The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017, Mall Galleries, London

19th May – 24th September 2017

Great news my painting “Little Ben” has been shortlisted for the prestigious Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017. Each year the best painters put there works forward and only 76 artists got through this year. For more information please see:

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Sydney Contemporary, Sydney, Australia

7th – 10th September 2017

This will be my first time exhibiting in Australia and showing in Sydney Contemporary that’s Australasia’s largest Art Fair it’s a good start. The Art Fair has a dedicated area for Printmaking called Paper Contemporary. The Royal Society of Painter Printmakers (RE) has a stand in this part of the fair. I am lucky to be one of the selected artists on show as there was only room for a limited number of RE members.

Off the Wall, Bankside, London

10th August – 10th September 2017

My latest pictures “Sligo Town” and “Princes Street, Edinburgh” will be on show at the Bankside Gallery in Off the Wall. This is the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers annual summer exhibition. It is a dynamic, ever-changing display of paintings and original prints as all works are sold ‘off the wall’ at the point of purchase. I also have a good range of prints in the Gallery’s browsers.

'There's a touch of the artist about old Bloom’ Live Sketching Event and Exhibition, Dublin

Live Sketching: 10th – 13th June 2017 Exhibition: 16th - 25th JuneThe, Olivier Cornet Gallery,3 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

The live sketching will take place accross the North Dublin Inner City. The participating artists have been drawn from a number of disciplines and we will be responding to Ulysses by James Joyce through sketching on location in the Parnell Square Cultural Quarter of Dublin City. An exhibition of the pictures made over over this time will follow at The Olivier Cornet Gallery.

You can follow our progress with snaps shots and titbits posted on Twitter: @DrawingonJoyce (Drawing on Bloomsday) @OC_Gallery (OlivierCornetGallery)

I have arranged to hook up with a dear old friend @BloomPoldy who knows these parts of Dublin well. I will be posting updates on my Twitter and Instagram accounts @frankkiely so do keep an eye on us and let me know what you think. If your are about town over these days, please do come and see us all at work and we can explore Dublin and Ulysses together.

Shakespeare: A Celebration, Kwan Fong Gallery of Art and Culture, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.

1st June – 28th September 2017

Following on from the success of the Shakespeare exhibitions in London last year. The exhibition was invited to show in Sunny California. I was personally delighted to have completed my latest Shakespearian picture in time to go into this exhibition. I will have five works displayed, four photo etchings illustrating Shakespeare’s plays. In these I pose as a character myself. So far I’ve made an image for Hamlet, A Mid Summers Nights Dream, Richare III and now King Lear. I endeavour to depict three plays each year till I complete them all. I also have a larger Digital image of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on show.

Original Prints, Bankside, London

5th May – 3rd June 2017

This is the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) Annual and is packed with original prints from the best printmakers. Look out for my Sandymount Village as its full of little jokes, I hope it makes you smile.

A selection of the show will also be on show at For Arts Sake in Ealing …including mine.

London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy, London

4th – 7th May 2017

This fair is a great day out for any art lover it has all the top galleries from around the world, showcases everything that is fine art printmaking. Look out for my Pickalurvan Turvy which is a homage to Stockholm and everything Swedish….one of my favourite cites in the world.

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition, Bankside Gallery, London

3rd March – 15th March 2017

I am pleased that my sketch of the famous Sweny’s Chemist, Dublin from James Joyce’s Ulysses was selected for this years exhibition

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce Centre, Dublin

11th January – 28th May 2017

It is with much joy (after much hard work) I announce my "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” exhibition at the James Joyce Centre. I have been working on this series of images over the last decade and was determined to finish them this year in time for the centenary. I am delighted to get to show my Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man series at the James Joyce Centre and its is such an honour to have my pictures presented as part of the celebrations of the centenary of this masterpiece of a book. In all the pictures I am responding to Joyce’s text. When I first read Portrait I was struck how Stephen’s (the protagonist) questions were also my questions. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is an amazing book that captures many of the thoughts and ideas of growing up. My images can only really be understood in this context so I do encourage you to read Portrait or re-read it, before your visit to the show.

I will give an Artist Talk about my exhibition at the James Joyce Centre on Thursday 13th April from 6.30 - 7.30 Its a Free event but you will need to book.

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.

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 favorite pictures.

The Private View is this Thursday the 9th of June from 6-9pm. Please come along just email with your RSVP.

I have proudly be exhibiting with For Arts Sake for almost a decade now and they always have a good selection of my works always in stock. Come see my “Oxford Morris Minor” the latest in my Car series and more.

Shakespeare Exhibition, Shakespeare's Globe, London

4th June – 31st August 2016

In advance 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

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 on Twitter

February/ March 2016

I'm 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 their homepage.

*I'm aiming to put up a sketch every day this year…only missed a few so far :-)

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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

It's 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 seem 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 find the poem below).

The Masters - Relief Prints - Bankside Gallery, London

3 - 15 November 2015

This is the first in a series of exhibitions by the Royal Society of Painter- Printmakers dedicated to print techniques. The first Masters exhibition is a focus on Relief prints. I have made a picture from rubber stamps…come learn and see everything you want to know on Relief prints…oh and look out for my “God Search”.

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


Artist talk, TP Bennett’s , London

September 2015

For about an hour I babbled on to a packed room of designers, architects and town planners. I talked mainly about the ideas behind my pictures: What interests me and How I put a picture together. I certainly enjoyed myself, and I trust everyone got something from my talk. Thanks again for having me!

The Great Print Exhibition at The Rheged Centre, Cumbria.

I am delighted to be invited to show at this momentous exhibition with 60 of my contemporaries from across Britain. Most exciting for me is the opportunity to bring my work to the North of England.

Off The Wall - Bankside Gallery, London

20th July – 23rd August 2015

This is the mix summer show of RWS and RE members work. There will be a great array of styles and mediums on exhibited the very best in printmaking and watercolour. Like the titles suggests you can buy off the wall and this makes for a constantly changing exhibition as one picture sells another goes up. You can enjoy it fresh every visit!

Bankside Gallery