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    Thursday, April 18th, 2024


    An exhibition of over 30 works by acclaimed Irish artist Robert Ballagh opens today at The Gorry Gallery in Dublin. Featuring paintings in oil on canvas, as well as prints, sketches, and other mixed media, this unique and principled show displays Ballagh’s views on Ireland, the world, and the fragility of life itself. Now aged 80 the catalogue includes Ballagh’s personal comments on each of his pictures. The exhibition runs until May 3 and can be viewed online.


    Saturday, April 16th, 2022
    Best Buddies (1990) by Keith Haring  UPDATE: THIS MADE €56,000 AT HAMMER

    From Paul Henry to Robert Ballagh, Colin Middleton to Tony O’Malley, not to mention Keith Haring and Ai Weiwei the upcoming sale of Irish and International Art by Morgan O’Driscoll is one of the most interesting auctions of the year to date. A quintessential Paul Henry – An Irish Bog – will highlight the April 26 online auction of 183 lots. Henry’s painting dates to 1939 and it featured on the cover of An Irish Journey by Sean O’ Faolain.

    In the summer of 1939 the writer and the artist had toured Ireland together.  Each had become the source of some disapproval in a country grown increasingly narrow minded.  O’Faolain’s Bird Alone had been banned for indecency three years earlier and Henry, having separated from his wife Grace in 1930, was in a relationship with the painter Mabel Young.  Undaunted, the author went on to found the literary magazine The Bell in 1940 and Paul Henry is now one of our most celebrated painters.  An Irish Bog is estimated at €120,000-€180,000.In Ireland and elsewhere art and controversy are often intertwined. In the late 1970’s and early ’80’s the artist Robert Ballagh made a series of paintings around and inside his Broadstone home. In a nod to Duchamp one featured his wife Betty nude descending a spiral staircase, another has the artist clad only in socks and a tee shirt. Lot 68 in the auction, Inside No. 3 After Modernisation dates to 1982 and features Ballagh sitting at a table writing with a copy of  Marx’s Das Kapital and a book on post modernism. The painting, which juxtaposes styles like Cubism, Art Deco, Abstract Expressionism and Punk, is estimated at €30,000-€50,000.

    Inside No. 3 After Modernisation by Robert Ballagh. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Calvary No. I (1983) by Tony O’Malley (€20,000-€30,000), from the estate of the late Charlie Hennessy of Cork, bears the inscription ‘After Picasso – Grunewald and O’Tunney’.  This sombre work, regarded by some critics as among his most important, refers to the 16th century Irish memorial sculptor Rory O’Tunney from Callan.  Picasso generally avoided religious subjects but he painted a crucifixion in 1930 and made a series of monochrome drawings inspired by Grunewalds 16th century masterpiece the Isenheim Altarpiece.  Another O’Malley in the sale is a radiant view of hawks over a cornfield made when he was becoming an increasingly confident artist.  Hawks Searching Corn dates to 1968.

    Colin Middleton salutes Gauguin in an intensely coloured sun baked landscape from 1953.  Castle Park is estimated at €20,000-€30,000. Keith Haring’s Best Buddies (1990), a silkscreen numbered 134 out of 200, is estimated at 50,000-70,000.  River Crabs by world renowned Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, a papercut from an edition of 250, is estimated at €3,000-€5,000.  Andy Warhols Marilyn, published by Castelli Graphics, New York as an invitation to ‘Warhol – A Print Retrospective 1963-1981’ has an estimate of €4,000-€6,000.There is work by Louis le Brocquy, Hughie O’Donoghue, George Campbell, Sean McSweeney, Dan O’Neill, Jack B Yeats, Power O’Malley, Letitia Hamilton, Neil Shawcross, John Shinnors, May Guinness, John Doherty, Gwen O’Dowd, John Behan, Edward Delaney and F E McWilliam.There is Easter viewing in Skibbereen today, tomorrow and Monday and at the Minerva Suite at the RDS from next Friday until 4 pm on April 25. 


    Friday, April 29th, 2016

    The art and antiques sale by Dolan’s in Rosslare on May 1 kicks off with a limited edition colour print by Robert Ballagh entitled My Studio 1969.  One of an edition of 75 it is estimated at 500 to 800.  Kelly’s Hotel in Rosslare is the venue for this auction of more than 300 lots.  The emphasis is on art, but there sale features a selection of reasonably estimated rugs, small antique furniture pieces, silver and collectible objects.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection.

    Robert Ballagh - My Studio 1969 (500-800)

    Robert Ballagh – My Studio 1969 (500-800)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 600 AT HAMMER

    Kenneth Webb - Sweet Pea, profusion of colour (2,800-3,200)

    Kenneth Webb – Sweet Pea, profusion of colour (2,800-3,200)   UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    Markey Robinson - Clown Juggling (800-1,000)

    Markey Robinson – Clown Juggling (800-1,000)   UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 1,200

    A Victorian walnut duet music stand (800-1,000)

    A Victorian walnut duet music stand (800-1,000)  UPDATE:  THIS WAS UNSOLD

    A William IV reading table (100-200).

    A William IV reading table (100-200).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 11O