Studied at The Rijks Academie

Gerda Teljeur moved to Ireland in 1967 after studying at the Rijks Academie and IVKNO [now Rietveld Academie], Amsterdam, and now lives and works in County Wexford, Ireland

Working primarily in the medium of drawing Gerda Teljeur’s practice focuses on the exploration of objects and things through investigations in line and space. The resulting image is abstract and non-representational, creating a sense of something or capturing an essence. She achieves this through a process typically used by writers, that of freeform writing, whereby a writer writes continuously without any regard to spelling, thought or grammar. It helps them to overcome writers block and can be used to collect initial thoughts and ideas for a written piece. Teljeur’s drawings work in this same manner, creating works that suggest rather than define.

View “Mood 14” within the Collection

Mood 14 by Gerda Teljeur

Mood 14 by Gerda Teljeur

Evokes A Complex Range Of Emotions

“The drawings serve to integrate and  touch upon the hidden activity of the subconscious and in doing so form an abstract language. The artist’s repetitive and cumulative process of drawing interrelates with the way in which thoughts and memories occur, and each work has the potential to evoke a complex range of emotion”. – Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre

Solo Exhibitions

  • Like Life Itself, Installation of 260 Diary Drawings 2010/11/12, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, 2013
  • Lines, Layers and Light, Stone Gallery, Dublin, 2010
  • Drawings, Sligo Art Gallery, which included a commissioned response to the Gallery space, 2007 2007/08   Surface tension, Arts Council funded initiative, Touring Experiment, 3 Artist’s work,
  • Raheen Community hospital, Co Clare; Broadstone Gallery, Dublin; Source Arts Centre, Thurles
  • Recent Work, Drawings, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, 2007
  • Lines of Expression, 2 Artist Collaborative Drawing Exhibition, Wicklow County Buildings, 2006
  • The Drawing Room, Drawing Installation, Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, 2004
  • Lifelines, Drawings, Signal Art Centre, Bray, Co Wicklow, 2003
  • Moodscapes, Drawings. Mermaid, County Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray, 2003
  • Collages and Fibre Sculptures, SBK, Haarlem, The Netherlands, 1987
  • Bogland, Fibre Sculptures, Alliance Francaise, Dublin, 1983

 Group Exhibitions

  • Tekenaars, Gallerie De Kapberg, The Netherlands, 2014
  • All About Drawing, 100 Dutch Artists, an overview of drawing in the Netherlands over the last 50 years. Curated by Arno Kramer and Diana Wind, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, 2011
  • RHA Annual Exhibition, Invited, Dublin, 2010
  • Art Dublin 09/10, Contemporary Art Fair,RDS,Dublin, Represented by the  Stone Gallery 2010 2009
  • Into Irish Drawing, Curated by Arno Kramer, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Aktuele Kunst Hengelo, The Netherlands, Centre Cultural Irandais, Paris, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Northern Ireland. 2008-10
  • Stone Gallery, Dublin, 2010   2009/08/05
  • RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin, 2009   2008/07/06/05/03/02,
  • Exploration, An exhibition of drawings exploring some worlds, Curated by Ruairi Ó Cuiv, High Lanes Gallery, Droichead Arts Centre, Dogheda, 2008
  • Responding to the Gallery space in 24 Hours non stop art. Wexford Arts Centre, 2008
  • The garden of Eden has varnished they say, Curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey, Cavan County Museum, 2007
  • Drawing Exhibition, Response to the gallery space, Stone Gallery, Dublin, 2006
  • Museum Waterland, Purmerend, The Netherlands, 2006
  • Ladenkast project, Gallery Phoebus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2006
  • Hallward Gallery, Dublin,    2006 /2005
  • The happiest Country in the world, The Oireachtas Exhibition, curated by Cliodhna Shaffrey and Ruairi ÓCuiv, Dublin, Paris, 2005
  • Mermaid, County Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray, 2004
  • The Eigse Open, Carlow, 2003 / 2001
  • Crawford Open 2, Cork, 2002
  • Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork2001
  • Amalgam, sculptures, six, artist show Pantheon Gallery, Dublin, 1992
  • Espace, Irish/European Sculptors, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, 1991
  • Vice Versa, Irish Life Exhibition Centre, Dublin, Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork, Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford. Limerick City Gallery, Nuns Island Arts Centre, Galway. Sligo Arts Gallery, Arts Council. Gallery, Belfast1990
  • Collaboration The Pillar Project, Dublln, 1988
  • Sculpture open, RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, 1988
  • Inspeired, Gallerie Asselyn, Amsterdam, 1984
  • Gallerie Nanky de Vreeze, Amsterdam, 1984
  • EV+A , Limerick, 1982

Awards and Residencies

  • Bursary, Wexford Co Council, 2008
  • Touring Experiment Grant, Arts Council, 2007
  • Material Grant, Royal Netherlands Embassy
  • Bursary, The Arts Council, 2006
  • Bursary, Wicklow County Council Arts Office
  • Material Grant, Wicklow County Council2004
  • Material Grant, Wicklow County Council Arts Office, 2003
  • Drawing Award, Iontás, Sligo, 2001
  • Tyrone Guthry Centre, Annaghmakkerig, Ireland, 1987


  • Faber- Castell, Germany,
  • Wexford County Council Art Collection,
  • AXA Insurance,
  • Bank of Ireland,
  • Private collections in Ireland, The Netherlands, France, Scotland, UK, Switzerland and Germany


  • 2011 All about Drawing Catalogue, Published by Stedelijk Museum Schiedam /Uitgeverij dJonge Hond The Netherlands ISBN 9789089102652/NUR646
  • 2009 Into Irish Drawing Catalogue, Curated by Arno Kramer. Essays by Caroline Hancock, ( Curator, Irish Museum of Modern Art) and Arno Kramer. Published by AKKuH Hengelo, The Netherlands ISBN:978-94-90001-01-8
  • 2008 Exploration Catalogue, Curated by Ruari Ó Cuiv, essay by Ruairi Ó Cuiv. Published by Drogheda Borough Council,Arts Office,SNB:10:9554311-4-X/ ISBN:13:978-9554311-4-2
  • 2007 Surface Tension Catalogue, Essays by Cliodhna Shaffrey and Mic Moroney. Publisheb by Wexford Arts Centre. Supported by the Arts Council Touring Experiment.
  • Gerda Teljeur, Brochure, essay by Cliodhna Shaffrey
  • 2004 Crawford Open 1-4 catalogue, Essay by Peter Murray, Published by Crawford Municpal Gallery.ISBN: 0946846855
  • 1988 Collaboration The Pillar project, Promoted by The Architectural Association of Ireland Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Sculpture Society of Ireland.ISBN:0-946641-05-6
  • 1989 A Monument in the City, Nelson Pillar and his aftermath. ISBN: 0946846-154
  • 1982 Contemporary Irish Art, A documentation compiled and edited by Roderic Knowles. Published with the assistance of the Arts Council, Dublin. ISBN: 0-86327-001-8


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