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    Saturday, March 30th, 2024

    Primrose Hill by Frank Auerbach UPDATE: THIS MADE 21,000 AT HAMMER

    With signed Andy Warhol and Joan Miro screenprints, contrasting approaches to landscape in views of Primrose Hill by Frank Auerbach and Union Hall by Donald Teskey, an oil on canvas by Conor Harrington, still lifes, interiors and a bravura portrait by Genieve Figgis the April 9 Irish and International sale by Morgan O’Driscoll is characterised by great variety.

    The first two artworks of the 164 lots on offer, a pen drawing by Jack B Yeats redolent of an Ireland long vanished and a fairly abstract lithograph entitled Coloured Wall by Sean Scully, illustrate this diversity very well.  The most expensively estimated lot is Villas near the Sea, Cassis (1913) by Roderic O’Conor (€70,000-€100,000).  At the other end of the cost scale is a 1980 photograph of Samuel Beckett by John Minihan (€300-€500) and an oil on board of The Rosses, Co. Donegal by Estella Solomons (€500-€750).

    Artists are often fascinated by the unformed drawings of the very young. At first glance Primrose Hill by Frank Auerbach – a series of crayon squiggles on a page – looks like something your average two or three year old might have produced.  The clue is in the title. Look more closely and an image of Hampstead Heath on a summer day emerges, complete with winding path, trees, blue sky and approaching dark clouds.  The colour range is precise. In his catalogue entry Peter Murray notes:  “Much of the drawing’s zest and energy is created by this understanding of colour theory translated into action that underpins the seemingly random and chaotic marks and results in an impressive work of art created from the simplest materials”.  Auerbach’s Primrose Hill (€15,000-€25,000) is indeed fascinating and no, you could not do it yourself.

     Union Hall, West Cork by Donald Teskey. UPDATE: THIS MADE 29,000 AT HAMMER

    Union Hall by Donald Teskey presents a beguiling picture of the charming west Cork fishing village and is estimated at €20,000-€30,000.

    The catalogue cover lot is a screenprint by Andy Warhol titled Ladies and Gentlemen II.135 (1975).  The estimate is €7,000-€9,000. A William Scott screenprint,  Still Life with Frying Pan and Eggs, is estimated at €5,000-€7,000 and there are etchings and prints by Georges Braque, Damien Hirst, Mr. Brainwash and Joan Miro whose La Megere et La Lune (1973) was published by Maeght Paris and  numbered 36 from an edition of 50.  A pencil drawing of Dock St., Belfast by L.S. Lowry dates to 1964 and is estimated at €15,000-€20,000.

    Master of Money and Mirrors by Conor Harrington. UPDATE: THIS MADE 40,000 AT HAMMER

    Master of Money and Mirrors is an oil on canvas by the Cork artist Conor Harrington whose street art propelled him to fame.  He is now represented in a growing number of collections and this piece is estimated at €40,000-€60,000. Portrait of a Lady by Dublin born Genieve Figgis, whose use of Twitter propelled her to the international stage, is estimated at €30,000-€50,000.

    A portrait of a lady in a white dress by Cork born Adam Buck (1759-1833) is estimated at €2,000-€3,000 and a unique 3D wood relief by Maser has an estimate of €4,000-€6,000.  There is sculpture by, among others, John Behan, Rowan Gillespie, Helen Walsh, Patrick O’Reilly, Siobhan Bulfin and Mark Rode.

    Viewing takes place in Skibbereen on today, tomorrow and Monday and in Dublin at the RDS from April 5 to April 8. The auction will begin to close at 6.30 pm on April 9.

    No to War by Patrick O’Reilly. UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER


    Tuesday, November 8th, 2022

    This two metre high bronze Irish wolfhound will form the centrepiece of a sculpture garden at Art Source – the Irish contemporary art fair – at the RDS, Dublin from November 11-13. Around 45 artists will have work on display at the sculpture garden which will be at Gormley’s stand.

    “The wolfhound is a giant amongst dogs and deserved to be made into a giant sculpture,” the sculptor said. “Nothing represents Ireland better than the gentle quality of our nature and this is reflected in how I have visualised the wolfhound. They are the tallest dogs in the world but also have the sweetest nature and any country would be proud to have it as a symbol.”


    Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

    Allegory, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy, was the top lot at de Veres art and sculpture sale in Dublin last night. It sold for a hammer price of 92,000. Patrick O’Reilly’s GI Bear, unique and bronze, measuring eight feet by nine feet, which had been displayed outside the Merrion Hotel, sold for a hammer price of 80,000.

    Louis le Brocquy – Allegory

    Other top hammer prices include: Rowan Gillespie Portrait of a Dreamer 67,000; Louis le Brocquy Tinker Breaks Whitethorn   42,000; Patrick O’Reilly Bear 30,000; Stephen McKenna Black and Yellow Lighthouse 29,000; Patrick Scott, Gold Painting 28,000; Walter Osborne, High St., Rye 17,500 and F E McWilliam Carving 16,500.



    Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

    The evening sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam in Dublin on March 27 offers a broad selection of 166 lots. The earliest painting in the auction is a 1760 landscape by George Barret senior and there is a good selection of mid-20th century art and sculpture. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    See posts on for March 16 and March 22, 2019.

    George Barret senior – Landscape with figures UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD
    Patrick O’Reilly (b.1957) Two Cows as Milk Cartons (2008) UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,200 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

    The interest in Irish sculpture was one of the most heartening aspects of a highly successful sale by de Veres in Dublin last night.  There was impressive hammer prices for a number of lots. Marching On by Patrick O’Reilly made 50,000 at hammer, Click by Rowan Gillespie made 30,500 at hammer, Black Angel by Michael Warren made 24,000 at hammer and Tumbling by Bob Quinn made 10,500. Here are some examples:

    Life (2002) by Rowan Gillespie made 25,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 15,000.

    Swallows by Colm Brennan made 15,500 at hammer over a top estimate of 9,000.

    Heron in the Reeds by James McCarthy made 8,000 at hammer over a top estimate of 5,000.

    Marching On by Patrick O’Reilly made 50,000 at hammer over a top estimates of 30,000


    Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

    A cathedral of cans by Patrick O'Reilly. (click to enlarge)

    Gossip by Patrick O'Reilly. (click to enlarge)

    A twenty five foot cathedral constructed from over 5000 empty baked bean tin cans takes pride of place at an exhibition by Patrick O’Reilly at the Oliver Sears Gallery, Molesworth St., Dublin.  “Six Impossible things before Breakfast” is the title of the bronze and metal objects exhibition. It is borrowed from a famous passage in Alice in Wonderland. Kilkenny born O’Reilly has his main studio in Drumcondra’s St. Alphonsus Church.

    This show demonstrates unusual versatility in multiple media.  The exhibition runs until November 20.