Brian Keeley & Bibo Keeley The Shared Heart


Exhibition of Painting, Sculpture and Photography

This exhibition by artists Brian Keeley and Bibo Keeley deals with their personal experiences in 2013 during Brian’s long critical illness, heart transplant and subsequent journey towards recovery in the following year.
It was shown at Glasgow’s Southside Fringe Festival in May 2015 and at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Clydebank in June 2015. It was visited by HRH The Prince of Wales on his official tour of the hospital.

Brian Keeley’s portrait paintings pay tribute to some of the extraordinary hospital staff who helped him survive on life support for 101 days, following a severe heart attack, until he was able to have a life-saving heart transplant at the end of 2013. His large-scale self portrait was also created for this exhibition.

Bibo Keeley’s uniquely poignant and inspirational photographs document her husband’s recovery in hospital, following his heart transplant.  Her evocative and expressive sculptures recall her emotional turmoil during months of uncertainty, giving us an intimate perspective into the edges of mortality. Bibo’s mixed-media artworks portray some of the physical and surgical aspects of a heart transplant.

The video below shows the opening of ‘The Shared Heart’ exhibition during the Southside Fringe Festival in Glasgow.

BRIAN KEELEY graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1984. He has worked in community film and video, and as a digital video editor. He taught English as a Foreign Language in Germany for many years and before his illness, he was a secondary teacher of Art & Design in Aberdeen.

BIBO KEELEY‘s artwork has been exhibited in numerous collective exhibitions and also solo exhibitions, in Scotland and elsewhere in the UK over the last few years. Following this life-changing experience she has fully embraced her artistic career and is now studying a BA (Hons) degree course in Fine Art at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.

Bibo Keeley was one of six selected artists to show her work at Lighted Rooms in Macduff Town Hall during the COAST Festival of the Arts 2015 in Banff and Macduff (in North-East Scotland). She exhibited her body of work from The Shared Heart exhibition under the title The Light At The End Of The Tunnel.

Bibo Keeley Photography Documentation photostrip Brian Keeley