impressions of India’ at The Raintree Gallery, Bangalore, India

2012     to date. Ulster Women Artists Annual Show

2012     UWA at Stormont Castle to celebrate International Women’s Day

2012    to date.  Ulster Water Colour Society Annual Show

2013    ‘A European Canvas’ with DPSC at European Union House, Dublin

2013    ‘Walking Into Eternity’ Group show in Dalkey to commemorate James  Joyce’s                                             Bloomsday

2014    ArtSource at the RDS Dublin

2015   DPSC group show Tribute Exhibition to W.B. Yeats held at The City Assembly House,                                  Georgian Society of Ireland

2015   “Of Woman: Exploring the Sacred Feminine” Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery,  Dublin, Ireland

2016   Recent Works at Microsoft Ireland, Leopardstown, Dublin 18

2015   Sunday Market, People's Park, Dún Laoghaire, every Sunday (weather Permitting) to date.


Corporate Collections


University of Limerick permanent Watercolour Collection

(Water Colour Society of Ireland) 

Beaumont Hospital

Tesco Ireland

Microsoft Ireland

Cubematch Ireland Limited

Indian Consulate, Bangalore, India



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