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    This work by Basil Blackshaw will be sold in west Cork on August 11. It is estimated at 6,500-8,000. UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 10,000 and was the top lot in a sale which brought in 145,000.

    Some of the biggest names in contemporary Irish art will feature at an evening sale Castletownshend in west Cork on Wednesday, August 11.More than 70 paintings, prints, photoworks and sculptures will be auctioned to help fund a gallery space at the new West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen in memory of the late senior counsel Jim O’Driscoll.

    He was a passionate collector and a supporter of Irish art and artists. A total of 81 works from his collection were sold at Whyte’s in Dublin in May. (see posts on for May 25 and June 1).

    The artists who donated works to the Castletownshend sale are Jo Ashby, Basil Blackshaw, Johnny Blain, Brian Bourke, Cormac Boydell, Cecily Brennan, Campbell Bruce , Michael Bulfin, Katie Burgess, Bernadette Burns, Tom Climent, Pat Connor, Barrie Cooke, Maud Cotter, Dorothy Cross, William Crozier, Jill Dennis, John Desmond, Maurice Desmond, John Doherty, Mickey Donnelly, Michael Farrell , Bridget Flannery, Tom Fitzgerald, Mike Fitzharris, Martin Gale, Rachel Gallagher, Tim Goulding, Charles Harper, Pat Harris, Etain Hickey, Ian Humphreys, John Kingerlee, Matt Lamb, Brian Lalor, Jason Lee, Mary Lohan, John Minihan, James McCarthy, Donna McNamara, Séan McSweeney, Cóilín Murray, John Philip Murray, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Hughie O’Donoghue, Gwen O’Dowd, James O’Leary, Jane O’Malley, Tony O’Malley, Majella O’Neill Collins, Margaret O’Sullivan, Peter Perry, Jim Savage, Patrick Scott, Terry Searle, Maria Simonds-Gooding, John Simpson, Jacqueline Stanley, Donald Teskey, Christine Thery, Jim Turner, Charles Tyrrell and Sarah Walker.

    Galleries and collectors supporting the auction are Nuala Fenton of the Fenton Gallery (Basil Blackshaw), Taylor Gallery (Michael Farrell), John P. Quinlan of the Vanguard Gallery (Eamon Coleman), Catherine Hammond Gallery (Hughie O’Donoghue), Fergus O’Mahony, Warren Gallery (Matt Lamb), Marion O’Driscoll (Maurice Desmond), Angela Flowers (Tim Meara), Catherine Field (Brigitte Saflund) and Limerick Printmakers (Limerick Printmakers’ Box Set).
    The artworks to be auctioned can be viewed at West Cork Arts Centre, North Street, Skibbereen from Thursday  August 5 to Tuesday August 10 from 10.00am to 5.00pm. (On Sunday August 8 by appointment only).

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