Shakespeare: A Celebration, Bankside Gallery, Thames Path, London

29th June - 10th July 2016

The Bankside Gallery in collaboration with the Globe Theatre are staging an exhibition by members of the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.  There is a wonderful array of pictures on show that are inspired by different aspects of Shakespeare’s work.
I have responded to three of Shakespeare’s plays: Hamlet, A Midsummers Night’s Dream and Richard III. In each of my pictures I have acted out a character from these plays.

Shakespeare: A Celebration was filmed by Right Angle during the hang and private view.  It’s a great video, so if you’d like to watch it just follow this link

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers at For Arts Sake, Ealing, West London

10th June - 10th July 2016

For Arts Sake are putting on a show of some of the best prints from the RE Annual Exhibition in their Ealing Gallery. So its not to late to see some of your favourite pictures.

Shakespeare Exhibition, Shakespeare's Globe, London

4th June - 31st August 2016

As part of the Shakespeare exhibition at the Bankside Gallery the Globe Theatre has selected a small number of pictures to show in its exhibition space. I am thrilled to be one of the few RE and RWS members who have been selected for this show. Please do pop in and see my Hamlet inspired picture “Foul Deeds Will Rise” and my “The Globe” picture next time your passing.

London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Arts London

5th May - 8th May 2016

For the second year running I have been asked to head the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers stand at the LOPF. I am delighted to have this opportunity to showcase masterly prints by RE members and promote the Society.
This year we are exhibiting a special selection of members works and will include my latest Tower of London screenprint.

Royal Hibernian Academy, 186th Annual Exhibition, Dublin

22nd March - 11th June 2016

During the Easter Rising in 1916 the Royal Hibernian Academy, then situated on Lower Abbey Street, was destroyed by fire. To Commemorate the Easter Rising, the 186th Annual Exhibition has returned to its original time of year.
I am very delighted that one of my pictures will be included in this years RHA Annual Exhibition. The picture that was selected was my “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Baby Tuckoo”. James Joyce’s “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” will also be celebration its publication centenary later this year.

Featured Artist @LoveHerneHill - Twitter

February/ March 2016

Im very pleased that my Watercolour sketch project* on Twitter has been has gained the attention of @LoveHerneHill a local community twitter feed. They are featuring a sketch I did as the banner on there homepage.
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Wells’ War of the Worlds: A Visual , The Lightbox Gallery & Museum, Woking, Surrey

26th March – 1st May 2016.

Last December I got wind of an open submission opportunity on H G Well’s, War of the Worlds through Ochre Print Studio with Woking Borough Council and Surrey Arts. I decided to spend the holidays getting more acquainted with Well’s masterpiece. While I was enjoying the book I made sketches with my other hand and ended up making two finished pictures. I totally enjoyed the experience and was delighted to then hear my work were selected.

Artist Talk at Barr Gazetas Ltd, London

January 2016

Its been well known to me that Architects are my biggest fans, we have many of the same loves and utilise many of the same tools. So perhaps it should not seam surprising to me that I keep on being asked to talk about my practice at Architectural firms.
This month Barr Gazetas in central London invited me in to speak to them about how I make my pictures.
I designed this talk on the making of my pictures low tech verses high tech. I shared sketches of pictures I am currently working up into prints to demonstrate how I work with pencil and paper first to break down my images before I remake them as screenprints. I also brought in a selection of finished prints and some of my sketch books. There were many an insightful question and one person even picked up on my poetry efforts inside a sketchbook (Please fined the poem below).

My Scribbles

How mighty is thy pen, thy brush?
Dose it press the skin of thy's foes neck/chest/flesh?
Do its marks flow, poured from the inkwell like water?
Or do they scratch, chip with a hammers laboured blow?
I hold my pen here between my chest, grasped in my fist here! see it?
Like a dagger, or are they just flowers?
You know all my stories they have all been told before.
Men, women, children forever tell them well.
Yet I scribble here to show you and I again.
It's simple stuff really... Love, or is it Truth?... maybe happiness or forgiveness are better?
But never tales of bragging greedy gold!
My pen is my picture, my voice, my eyes.
I write, I sing, I play, I dance, I fly.

by Frank Kiely

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