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    Arthur Maderson's Stepping Out at Dolans Art Auction. (click to enlarge) UPDATE: IT SOLD FOR 4,500

    This evocative painting by Arthur Maderson, entitled Stepping Out, features at Dolan’s art auction in Cork on January 23 next. Though not an image of contemporary, recession torn Ireland it does capture a somewhat hidden Ireland that continues to exist, line dancing included.
    A few months ago, at the annual away outing of the Munster Press Golf Society, I found myself at an old style music session and ceili in the clubhouse on the Dundrum House Hotel golf resort in Co. Tipperary.
    People from around the area regularly travel for miles to attend this midweek event in the bar of the clubhouse. This work evokes the enjoyable, devil-may-care and decidedly retrospective atmosphere of that evening in October 2010. The golf course is good too.
    The Dolan’s affordable Irish art sale takes place at Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on Sunday, January 23 at 3 p.m.  Viewing is from January 21.  This is lot number 111 from that sale of 233 lots and it is estimated at 3,000-4,000, making it one of the more expensively estimated works on the catalogue.
    The sale features a number of works from the studio of Thelma Mansfield, the former RTE presenter who left the station in the 1990’s to pursue a career in painting.  There is art by a variety of painters and sculptors on offer including Kenneth Webb, John Schwatschke, Mat Grogan, Markey Robinson, Denis Orme Shaw,  Graham Knuttel,  John Kingerlee, Elizabeth le Jeune, Emer Byrne  and Sian Maguire.

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