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    Sunday, April 2nd, 2023
    Harry Kernoff – La Place du Tertre Montmartre at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in Paris. UPDATE; THIS MADE €50,800

    Art by Harry Kernoff,  Hughie O’Donoghue and Rowan Gillespie will feature  among a strong selection at Sotheby’s second Irish art sale in Paris in May.  Highlights from the auction will be on view at Sotheby’s on Molesworth St. in Dublin on April 3, 4 and 5. Already consigned are works by William Leech, Roderic O’Conor, John Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Sean Scully,  Patrick Scott, Basil Blackshaw, Camille Souter, LM Hamilton, Jack Coulter, Maser and Richard Hearns.

    In his painting La Place du Tertre, Montmartre Harry Kernoff discreetly places himself wearing his customary trilby hat in a cafe named Jeune Peinture.  It is estimated at €40,000-€60,000.  Hughie O’Donoghue’s Medusa III (€15,000-€20,000) is from a series in which he engages with the past using personal records of his father’s experience of World War II to create intense and emotionally powerful images. Given that the book was first published in Paris  Ripples of Ulysses, Study, 1999 (€10,000-€15,000) by Rowan Gillespie is especially apt. It relates to two life sized James Joyce sculptures, one at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin the other at Regis University, Denver.  The artist places Joyce at the centre of his masterpiece, Ulysses, the words of which ripple outwards in 18 concentric circles. The sculpture spins because it is never ending.

    Hughie O’Donoghue – Medusa III at Sotheby’s Paris. UPDATE; THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Incrementum 2020/2023 by Richard Hearns is estimated at €8,000-€12,000. Born in Beirut during the civil war and adopted as an infant by an Irish UN peacekeeper the Burren based painter has said his dual heritage has inspired his paintings. He is considered to be one of the most exciting abstract painters working in Ireland today by Sotheby’s.
    The inaugural Irish art sale in Paris in May 2022 saw strong international bidding and a world record for a work on paper by Mainie Jellett. It also led to the return of many Irish artworks to this country.  The success of that sale, which coincided with the centenary of the World Congress of the Irish Race in 1922, has spurred Sotheby’s on to repeat it in 2023.  All international exposure of Irish art is to be welcomed.  Bidding for this sale opens online on May 4 and runs until May 10. The auction will be on view at Sotheby’s, Paris on those dates.


    Wednesday, June 1st, 2022
    Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) – The Bridge, Skibbereen made 440,000 at hammer

    The Bridge at Skibbereen by Jack B Yeats made a hammer price of €440,000 over an estimate of €400,000-€600,000 at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin this evening. It was exhibited at The Dublin Society of Painters in 1920. A Pair of 18th century views of Dublin Bay Looking North and Looking South by William Ashford made €460,000 at hammer. Among the other top hammer prices were: Chiswick Baths by Sir John Lavery (€110,000); Sun Rising: An extensive wooded landscape by George Barret snr. (€90,000); Across from Inishlacken by Gerard Dillon (€65,000): Yellow Man by Hughie O’Donoghue (€57,000); Horse on Anvil by Barry Flanagan (€30,000); Arrieta-Orzola (Lanzarote) by Tony O’Malley (€28,000); Talk (Egglers) – egglers were men who dealt in eggs – by Jack Butler Yeats (€28,000); Sunday by Daniel O’Neill (€22,000); Drawing; Still Life by William Scott and Figure in Woodland by George Russell each made €20,000.


    Saturday, May 28th, 2022
    The Yellow Man by Hughie O’Donoghue. UPDATE: THIS MADE 57,000 AT HAMMER

    Hughie O’Donoghue’s Yellow Man II from 2008 from a series   inspired by a Van Gogh self-portrait known only from photographs and thought lost in a fire, comes up at Adams sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on June 1.  It is estimated at €40,000-€60,000.  Another 21st century work of note is Barry Flanagan’s Horse on Anvil (€20,000-€30,000).  Best known in Ireland for his remarkable sculptural hares exhibited around O’Connell St. at the time of his Dublin retrospective in 2006 Barry Flanagan is celebrated too for sculpted horses, cougars and elephants.  There are prominent horse sculptures by him in Cambridge and in Montreal.

    The Bridge at Skibbereen (1919) and The Folded Heart (1943) by Jack Butler Yeats are estimated respectively at €400,000-€600,000 and €250,000-€350,000.  Gerard Dillon’s Across from Innislacken (€60,000-€80,000) dates to c1951 while Tony O’Malley’s Arrieta-Orzola (Lanzarote) from 1988 is estimated at €25,000-€35,000.  Sun Rising; An extensive wooded landscape with fishermen by George Barret (€100,000-€150,000) is described by Adams as a masterpiece of 18th century Irish art.  Chiswick Baths by Sir John Lavery is estimated at €80,000-€120,000.  The Adams sale, which includes a 1916 copy of The Proclamation (€150,000-€200,000), is on view at St. Stephen’s Green today and every day until next Wednesday at 4 pm and online.  There are 118 lots and it gets underway at 6 pm on Wednesday.

    (See post on for May 21, 2022)

    Horse on Anvil by Barry Flanagan. UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, April 3rd, 2022

    Prodigal Son by Hughie O’Donoghue, which comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction on April 26, is based on a poignant First World War photograph from the Imperial War Museum in London. The subject – a dazed German soldier waiting for stretcher bearers – is linked by O’Donoghue to his Kerry grandfather, countless economic migrants like him and even preserved Iron Age bodies found in bogland. According to a catalogue note by Aidan Dunne they all represent painting as an act of excavation for the artist, a means of recording lost and forgotten histories of people helplessly caught up in the currents of their time like emigration, war and disaster.  O’Donoghue, he explains, addresses the universal in the particular, the nature of life and the limitations within which people pursue their ambitions.


    Sunday, March 13th, 2022
    Hughie O’Donoghue – The Bethrothed Aoife © Hughie O’ Donoghue
    Photo © Anthony Hobbs

    Original Sins by Hughie O’Donoghue at the National Gallery of Ireland until June 19 addresses memory, history and questions of identity. The series of six large paintings depicts six historical figures drawn from ancient history, modern history, and the contemporary world and paired together. Best known to many as a central figure in Daniel Maclise’s The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife, princess Aoife is paired with William the Conqueror. Represented very differently from the way in which she appears in the famous Irish work, the painting will hang alongside the others in this installation under the gaze of Maclise’s monumental masterpiece in the Gallery’s Shaw Room. 

    Dr Brendan Rooney, Head Curator at the National Gallery of Ireland, commented“The Gallery is delighted to be collaborating with Hughie as part of its contribution to the Decade of Centenaries. It is very exciting to see Daniel Maclise’s monumental The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife subjected to the scrutiny of an artist for whom history and memory are so important. The installation of Hughie’s six new paintings in the Shaw Room represents an unprecedented repurposing of the Gallery’s most famous display space, and casts Maclise’s picture, which inspired them, in a new light.”

    The National Gallery marks the conclusion of the Decade of Centenaries with three special displays in 2022. Two exhibitions will open later in the year. Keating’s Allegories of Change (from August 20) centres around Seán Keating’s 1924 painting An Allegory, which addresses the divisive nature of the conflict of the Irish Civil War. Estella Solomons: Still Moments (from September 3) features a number of portraits by Solomons of leading revolutionary and cultural figures of the time. 


    Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

    The Return of Ulysses by Hughie O’Donoghue comes up as lot 90 at Whyte’s Irish and International art sale online in Dublin on May 31. It dates to 2006/7, two years before the Irish Museum of Modern Art celebrated this acclaimed artist with a major exhibition of 27 works. O’Donoghue is now represented by the prestigious Marlborough Gallery in London. This work is estimated at €8,000-€12,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 8,500 AT HAMMER.


    Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

    Art by Patrick Collins, Hughie O’Donoghue, Barrie Cooke, Basil Blackshaw, John B. Vallely and Markey Robinson performed well at de Vere’s in Dublin tonight. The walking cane once owned by Michael Collins made a hammer price of 11,000 over a top estimate of 4,000. F.E. McWilliam’s Anthropomorphic Bean once in the collection of Lehman Brothers failed to find a buyer. The top lot was Hughie O’Donoghue’s Return of Ulysses Blue Elegy which made 30,000 at hammer. Among the other top lots, with hammer prices in brackets, were: A memory of W.B. Yeats walking in Dublin by Patrick Collins (29,000); Moorland Water by Patrick Collins (26,000); Five Musicians by John B. Vallely (21,000); Frission by Mark Frances (20,000); Longshore VIII by Donald Teskey (18,000); Wind, Strings and Reeds by John B. Vallely (15,000); Big Forest Borneo by Barrie Cooke (14,500); Landscape by Basil Blackshaw (13,000); Image of Seamus Heaney by Louis le Brocquy (12,000); Arrival of the catch by Markey Robinson (11,000) and Winter Pattern by Tony O’Malley (10,000).

    (See post on for November 24, 2019)

    Hughie O’Donoghue – Return of Ulysses, Blue Elegy


    Thursday, November 14th, 2019

    Artworks by Camille Souter, Hughie O’Donoghue, Patrick O’Reilly, Markey Robinson, Sean McSweeney, Charles Lamb, James Humbert Craig, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson and many other Irish artists feature at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current Irish art online auction which runs until the evening of November 18. The catalogue is online.

    CAMILLE SOUTER (B.1929) Carnival in Nice (1998) (3,000 – €5,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,200 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, March 7th, 2019

    A total of 250 lots will come under the hammer at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current sale of Irish art online.  The auction includes work by Hughie O’Donoghue, Mark O’Neill, Louis le Brocquy, Sean McSweeney, Cecil Maguire, Arthur Maderson and others. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Joe Murray (20th/21st Century)
    David Bowie
    set of 3 life cast masks
    This is an actual life cast taken from David Bowie’s face by makeup artist Dick Smith during the production of the 1983 movie ‘The Hunger’, David Bowie was 36 at this time  UPDATE: THESE MADE 1,400 AT HAMMER

    Louis Le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012)
    Flower Seller Christmas Eve, Ann Street, Dublin 1944  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    Hughie O’Donoghue RA (b.1953)
    Fiume (Head) (2004)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942)
    Grey Cloud Over Blackwater Valley  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,600 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

    Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931) ON THE HILL OF HOWTH, COUNTY DUBLIN, c.1912-14  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    A re-discovered Orpen drawing of bhemian youth features at Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and International Art at the RDS on October 2. On the Hill of Howth, Co. Dublin c1912-14 depicts a girl holding a knot of tiny flowers and stretching her right arm skywards in an attitude of abandon. From the estate of Dublin judge Desmond Windle it is estimated at 30,000-50,000.  He was a collector for over 60 years and  among the other artists in his collection in this sale are Patrick Collins, John Behan, Michael Kane, Charles Brady, Charles Harper, George Campbell and Sean McSweeney. The catalogue, which is online, lists 188 lots. Here is a small selection:

    Hughie O’Donoghue (b.1953) DUTIFUL SON, 2007/8 (6,000-8,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 6,000 AT HAMMER

    Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) SHOE BOX (2,000-3,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,800 AT HAMMER

    John Behan RHA (b.1938) ARCHER (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200

    Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994) THE HAPPY PRIEST, 1965 (15,000-20,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000