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    IRISH ART AT GORRY GALLERY IN DUBLIN

    Saturday, May 18th, 2019

    This painting by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson – Naval Ships off Roches Point – show two frigates of the Royal Navy with a date that appears to read 1855.  The former curator of the Crawford Gallery Peter Murray reckons it to be one of the most significant works by the Cork artist.  Atkinson was born in Cove, later Queenstown and now Cobh,  around 1806 and spent his early life at sea as a ships carpenter. He became government surveyor of shipping and emigrants at Queenstown, where he was known as Captain Atkinson. He was a self taught artist whose works show a thorough knowledge of the sea. His three sons and one daughter all later became painters. Atkinson first showed at the Cork Art Union in 1841 and exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1842.  The work will be displayed at the Gorry Gallery, Molesworth St., Dublin as part of an exhibition of 17th-21st century Irish art which runs from May 23 until June 8.

    IMPORTANT IRISH NURSES AT WHYTE’S ART SALE

    Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

    Nurses (1953) by Nevill Johnson which comes up at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on May 27 is one of his few surviving paintings of the 1952-53 period. In a catalogue note Dickon Hall notes that the artist’s affection for Dublin was that of an outsider, an Englishman who had lived in Belfast for twelve years before moving there in 1946 in response to becoming one of the group of young artists whom Victor Waddington put under contract to his gallery. Hall writes: “This group of nurses relaxing in a garden suggests a specific experience seen and recalled by the artist, but by reducing each figure to their uniform Johnson emphasises the abstract formal arrangements within the composition, as well as creating a dreamlike quality that is reinforced by a muted palette lifted by unexpected pink tones”. Hall adds: “Nurses is a painting that balances satisfying aesthetic qualities with the surreal incongruity that Johnson recalled so nostalgically from his Dublin years and creates an ambiguous and mysterious mood that seems to define the elusive tone of the post-war world”. It is estimated at 10,000-15,000.

    NURSES, 1953NEVILL JOHNSON (1911-1999)

    The sale will include works by George Barret, William Leech, Sir John Lavery, William Orpen, George Russell (“AE”), Jack Yeats, Paul Henry, Lilian Lucy Davidson, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Laurence Stephen Lowry, Colin Middleton, Louis le Brocquy, Basil Blackshaw, Hughie O’Donoghue and others.

    BIRTH OF MODERNISM IN IRISH ART

    Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920-1960 is the title of an exhibition running at the State Apartment Galleries in Dublin Castle until August 18.  In his catalogue commentary curator David Britton notes that it took time before the influence of early 20th century advances in art reached these shores.  With the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 the culturally conservative government and middle class catholics favoured art depicting west of Ireland cottages (Paul Henry), Irish agricultural workers (Sean Keating) or people at leisure as shown by William Conor or James Humbert Craig. The main exponents of Surrealism were Colin Middleton and Nevill Johnson. Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone were the first artists to promote pure Cubism in Ireland, but other Irish artists like May Guinness and Mary Swanzy had studied in Paris before Jellett and Hone’s arrival there. When Jellett first exhibited pure abstract work in 1923  there was a hostile review by the artist/poet George Russell. In 1943 Jellett was instrumental along with le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Jack Hanlon and others in organising the first Irish Exhibition of Living Art.  Dublin Castle is one of the leading public sites of the OPW.  Visitor numbers have been rising and reached 440,000 last year. 

    WILLIAM SCOTT – LEMON AND FUNNEL (1949)

    IRISH AND INTERNATIONAL ART AT RDS ON APRIL 29

    Thursday, April 18th, 2019

    The Irish and International art sale by Morgan O’Driscoll at the RDS on April 29 has been on view both in London and, for the first time, New York. The auctioneer has worked very hard over many years to enhance the international base of collectors of Irish art so it will be of great interest to see if the trip Stateside bears fruit in the way that various viewings in London have added a new dimension to these sales.

    Danish model and photographer Helena Christensen was among those who attended the New York viewing. The painting in the background is Isobel by Daniel O’Neill. UPDATE: THE O’NEILL PORTRAIT SOLD FOR 33,000 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART

    Thursday, March 14th, 2019

    An online auction of affordable art by Morgan O’Driscoll runs until March 19. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    MAURICE HENDERSON Unloading the Catch, Beara (1991) (600-900) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,400 AT HAMMER
    JOHN KINGERLEE Head (1,000-1,500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 800 AT HAMMER
    FRANCIS BACON (1909-1992) Pope Series signed in the plate lower right – limited edition lithograph published by D & P, 1997 edition – numbered 39 from an edition of 100 (300-500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

    The Irish art online auction at Morgan O’Driscoll, which runs until January 21, offers work by a wide variety of artists including Arthur Maderson, Evie Hone, Kenneth Webb, Markey Robinson, Basil Blackshaw, John Shinnors and many other artists.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    EVIE HONE (1894-1955) – Study for a Stained-Glass Window  UPDATE: THIS MADE 700 AT HAMMER

    NEVILL JOHNSON (1911-1999) – Two Figures (1994)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 650 AT HAMMER

    JOHN BEHAN (B.1938) – Bull (1974)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    MILDRED ANNE BUTLER (1858-1941) – Doves in the Sunlight  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,000 AT HAMMER

    A GREAT COLLECTION OF IRISH ART AT SOTHEBY’S IN LONDON

    Saturday, November 17th, 2018
    The Brian P. Burns collection of Irish art  comes under the hammer at Sotheby’s in London on November 21.  Internationally promoted this sale of 100 lots spans Irish artists from the 18th century to the present day and includes works by Yeats, O’Conor, Lavery, Orpen, Osborne, Leech, Nathaniel Hone, James Brenan and Rowan Gillespie.
    Now aged over 80 Sotheby’s describe the collection he formed over a lifetime as one of the greatest collections of Irish art in private hands.  He has generously loaned his collection to exhibitions in America and Ireland and created new audiences for and awareness of Irish art.  Here is a selection from the sale:

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for August 22, 2018)

    UPDATE:  The sale total including buyer’s premium was £3,307,375 making this the single most valuable auction of Irish art this year.

    Walter Frederick Osborne, At the Breakfast Table  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Roderic O’Conor, Seascape, Orange and Red Rocks  UPDATE: THIS MADE 100,000

    ROWAN GILLESPIE – THE SETTLERS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 65,000

    St. Patrick’s Hall, Dublin Castle by F.J. Davis  UPDATE: THIS MADE £243,750

    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART AT DE VERES

    Thursday, September 6th, 2018

    An online sale of Irish artworks at modest estimates from the Axa collection runs at de Veres in Dublin until September 10. Comprised of over 200 original artworks the collection was gathered by Axa Insurance under the guidance of artist Bernadette Madden. It was put together over a 20 year period with a view to supporting emerging Irish artists. The sale is on view at de Veres, Kildare St., Dublin from today and all bidding is online. The sale gets underway at 6 pm on September 10.  Here is a small selection:

    BERNADETTE MADDEN BESTIARY BEASTS WAX RESIST ON LINEN (200-400)

    AOIFE DWYER UNTITLED PRINT, ARTIST’S PROOF, (100-200)

    ANDREW FOLAN ARHA THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT LENTICULAR PRINT (100-200)

    ALBERT IRVIN LOUISE VII SCREENPRINT (100-200)

    SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM DE VERES IRISH ART SALE

    Monday, June 11th, 2018

    Among the highlights at the Irish art auction at de Veres in Dublin on June 12 are works by William Scott, Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Patrick Collins, Dan O’Neill and Camille Souter.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    PAUL HENRY – A ROAD IN CONNEMARA  UPDATE: THIS MADE 64,000 AT HAMMER

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 4, 2018).

    COLIN MIDDLETON – PAYSAGE DES REVES MAUVAIS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 50,000 AT HAMMER

    MARY SWANZY – HOUSE WITH RED SHUTTERS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    MAINIE JELLETT – FLOWER FORMS  UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

    Portrait of Maria Susanna Ormsby by Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (1734-1808)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER

    The Spring Sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam in Dublin on March 27 will offer a range of work from the 18th century to the present day. One of the earliest is a rediscovered portrait by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, arguably this country’s most important portraitist, of Maria Susanna Ormsby, daughter of the MP for Sligo William Ormsby.  This painting re-emerged in the dispersal of the Harlech Collection in Wales a year ago and is now estimated at 25,000-35,000.

    A Paul Henry, Looking Towards Achill from the East of Achill Sound, is estimated at 40,000-60,000. There are two large works by Tony O’Malley and two by John Shinnors from  very different periods.  The mid 20th century Northern Irish School is well represented by artists like Colin Middleton and Dan O’Neill which William Conor’s 1923 work Water Buckets is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  The catalogue is online and features 123 works.