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    Sunday, February 16th, 2020

    The centenary of the birth of artist Dan O’Neill will be marked at the Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin this summer.  This will be the first retrospective of Daniel O’Neill’s work since 1952 and includes many works from private collections unseen at exhibition for over 50 years. It will feature works by his friends and fellow painters Gerard Dillon, Colin Middleton, George Campbell, Nano Reid and others.  Born in Belfast, O’Neill had little orthodox training. He started painting with watercolours at the age of 15 and studied Italian renaissance painters at  Belfast Reference Library.  In 1945 he was taken up by the Dublin dealer, Victor Waddington and  several one man shows followed.  He visited France and moved to London in 1958.  From there his paintings were sent to the Waddington Gallery in Montreal and he showed at the Dawson Gallery in Dublin. In 1970 he exhibited in Belfast and his last two exhibitions were at the Dawson in 1971. He died in March 1974 aged 54.  The show will run from May 10 to July 24. 

    Self on western shore – Daniel O’Neill


    Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

    Kenneth Webb, John Butler Yeats, Cecil Maguire, Harry Kernoff, Dan O’Neill,  William Conor, Charles Brady and John Shinnors are among the artists whose work features at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online sale of Irish art.  Bidding runs to Monday, September 24 between 6.30 pm and 9.30 pm and there is viewing in Skibbereen from September 20. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)
    Figures in a Landscape (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER

    Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974) Men Fishing, West River Falls, Nova Scotia (1957) (2,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) Envelopes (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,000 AT HAMMER

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) Men of Steel (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Sunday, May 20th, 2018

    The Winners by Dan O’Neill (1920-1974)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    The Winners, an oil on board by Dan O’Neill at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online auction of Irish art on May 21  last came up at The Irish Sale at Sotheby’s in London in 2002.  It sold for 8,000 euro then.  This time around it is estimated at 8,000-12,000.

    Highlights of the sale include works by James Humbert Craig, Henry Robertson Craig, John Butler Yeats, Kenneth Webb, Basil Blackshaw and Carey Clarke. There are 224 lots including sculpture and each can be viewed life-size in your own setting via the AR Marker with the Morgan ODriscoll app.  The catalogue for the sale is online. Here is a small selection:

    Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)
    July Profusion  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    James S. Brohan (b.1952)
    The Horse Fair  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER

    Foxgloves by William Crozier (1930-2011)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER


    Friday, November 20th, 2015

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) - Portrait of Dan O'Neill (20,000-30,000).

    Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) – Portrait of Dan O’Neill (20,000-30,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 21,000

    Gerard Dillon’s 1952 portrait of his fellow artist Dan O’Neill graces the catalogue cover for Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on November 30.  Based on the quality of works on offer and a new confidence in the salesrooms of Ireland Whyte’s remain optimistic about this sale of 161 lots.  The portrait, for instance, has been singled out twice for exhibitions at retrospectives in 1972 and 2003.  It is from a key point in Dillon’s career. By 1952 he had established himself as a painter and was closely involved in many of the exhibitions and organisations promoting and supporting visual art in Ireland North and South. He would go on to represent Great Britain in the Pittsburgh International exhibition in 1958 and the Guggenheim International, where he represented Ireland in 1958 and 1960.

    Dillon’s contemporaries also shine in this sale with works by Dan O’Neill, Nano Reid and Norah McGuinness.  There is a strong selection of works by William Conor showing aspects of life in Belfast and an iconic West of Ireland landscape by Paul Henry.  The sale will be held at the RDS and the catalogue is online.


    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

    Early drawings by Paul Henry (1876-1958) unseen in this country since the 1940’s will be a highlight at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sale of Irish and International art at the RDS on September 14. The two drawings, Boy with a Flute (1910) and Woman with Fagots (1904) were acquired directly from the artist and have been in New Zealand since the 1940’s.  Each one is estimated at 15,000-25,000.

    There is sculpture by John Behan and others,  an original screen print by Robert Motherwell and Old Time Dance by Dan O’Neill which depicts a night time scene and a couple dancing.  The sale of 110 lots will be on view at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Skibbereen offices from September 4-7  and in Dublin at the RDS Minerva Suite from September 11.

    Boy with a Flute by Paul Henry (15,000-25,000).

    Boy with a Flute by Paul Henry (15,000-25,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 15,000 AT HAMMER

    Woman With Fagots by Paul Henry (15,000-25,000).

    Woman With Fagots by Paul Henry (15,000-25,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    The Pig Market by tCharles Henry Cook (3,000-5,000).

    The Pig Market by Charles Henry Cook (3,000-5,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    Old Time Dance by Dan O'Neill (15,000-25,000).

    Old Time Dance by Dan O’Neill (15,000-25,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER


    Friday, June 26th, 2015

    The catalogue for Morgan O’Driscoll’s latest off the wall online auction of Irish art is now live.  It features a variety of affordable artworks including sculpture.  The sale runs until July 6 at 6.30 pm.  Here is a small selection:

    Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974) Ruined Cottage, Rathmullen (8,000-12,000)

    Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)
    Ruined Cottage, Rathmullen (8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Jan Sweeney (b.1939) Harry the Hare  bronze sculpture edition 1/12 (2,000-3,000)

    Jan Sweeney (b.1939)
    Harry the Hare
    bronze sculpture edition 1/12 (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,600 AT HAMMER

    ohn Behan RHA (b.1938) Famine Ship  bronze sculpture edition 1/9 (2,500-3,500)

    John Behan RHA (b.1938)
    Famine Ship
    bronze sculpture edition 1/9 (2,500-3,500)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,600 AT HAMMER

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968) Bringing Home The Turf  (3,000-4,000)

    William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)
    Bringing Home The Turf (3,000-4,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,600

    George Gillespie RUA (1924-1996) River Derg  (2,000-3,000)

    George Gillespie RUA (1924-1996)
    River Derg (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, December 9th, 2010

    Fishermen's Wives by Dan O'Neill was the top lot at de Veres. (click on image to enlarge)

    Abstract Composition by Evie Hone made 11,500 at de Veres. (click to enlarge)

    Dan O’Neill’s Fishermens Wives was the top lot at de Veres Irish art auction in Dublin on December 8. It made 28,000.  A second O’Neill, entitled “And yet another” made 15,500.
    Evie Hone’s Abstract Composition sold for 11,500 and Yellow Head by Basil Blackshaw made 10,500.
    About 60 per cent of 140 lots of affordable Irish art found buyers.  The sale brought in 325,000.
    (see post on for December 2)