President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to artist Pauline Bewick, who died at the age of 86.
Born in England in 1935, Mrs Bewick began drawing at the age of two. She studied at NCAD Dublin and lived between England and Ireland before settling in Co Kerry in 1973.
He worked in a variety of mediums and his work included the Yellow man series.
When he turned 70, he donated 500 works of his life to the nation, including tapestries, tapestries, watercolors and sketches.
President Higgins said, “It is with such fondness that I look back on a visit to Pauline’s studio in Kerry last November. Sabina and I were so honored to have this time with Pauline and her daughters, in the presence of so much of the his life and work – watercolors, tapestries, tapestries and sketches, all expressions of what was a unique and original creative talent. “
He said: “We who had the privilege of his friendship could only admire his commitment to always follow his path, reflecting on the world in his own way, refusing to fit into any genre and creating worlds without borders.”
In a post on social media, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he was “very sad to hear of the disappearance of the artist Pauline Bewick”.
“He has made a wonderful contribution to Irish art for many decades. Heartfelt condolences to all his children, grandchildren, family and friends,” he said.
The Seven ages the collection, representing every decade and every aspect of a woman’s life, is on display in both Waterford and Kerry.
Pauline Bewick held her first exhibition in 1957, although some sketches survive from when she was only two and a half years old.
He has traveled extensively and his experience of other cultures has informed his work.
It has been based in Glenbeigh, Co Kerry since 1973 and has drawn a lot of inspiration from its people, flora and fauna. She was awarded the Kerry Association in Dublin Arts Award in 2019 by President Michael D Higgins, who said the award was an important recognition of everything she Pauline has donated to
cultural and artistic dimension of our society, along a long and illustrious artistic path.
Mrs Bewick was a member of Aosdána.
Her family says she died peacefully at home last night.
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Listen: Pauline Bewick talks to Miriam O’Callaghan in 2016
Kerry Mayor John Francis Flynn said: “I am very saddened to learn of Pauline Bewick’s death. Pauline was a much loved Kerry artist and one of Ireland’s most acclaimed and charismatic painters. Pauline kindly donated. her “Seven Ages” collection at Kerry County Council. This extraordinary collection embraces her life’s work, with 250 rotated pieces on display at Library Place Killorglin. “Pauline was a true artist, prolific and passionate, her work will inspire generations to come “.
Also paying tribute was Kerry’s Arts Officer, Kate Kennelly, a friend of the late artist.
“It has been a privilege to meet Pauline many times over the past twenty years,” he said. “Her love of her for Kerry; her landscape, her people and her culture are warmly reflected in her works. We have lost a truly creative soul and our thoughts are with her family at this sad time, ”said Ms. Kennelly.
He leaves his daughters, Poppy and Holly Melia and four grandchildren.