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    VALUE TO BE HAD IN IRISH ART MARKET

    Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
    The Irish art market took a hit in the recession.  It is recovering slowly, but there is still value to be had. One example of this is Kinsale by Letitia Marion Hamilton, which comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s auction on September 12.  When it last appeared at auction at Whyte’s in 2002 it realised 7,500.  This time around it is estimated at 4,000-6,000. One of Ireland’s best known women artists Hamilton, who died in 1964, studied under Sir William Orpen at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, with Frank Brangwyn in Belgium and at the Slade in London.

    Among the other artists whose work will feature are Patrick Scott, John Shinnors, Tony O’Malley, Basil Blackshaw, Frank McKelvey, Daniel O’Neill, Hughie O’Donoghue, Patrick Hennessy and the sculptor John Behan. The sale of 135 lots is on view in Skibbereen on September 3, 4 and 5 and at the RDS in Dublin from September 9 to September 12.  The catalogue is online and the auction will be conducted online.

    Kinsale by Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964) (4,000-6,000)

    Kinsale by Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964) (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    The Yellow Roses by Patrick Hennessey (1915-1980) (5,000-7,000)

    The Yellow Roses by Patrick Hennessey (1915-1980) (5,000-7,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    PATRICK HENNESSY, CAROL RAMA EXHIBITIONS AT IMMA

    Thursday, March 24th, 2016

    Solo exhibitions from Irish artist Patrick Hennessy and Italian artist Carol Rama opened today at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA). Born in the same decade both were neglected by the official art circles of their time. One a realist painter the other not faithful to any particular movement Hennessy and Rama explore human sexuality, gender and identity while challenging the political and social culture of their time.

    Patrick Hennessy De Profundis is the first major exhibition of his work since 1981. Re-examining and repositioning Hennessy’s work as part of the IMMA Modern Irish Masters Series this exhibition reflects on what Hennessy’s work might mean to audiences today. At a time when gay men were subject to social and legal persecution for the simple fact of their sexual orientation, Hennessy and his lifelong partner Henry Robertson-Craig bravely chose to exhibit works that clearly marked them as homosexual. They have almost no peers in Irish art, but Hennessy’s late work demonstrates an engagement with the emerging international queer-art movement of the 1970s. The Hennessy show runs to July 24.

    The Passion According to Carol Rama is an exhibition of almost 200 works – the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to date. It comes to Dublin following exhibitions in MACBA, Barcelona, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, and EMMA, Finland. Ignored for decades by official art history, Carol Rama is now recognised as essential for understanding developments within contemporary art. Her influence can be seen in the work of a later generation of artists such as Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Sue Williams, Kiki Smith and Elly Strik. Rama was belatedly recognised in 2003, receiving the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, one of the most prestigious international art exhibitions. Divided into four thematic sections this exhibition is a guide through Rama’s many creative moments.  This exhibition runs to August 1.

    Carol Rama  (1918-2015) Appassionata, 1939. Private Collection. © Photo: Studio Dario & Carlos Tettamanzi © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

    Carol Rama (1918-2015) Appassionata, 1939. Private Collection. © Photo: Studio Dario & Carlos Tettamanzi © Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

    Patrick Hennessy (1915-80) Kassim by the Sea, 1978. Image courtesy of Whytes, © The Artist’s Estate

    Patrick Hennessy (1915-80) Kassim by the Sea, 1978. Image courtesy of Whytes, © The Artist’s Estate

     

    O’CONOR STILL LIFE MAKES 48,000 AT HAMMER AT ADAMS

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
    Roderic O'Conor (1860 - 1940) Still Life Study with Fruit and Pottery on a Mahogany Table

    Roderic O’Conor (1860 – 1940)
    Still Life Study with Fruit and Pottery on a Mahogany Table

    A still life by Roderic O’Conor was the top lot at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin last night. It sold for 48,000 at hammer in a sale which continued a good week of auction results for Irish art in Dublin.  The market is definitely turning.  There was more competitive bidding this season than has been seen for some time and the top lots at Adams, de Veres and Whyte’s all witnessed it. Nearly three million euro worth of Irish art has changed hands since Monday at three auctions in Dublin.

    Top of the Falls and The Creole by Jack Butler Yeats sold for 36,000 and 35,000 respectively at Adams. Other top hammer prices include: Composition XIII by Mainie Jellett (27,000); Portrait of Pamela Mitford by Paul Cesar Helleu (20,000);  Diane by Daniel O’Neill (21,000);  The Pillar by Rowan Gillespie (19,000); Girl at the Piano by John Shinnors (13,000); The House at Dalkey by Camille Souter (13,000); The House Opposite by William John Leech (12,000);  Motherhood by William Conor (10,000);  Bridge over the River by Donald Teskey (10,000); St. Martins by Tony O’Malley (8,000); A Horse Alone by Patrick Hennessy (9,000) and Uaimh 55 by Gwen O’Dowd (4,700).

    PATRICK HENNESSY PORTRAITS AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

    Self portrait by Patrick Hennessy at Whyte's. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200

    A brace of portraits by Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980) grace Whyte’s Irish and British art sale at the RDS in Dublin on March 14.  One is a self portrait from 1936 exhibited at a Birmingham exhibition sponsored by Winsor and Newton Ltd.  It is inscribed with an exhibition label with the artist’s address [9 Bridge Street, Arbroath, Angus] and price [£7-7-0] on reverse. It is now estimated at €2,500-€3,500.

    The second is a 1939 portrait of Liv Hempel, daughter of the German Ambassador to Ireland. It was made at De Vesci Terrace in Dun Laoghaire, the ministerial residence of Eduard Hempel (1887–1972) who was Adolf Hitler’s representative in Dublin between 1937 and 1945.  During his eight year tenure Hempel sent thousands of reports to Berlin by telegraph and shortwave radio.  He had to surrender the transmitter in December 1943 at the insistence of the Department of External Affairs, and under pressure from the United States and United Kingdom.  Hempel was granted asylum in Ireland at the end of the war. He returned to Germany in 1949.  This portrait is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

    Liv Hempel by Patrick Hennessy at Whyte's. (click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,800

    The artist Patrick Hennessy was born in Co. Cork. He won a scholarship to Dundee College of Art and a further scholarship allowed him study in Paris and Rome.   In 1939, he exhibited a self-portrait and a still-life at the Royal Scottish Academy and returned to Ireland as a professional painter, dividing his time between Cork and Dublin. In 1956, Hennessy had his first solo exhibition in London, displaying nearly 40 paintings, including several portraits. In 1957, the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery staged an exhibition of his flower paintings. More shows followed in Dublin, Chicago and Cork. Meantime, Hennessy continued to make trips abroad. He made regular visits to Paris, Normandy, the Dordogne, as well as Belgium, Holland and Spain. He also toured Italy and Greece.
    Farewell to Ireland by Patrick Hennessy which shows President John F. Kennedy boarding Air Force One at Shannon Airport on June 29th, 1963 after a visit to his ancestral homeland is currently on sale at the M.S. Rau Gallery in New Orleans priced at $98,950.
    His work is in a number of public and private collections, including: University College, Dublin; Hugh Lane Art Gallery; Irish Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Ireland; Office of Public Works; Crawford Art Gallery; Limerick City Art Gallery and Limerick University National Self-Portrait Collection.
    (See antiquesandartireland.com post for January 27)
    UPDATE:  THE PAINTINGS SOLD FOR 2,200 AND 4,800 RESPECTIVELY.