After leaving school, Dublin born prize winning International artist Margaret Kennedy, joined the Iris Kellett riding stables as a working pupil and studied for the B.H.S.A.I. certificate. She spent many years working in the equestrian environment.
She competed at the Dublin Horse Show, hunted with the Kildares, South Country Dublin and Ward Union hounds. She has also competed successfully in Riding Club events, winning prizes in show jumping, dressage and cross-country events. She has worked with racehorses; show jumpers, polo ponies, hunters, and mares and foals. Due to a serious riding accident she had to give up working with horses. However, her love of animals led her to becoming the first female keeper at Dublin Zoo.
Margaret is a self-taught artist who turned professional in 1995. Her vast knowledge of all things equine enables her to extract great detail, movement and personality of her subject in her paintings. She has won prizes in many art competitions including the $1000 first prize in the prestigious Moyglare Stud Art Competition. A prizewinner in the Texaco art competition, Carlow "Eigse" festival to name just a few.
Her paintings are in private collections in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Africa, Korea, and Ireland. Her work, both original and reproductions are available from Art Galleries in Dublin and Meath.
In 1997 she represented Irish Women in the Arts on a very successful trip to Germany. Her work has been produced as limited editions, and was also included in the 1998 British Horse Society Christmas card catalogue.
She has exhibited in many group art exhibitions and in 1998 held her first solo exhibition in the American College Dublin, which was opened by An Tanaiste Mary Harney.
In June 2002 Margaret exhibited at Christies in London, and in 2003 at the Mall Gallery London at the 24th annual Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists of which she is a friend member.
In November 2003 she held a two-person exhibition in the Irish National Stud, Kildare.
A painting, donated to the Irish Epilepsy Charity was auctioned for $1000 at the 1998 Horse Show Ball. Other charities include: Aware, Cheeverstown House, Crumlin Hospital for Sick Children, and the Animal Foundations in Limerick and Kildare. Margaret would be interested in donating a painting to children or/and animal charity and can be contacted at the number below.
Her work can be viewed on the Society of Equestrian Artists and The Green Gallery web sites.
Phone/fax 00353 (0) 1 4503998