The Artist – Ken Bolger

The Artist – Ken Bolger

A Graduate of NCAD, Ken Bolger is a native of Dublin city but an adopted son of Kerry and the wild Dingle Peninsula where he has built his home and workshop.

Taking his inspiration from the myths of ancient Ireland and the stunning Kerry landscape, he incorporates both into his unique artwork.

I am originally from Dublin I studied fine art at the national college of art and design.  After my studies finished I moved Cyprus to study under The Artist Nicki. This led to my first exhibitions looking at the theme of icons.

I made the dingle peninsula my home in the late 90s. I came here to raise my young family in the freedom that this peninsula offers young children.

I started looking at the way the old partisans worked with slate and this led me to create my first pieces using not only the old slate but the old methods of working with slate. I was also introduced to the Ogham language of which there are many original examples on the dingle peninsula.

I was given the opportunity to share my skills in this unique way of working at Glastonbury festival and the electric picnic on many occasions.” – Ken Bolger 2020

For many years now I have had my work exhibited in Dublin, Dingle and More recently Hong Kong.

Focusing on sustainability, he uses recycled materials wherever possible and implements the ancient Valentia Island stone working skills in his slate work.

Ever evolving he has participated in numerous exhibitions and given workshops both at home in Ireland and in far flung corners of the world.

Standing Matters                 The Ireland Institute    Dublin

Slinnte Peig                            Blasket Centre             Kerry

Cath Finntrágha                   Original Kerry               Kerry

Garden Wars with Rónán Ó Snódaigh                    Kerry

Islands                                      The Blasket Centre     Dunquin

The Brendan Voyage            Original Kerry               Kerry

Seascapes & Legends            Feile Na Bealtaine       Dingle

Copper work                            The Cormac Centre     Hong Kong

Copper work                            Macau Design Centre China

Weapons of Redemption       Other Voices               Dingle

Feel free to contact Ken directly for further information at: kenbolgerarts@gmail.com