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  1. 1. The Modern Irish Art Collection Athlone Institute of Technology
  2. 2. The Modern Irish Art Collection Athlone Institute of Technology Catalogue compiled by Kate Bateman and Harman Murtagh Athlone Institute of Technology Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Bhaile Átha Luain
  3. 3. First published in 1996 by Athlone Regional Technical College Athlone Ireland Second edition published in 2000 by Athlone Institute of Technology Athlone Ireland © Athlone Institute of Technology All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior permission of the publishers. ISBN 0-9528142-0-X Front cover: Brian Ferran: Colmcille Theme 12 Back cover: John Behan: Maeve’s army Photographs by Brian Redmond AIPPA, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary and Joe O’Sullivan LIPPA, Tullamore, Co. Offaly Designed & printed by Premiere Print telephone 01 839 4376
  4. 4. List of artists and illustrations four Acknowledgements six Abbreviations six Preface by the Director of Athlone Institute of Technology seven Foreword by Her Excellency President Mary McAleese eight Introduction nine Catalogue to the collection twelve Contents
  5. 5. four Robert Ballagh Print of Delacroix 13 Maree Bannon Rainstorm over Blackwater Bog 14 Jayne Barry Tomatoes 15 John Behan Maeve’s army 16 Fish 16 Moya Bligh Surfaces B 17 Brian Bourke La bella barmaid I 18 Deborah Brown Fibreglass form painted yellow on black 19 George Campbell Samurai 20 Tom Carr Snowscene 21 Michael Casey Bird of the wide and sweeping wing/thy home is high in heaven 22 Carey Clarke June morning Bourgougnague Lot et Garonne 23 Petronelle Clifton-Browne Regatta at Dromineer 24 Barrie Cooke Sleeping figure 25 Vicki Crowley Setanta hurling 26 Jack Cudworth Iveagh Stores 27 Michael Cullen Lovers in Las Vegas 28 Rosaleen Davey Box 29 Maternity 29 Gerald Davis Thaw 30 Off Baltimore 30 John Doherty Angles 31 Richard Dwyer Dun Laoghaire dawn 32 Felim Egan Shoreline (g) 33 Trees 33 Maura Farrell Evening interiors 34 Interiors 34 Michael Farrell Storm in a teacup 35 The little tent of blue that sometimes prisoners call the sky 35 L’alcoll de serpent 35 Brian Ferran Colmcille theme 12 36 Mike Fitzharris Beggar 37 Barry Fitzpatrick Street scene 38 Paul Funge No regrets Mr Funge no. 8 39 Zamora 39 Dr David Fenton 39 Martin Gale The artichoke window 40 Outback 40 Armchair traveller 40 Neil Gall Construction 41 List of Artists and Illustrations
  6. 6. five Terence Gayer Sojourn 42 Mitsy Gerson Power cut 43 Hop 43 Alice Berger Hammerschlag Silent emergence 44 James Hanley After Duchamp 45 Alice Hanratty Still life with bottles 46 Charles Harper Heliocentric timespot 47 Castigatory 47 Ossessione 47 Patrick Harris Nude back study 48 Evelyn Healy Looking west 49 A summer day: Dooega, Achill, Co Mayo 49 Patrick Hickey Three more pomegranates 50 Declan Holloway Etching 51 Niamh Keenan The Baily Court Hotel, Howth 52 Bewley’s Café, Mary Street 52 Desmond Kinney Horseracing 53 John Kirwan Low-light mist, Achill 54 Anne Rigney Lally Woman 55 Being 55 Alone 55 Nancy Larchet A preponderance of poppies 56 Ramie Leahy Plesiosaurus 57 Anna Marie Leavy Seasons in Ireland 58 Louis le Brocquy Study towards an image of W.B. Yeats: no. 26 59 Untitled the Táin 59 James Joyce 60 Thomas Kinsella 60 Seamus Heaney 60 John Montague 60 John Millington Synge 61 William Butler Yeats 61 Francis Stuart 61 Samuel Beckett 61 Hector McDonnell Old woman Katale Camp Zaire 62 Mother/baby Katale Camp 62 Eileen McDonagh Allegory stone 1991 63 Maurice MacGonigal Currachs Connemara 64 Margo McNulty Rediscovering childhood 65 Slip 65 Tony Magner Cipher 66 Amanda Maguire The Bronx 67 Joan Mallon The wooing, the waiting and the doing 68 Colin Middleton Birds on wire 69 Hazel Moore Taboo 70 Brendan Neiland Cumulus 71 Noelle Noonan Untitled 72 The diviner 72 Pulse 72 Simon O’Donnell Miltonfriedmania 73 David Oliver Libération 74 Tony O’Malley Obair gan ainm 75 Raymond Piper Seated nude 76 Jane Proctor Nest 77 Patrick Pye Del verbo divino 78 The entombment II 78 Padraic Reaney Waiting for Indian corn II 79 Chris Reid Yesterday’s todays 80 Noreen Rice Which way, which day 81 Thomas Ryan Snowy road at home 82 Vincent Sheridan Corvids I 83 Constance Short Noughts and crosses 84 Louis Sinclair Five seagulls 85 Donal Teskey Polling day 86 Manus Walsh Musicians 87 Judith Caulfield Walshe Untitled 88 Sheila Walton-Hough Gerry Gray 89 Joe Wilson The plate fights back 90 Anne Yeats Landscape seen from plane II 91
  7. 7. Acknowledgements Abbreviations Assistance in the preparation of this catalogue has been generously given by George McCaw, Paul Funge, Muireann O’Connell, Eileen Black, Paula Campbell, Padraic Dolan, Brid Dukes, Ciaran MacGonigal, John Taylor, Brian Fallon, Edward Murphy and the library staff of the National College of Art and Design, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and many individual artists. DIT Dublin Institute of Technology IELA Irish Exhibition of Living Art IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art IT Institute of Technology NCAD National College of Art and Design Dublin OPW Office of Public Works RA Royal Academy RHA Royal Hibernian Academy RIAI Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland RUA Royal Ulster Academy TCD Trinity College Dublin UCD University College Dublin WCSI Water Colour Society of Ireland six
  8. 8. seven Athlone Institute of Technology is proud to publish this second edition of the catalogue of its modern Irish art collection to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the foundation of the Institute. The collection of artworks owned by or on long-term loan to the Institute comprises works by many twentieth-century Irish and non-Irish artists. From the outset the Institute recognised the need to introduce the visual arts to its stark modern interior and thus the collection has been developed through purchases, loans, donations and the commissioning of new works. The collection has enriched the Institute’s ambience, as a place of work for staff and students, and also serves to welcome the Institute’s many visitors. We are honoured that Her Excellency President Ms Mary McAleese has contributed a foreword for this edition. I am grateful to Dr Harman Murtagh, Ms Kate Bateman and the staff of the Institute’s Quality Assurance Office for their work in the preparation of this publication. Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin Director Athlone Institute of Technology Preface
  9. 9. eight Foreword I am delighted to have this opportunity to introduce the second edition of the catalogue of Athlone Institute of Technology’s modern Irish art collection. The first thirty years of the Institute’s existence have coincided with an awakening of visual awareness throughout Irish society which is probably without precedent in our history. More artists are at work, and more art is on public exhibition and in private collections than ever before. Leading Irish artists are beginning to narrow the lead enjoyed by Irish poets and other writers in terms of international recognition - and rightly so. The Institutes of Technology are one of the great success stories of modern Irish education. They have been a major conduit for transmitting the values and skills of the modern business and technological world to their regions. They have educated, and re- educated, significant numbers of the workforce responsible for the transformation of the Irish economy. The quality and extent of Athlone Institute of Technology’s collection of modern art shows a recognition of the centrality of art, no less than technology, to the expression of civilisation. The Institute has a clear understanding of the capacity of art to challenge and enrich the users of major public spaces. The monks of Clonmacnoise, the great medieval centre of learning and culture in the midlands, would surely have approved! Many of Ireland’s best-known artists are represented in the Institute’s collection, including, I am particularly pleased to note, a number from my native province of Ulster. The openness of access to the Institute means that the art collection can be enjoyed by the public as much as by staff and students. In this way it is a major cultural asset to the midlands as a whole. Athlone Institute of Technology’s capacity to accept innovation and change in art mirrors its response to the rapid pace of modern technological advance. I congratulate those who have formed the collection, and I hope its expansion will continue. Mary McAleese President of Ireland
  10. 10. nine Introduction Athlone Institute of Technology, then known as the Regional Technical College Athlone, opened in 1970 as one of a network of new institutions for the provision of tertiary technological education in Ireland. Initially under County Westmeath Vocational Education Committee, it became an autonomous institution in 1993. The Institute is sited on a landscaped campus on the eastern perimeter of Athlone. Its functional building is a potent symbol of change in an Ireland impatient for knowledge, training and education. The original two-storey, purpose-built structure has been greatly extended to cater for increases both in student numbers, and in the range and level of courses. The interior of the building is stark. Laboratories, lecture halls, seminar rooms and workshops lead off long, pale corridors lit through aluminium-framed windows. Exposed conduits supply the interior strip lighting and other utilities. The extensive unplastered concrete-block walls offer an ideal hanging space, which is particularly hospitable to contemporary art. As creativity and the capacity to conceptualise are equally inherent in the impulses of arts and science, students of both disciplines are susceptible to order, beauty and the aesthetic principle. With these ideas in mind, the Institute embarked on a conscious art- purchasing policy in 1975. The establishment of the Arts Council Joint Purchasing Scheme in the mid- 1970s was a major boost to the Institute’s acquisition programme. From the initial purchase of ten works the Institute’s collection has now grown to over a hundred paintings and sculptures by modern artists, and it is hoped to continue its expansion in the future. The principal purchasing officer throughout has been Dr Harman Murtagh, assisted initially by Ms Marlene Armstrong, both of the School of Business, Management and General Studies. Dr Murtagh, who is also the curator of the collection, has been responsible for the hanging of pictures and siting of sculptures. The collection includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Many works were purchased from the Arts Council’s own collection, and some at exhibitions such as those of the Royal Hibernian Academy, the Water Colour Society of Ireland and the National Maternity Hospital. Others were purchased from galleries, including Riverrun, Taylor, Lincoln, Artworld and Eakin. A few were acquired directly from the artist. The sculpture Allegory Stone 1991 by Eileen McDonagh and the portraits, Dr. Harman Murtagh Curator, Institute Art Collection
  11. 11. ten Dr David Fenton by Paul Funge and Gerry Gray by Sheila Walton-Hough, were commissioned. Some works are held on permanent loan, but in general it is the policy of the Institute to buy, rather than borrow or seek donations from artists. Works are purchased within the constraints of a limited budget from the Institute’s own resources. Additional funding has come from several sources. Forty works were acquired with the assistance of the Arts Council whose approval was a valuable monitor of ‘quality control’, especially in the early days. The council’s successive visual arts officers - Oliver Dowling, Paula McCarthy, Patrick Murphy, John Hunt, Medb Ruane and Sarah Finlay - have been unfailingly supportive, as was the late Dr Máire de Paor, while a council member. Half the funding for Allegory Stone 1991,the sculpture commissioned to mark the twenty-first anniversary of the Institute, was the generous contribution of Élan Corporation plc, the Athlone-based pharmaceutical company. The Bank of Ireland Group generously funded the acquisition of Fish by John Behan in 1999. A tremendously encouraging gesture has been the presentation by the Institute’s Students’ Union of two works, La bella barmaid I by Brian Bourke and Taboo by Hazel Moore, a graduate of the Institute. Mr Richard Whitington and Ms Tina O’Hara have kindly given works on indefinite loan to the Institute. More than a score of local business and professional organisations presented the portrait Dr David Fenton to mark the twenty-fifth year of the sitter’s tenure of office as Institute Principal/Director. Dr Fenton, while Director, and his successors, Mr James Coyle and Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, have fully supported the development of the collection. Caretaker Mr Shay McDermott contributes skill, commitment and sometimes ingenuity to the physical task of securing the pictures to the walls, very much in the spirit of his predecessor, the late Mr Michael O’Connor. The impulse behind the creation and development of the collection is to exhibit a broad selection of modern, mainly Irish, artists working in a variety of media. Louis le Brocquy, Barrie Cooke, Martin Gale, Colin Middleton, Felim Egan, Tony O’Malley, John Behan and Paul Funge are amongst many well-known names represented, as are established ‘midlanders’ such as Michael Casey, Maree Bannon and Anne Rigney Lally. The Institute is not a gallery, but a place of work and study for 4,000 people. The art collection is methodically integrated into this bustling and crowded environment. The sculptures and many of the pictures were acquired for specific locations, and choice was dictated not alone by aesthetic merit, although this remained the
  12. 12. eleven overriding factor, but also to some extent by such mundane considerations as size, shape, mounting behind glass (frequently a negative quality in a building with a great deal of window light), security factors and dominant pigment. Generally larger pictures have been preferred to smaller, and bolder expressions to more subtle statements. In the early years of the collection, with so much wall to fill, it was felt that the maximum impact could be made by focusing the art on the areas of most frequent concourse. Now, however, with the growth of the collection, most parts of the Institute have at least some works on exhibition. The need to increase density in those areas only modestly served so far is the main priority for the immediate future. A secondary objective is the acquisition of further works of sculpture for the exterior landscape and the planned student village. The midlands is a thinly populated region of provincial Ireland, and Athlone, predominantly a military and industrial town, is not especially noted for an aesthetic tradition. In the mid-1970s the arts did not enjoy their current preeminence in Irish life, nor did they attract today’s level of support from industry and commerce. Initial response to the formation of the collection, even within the Institute, was therefore somewhat muted, but there was no hostility to the concept, and in time the collection has come to be appreciated as part of the Institute’s identity and philosophy. There is considerable interest in new acquisitions and even an element of competition about securing them for particular locations. In choosing work, no single genre is accorded dominance. The collection is eclectic with representational pictures taking their place beside more challenging symbolic and abstract works. Visitors to the Institute have been generous in their praise of the collection. The principal purpose of the original catalogue was to bring its existence to the notice of a wider public. The second edition will continue to meet that objective, as well as updating the record by including twenty-seven new works that have been added in the past five years. The catalogue is alphabetically arranged, according to the surname of each artist, with a short biography, accompanied by illustrations of all his/her work in the collection. Dimensions of paintings, drawings and prints are given in centimetres, height before width. Sculpture: height before width before depth. Generally the dates provided with the art works are of execution. In some cases, where this has been unascertainable, the date given is that of acquisition.
  13. 13. twelve Catalogue to the Collection
  14. 14. thirteen Robert Ballagh b. Dublin, 1943. Studied architecture at DIT. Recognised for his imaginative and hyper-realistic renderings of well-known literary, historical and established figures. Began painting 1966 as assistant to Michael Farrell, then working in hard- edged abstractions. Represented Ireland in Paris Biennale 1969, soon becoming one of Ireland’s most regarded painters. Evolved from abstraction to figuration in the form of heavily outlined pastiches of Goya, Delacroix, Poussin and Ingres. Social commitment and comment, humour, wit, parody and pastiche, together with literary and artistic allusions, are other features of his work. Produced stage designs for much lauded plays and shows including Riverdance. Postage-stamp and currency designer. Member of Aosdána. Several one-man shows in Dublin, Britain and France. Rosc 80. Retrospectives Sweden 1983, Dublin 1992. Lit: Ciaran Carty, Robert Ballagh (Dublin 1986). PRINTOFDELACROIX 1971 lithograph 48 x 62 cm purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council
  15. 15. fourteen Maree Bannon b. Athlone. Graduated in painting from NCAD 1978. Used mixed media to depict landscape as central to human existence in her Clonfinlough series, in which her ‘images grow from direct experience but her spectrum is wide. Her long grasses form an inextricable pattern with lowering skies, which open up with heavy showers of graphite’ (Hilary Pyle). Has exhibited in Galway Arts Centre, Athlone, Claremorris, Limerick University and as part of Trees of life travelling exhibition in Royal Hospital Kilmainham. A new series of work traces her journey with Amnesty International members and a small group of artists to the borders of former Yugoslavia 1993. Has recently developed a studio close to Rindoon in south Roscommon, a locality rich in archaeological and historical significance. RAINSTORM OVER BLACKWATER BOG 1993 mixed media on paper 155 x 143 cms purchased: artist 1994
  16. 16. fifteen Jayne Barry b. Cork, 1959. Self-taught. Began painting professionally 1988. Subject matter varies considerably, and will accept a commission ‘on just about anything’. WCSI 1994. Works mainly in watercolour, but also in acrylic and pen and ink; her collages and etching are mostly in zinc. Many of her watercolours are still lifes with attention to light and shade. A three-dimensional effect is achieved by a deliberate build up of colour. Solo exhibitions in Kinsale 1990/2. Several commissions for industrial and commercial collections. Has exhibited and sold at RHA, Solomon Galleries Dublin and Lavit’s Quay Gallery Cork. Work in private collections in UK, mainland Europe, USA and Ireland. Won award for outstanding work at the WCSI Exhibition Dublin 1999. TOMATOES 1994 watercolour 28 x 32 cms purchased: WCSI 1994
  17. 17. sixteen John Behan b. Dublin, 1938. Studied in Dublin, London and Oslo. Sculptor, mainly in bronze and also recently in aluminium and steel. ‘His work is partly surrealist and partly in the formalist “truth to material” tradition of F.E. McWilliam and Edward Delaney’ (Cyril Barrett). His themes focus on mythological subjects, European as well as Irish, family, birds and beasts. After ten years of work based on preoccupations with the Táin he has returned from the heroic to the human dimension with recent bronze studies of the seaboard people of the west of Ireland. Founder member of Project Arts Centre 1967; founder and co-director of Dublin Art Foundry 1967; member of Arts Council 1973-8, Member of Aosdána RHA 1990. Exhibited in all major Irish Exhibitions from 1960. Commissions include major corporate sculptures, religious sculptures and work for US collections. Lit: H Murphy, John Behan: Sculpture and drawings (Dublin 1969). MAEVE’S ARMY 1994 bronze 92 x 34 x 34 cms purchased: RHA 1995 FISH 1999 Steel 160 x 272 x 112 cms purchased: artist 1999
  18. 18. seventeen Moya Bligh b. Kilkenny. Educated NCAD. Now lives in Japan where she normally exhibits. Has had a solo exhibition in Dublin and also been represented in group shows. Work part of permanent collection at Butler Gallery Kilkenny. SURFACES B 1987 lithograph 40 x 52 cms purchased: Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin 1996
  19. 19. eighteen Brian Bourke b. Dublin, 1936. Educated NCAD and St Martin’s School of Art London. Has lived in Galway since mid-1970s. Expressionist studies of rugged Connemara landscape comprised much of his early work. Later work concentrated on portraiture, including humorous self-portraits. Chosen to represent Ireland in the 1965 Paris Biennale, the Lugano Exhibition of Graphics and Rosc 88. Member of Aosdána. Major retrospective exhibitions Galway 1988 and Royal Hospital Kilmainham 1989. Has also exhibited in Germany, Switzerland, UK and USA, as well as throughout Ireland. Numerous articles and books have been written about the work of the artist. Represented in major public and private collections. LA BELLA BARMAID I 1994 acrylic on paper 76 x 56 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1997 presented by the Students’ Union, Athlone Institute of Technology
  20. 20. nineteen Deborah Browne b. Belfast, 1927. Studied in Sidney Smith’s studio Belfast and later at NCAD. Worked in Paris and had her first one-woman show in Belfast 1959. Evolved from abstract expressionism to reliefs, and in mid-sixties began to make the three-dimensional free- standing work in glass fibre for which she is perhaps best known. Rosc 80 Cork and Rosc 84 Dublin. FIBREGLASS FORM PAINTED YELLOW ON BLACK 1967 painted fibreglass on board 213 x 60 x 17 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council
  21. 21. twenty George Campbell b. Arklow Co. Wicklow, 1917, d. 1980. Largely self-taught painter and stained-glass artist from a well-known family of artists. Co-founded Irish Exhibition of Living Art 1943. Worked in Belfast with Gerard Dillon where he exhibited and won first prize in the Open Painting Exhibition 1962. RHA 1964. Douglas Hyde Medal 1966. For many years divided time between London and Malaga Spain before returning to Ireland. His work is characterised by its rhythm and harmonious blend of colour, light and shade. Subjects include landscapes, still lifes and abstract compositions. Best remembered for powerful images of his paintings and drawings made in Spain. Exhibitions in Dublin, Belfast, New York, Boston, London, Gibraltar, Malaga and Capetown. Work in many leading public and private collections. SAMURAI 1976 oil on canvas 91 x 75 cms purchased: Arts Council 1983 joint ownership with Arts Council
  22. 22. twenty one Tom Carr b. Belfast, 1909, d. 1999. From a prosperous Belfast family. Educated in England at public school and at the Slade School London, returning to Northern Ireland in 1939. Lived first at Newcastle Co. Down, and subsequently at Belfast, where he taught for a time at the College of Art. Awarded the RUA gold medal 1973 and the Oireachtas landscape award 1976. Honorary member of RHA. A representational painter of children, snow scenes and the countryside. Superb brushwork and mystery of handling paint are best shown in his watercolours. Exhibited Caldwell Gallery Belfast. Lit: John Hewitt and Mike Catto, Art in Ulster (Belfast 1991). SNOWSCENE 1974 watercolour 54 x 75 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council
  23. 23. twenty two Michael Casey b. Lanesborough Co Longford, 1932. Worked and travelled in UK and North America where the redwood country of north California had a particular fascination for him. Now lives in Newtowncashel on the shores of Lough Ree. A self- taught sculptor, he works with bogwood - pine, oak and yew. The forms are persuaded to reveal themselves; shapes in effect emerge from the wood displaying their lines and light. Since 1982 has exhibited his work in arts weeks, group and solo shows. One-man show in Galway and exhibition at Düsseldorf Irish Week 1994. Major works in public places, and also represented in many collections, public and private. BIRD OF THE WIDE AND SWEEPING WING/THY HOME IS HIGH IN HEAVEN 1996 bog yew 333 x 180 x 110 cms purchased: artist 1996
  24. 24. twenty three Carey Clarke b. 1936. Studied painting at NCAD where he subsequently taught painting and drawing until 1995. President RHA 1992-6 and honorary member RA. A highly accomplished painter of portraits, still life and landscape whose brilliant techniques provide ‘a calm and lucid ordering of the world made visible, which having been noted the artist moves on, marking, describing, observing...He delineates that which he sees, calmly and methodically, just as a medieval painter might have done; without comment, political or social...rounded, noted, [and] offered back for the viewer’s approval’ (Ciarán MacGonigal). Has held a number of solo exhibitions and exhibited in many group shows, including the Florence Biennale 2000. Winner of numerous national awards and represented in major Irish public and private collections. JUNE MORNING BOURGOUGNAGUE LOT ET GARONNE 1997 oil on canvas 75 x 63 cms purchased: RHA 1998
  25. 25. twenty four Petronelle Clifton-Browne b. Co. Tipperary, 1941. Trained as a Froebel teacher specialising in art and attended evening classes at NCAD. Now lives on a farm in Tipperary. WCSI 1967. Her themes are mainly landscape and animals, but she also paints buildings and monuments in pen, ink and watercolour. Selected exhibitions and local shows at Fethard, Moyglass and Cashel. REGATTA AT DROMINEER 1994 watercolour 25 x 34 cms purchased: WCSI 1994
  26. 26. twenty five Barrie Cooke b. Cheshire UK, 1931. Educated at Harvard University and studied painting at Skowhegan USA. In Ireland since 1954. Paints in semi-abstract expressionist style. ‘Barrie Cooke is most often associated with very strong large- scale works in which the predominant elements are flow and surge of water in his beloved streams and lakes and in the exuberance of growth and change in the countryside which surrounds him’ (Neil Monaghan). A parallel activity has been the creation of ‘boxes’ - perspex boxes containing arrangements of real and artificially created bone fragments. A visually stunning exhibition Boxes: ten years in Kilkenny Castle 1981. First exhibition in New York 1950. Represented Ireland at Paris Biennale 1963. Joint retrospective with Camille Souter in Dublin 1971. Rosc 71 and 84. First prize IELA 1980. Member of Aosdána. Featured in many major collections. Illustrations for Ted Hughes and also Seamus Heaney’s Bog poems (1975). SLEEPING FIGURE 1964 oil on canvas 120 x 153 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council
  27. 27. twenty six Vicki Crowley b. Malta, 1940. Educated Malta and England. After training in architectural drawing, travelled extensively in mainland Europe and Africa before settling in Galway in 1970. Works in oils, pastels and pigment on silk. Solo exhibitions in Galway, Killarney, Sligo, Kilcock, Tuam and Connemara reflect a preoccupation with myths and dreams. Exhibited in Brussels, Trieste, Brazil, Tenerife, Malta, Muscat and Oman. Her painting/wall hangings included in public and private collections worldwide. Collection of poems Oasis in a sea of dust, which she also illustrated, published in 1992. SETANTA HURLING 1995 painting on silk 58 x 42 cms purchased: Artworld Gallery Athlone 1996
  28. 28. twenty seven Jack Cudworth b. Leeds UK, 1930. Studied at Leeds College of Art. Has lived in Dublin since 1953, working as designer/ illustrator for various advertising agencies. Also co-leader, on clarinet, of the Butler-Fox jazz band. He is ‘in love with his materials...delighting in the manipulation of paint to reproduce the different sheen of leaf and underleaf, the crisp edge of the petal to set before us the scene just as it is’ (Ray Rosenfield). His work widely admired and collected by fellow artists. He exhibited in RA, RHA, RSA and galleries in Europe and America. Close association with Caldwell Gallery Belfast. IVEAGH STORES 1979 oil on board 29 x 34 cms purchased: Arts Council 1979 joint ownership with Arts Council
  29. 29. twenty eight Michael Cullen b. Wicklow, 1946. Educated at Central School of Art and Design London and NCAD. Has spent various periods living and working abroad in Spain, Morocco, USA, Mexico and Berlin. Now lives and works in Dublin. Member of Aosdána. ‘His paintings strike me as an expression of dissociation, of the limbo of our pathological fear of living, of the light and colour which has for so long been separated-off and banished from the everyday of Irish life, the mosaic underneath the dark self-portrait of a grey family’ (John Waters). Solo exhibitions in Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Group shows in Dublin, London, New York, Brussels, Amsterdam and Berlin. Represented in many leading public collections including IMMA, OPW, Berlin Senate, AIB and Contemporary Art Society. LOVERS IN LAS VEGAS 1997 carborundum print (6 of 12) 58 x 68 cms purchased: Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin 1997
  30. 30. twenty nine Rosaleen Davey b. Belfast, 1947. Studied at Belfast College of Art and Leeds University. Administrative and research assistant National Gallery London 1971-5. Work is often described as enigmatic, but probably a more perceptive description is ‘philosophical painting, in love with visual knowledge’ (Brian Lynch). Member of Aosdána. Has had four solo exhibitions at Caldwell Gallery Belfast and also a solo exhibition at RIAI Dublin 1995. Group exhibitions include RHA, and also in Limerick, Cork and Claremorris. Work represented in several major Irish public collections, and in private collections in Ireland, UK, USA, Germany and Australia. BOX 1989 pastel on paper 50 x 38 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1990 joint ownership with Arts Council MATERNITY 1994 pastel on paper 50 x 42 cms purchased: Holles Street Hospital exhibition 1994
  31. 31. thirty Gerald Davis b. Dublin, 1938. Studied art at NCAD at night while acting in the Pike Theatre. Later, as a ‘mature’ student, studied art history and literature at TCD. First solo exhibition in Dublin 1961; has since exhibited throughout Ireland, and in UK and USA. As painter/entrepreneur opened gallery in Capel Street Dublin 1970. Douglas Hyde Gold Medal 1977. ‘The strange, dark, ancestral spectres which inhabit the constantly changing light of the landscapes of Gerald Davis remind one of those tragicomic voyagers who travel the world of Jewish artists in whatever medium’ (Wolf Mankowitz). Represented in many private and public collections including Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery Dublin, Crawford Gallery Cork, and Limerick University. THAW 1976 oil on canvas 50 x 60 cms purchased: Lincoln Gallery Dublin 1981 joint ownership with Arts Council OFF BALTIMORE 1991 oil on canvas 75 x 100 cms purchased: Holles Street Hospital exhibition 1994
  32. 32. John Doherty b. Kilkenny, 1949. Studied architecture at Dublin Institute of Technology 1968-73. Subsequently lived in Sydney Australia. His painting has been described as ‘photo-realist’ and ‘new realist’. Uses acrylic on canvas. Irish paintings include panoramic rural landscapes, views of decaying buildings and representations of shopfronts. Australian paintings depict man in the urban landscape. Exhibited many times in Australia in one-man and group shows, and in Taylor Galleries Dublin. thirty one ANGLES 1978 acrylic on canvas 57 x 77 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1981 joint ownership with Arts Council
  33. 33. DUN LAOGHAIRE DAWN 1978 watercolour 12 x 53 cms purchased: Arts Council 1978 joint ownership with Arts Council Richard Dwyer thirty two b. Ballinasloe Co. Galway, 1939. Won government scholarship to NCAD where awarded Diploma in Painting. WCSI 1977. Lives in Dublin. Uses a variety of media; landscapes are generally in watercolour, with figurative work in mixed media and abstract in oils. Selected exhibitions: RHA, Oireachtas, Pantheon Gallery Dublin, Gallerie 6650 Homburg-Schwarzenacker Germany, MacAlister’s Gallery Dublin.
  34. 34. Felim Egan b. Strabane Co. Tyrone, 1952. Educated Ulster Polytechnic Belfast, Slade School of Fine Art London and British School Rome. Solo exhibitions in Dublin, London, Cologne, Edinburgh, Boston and IMMA touring exhibition. Group exhibitions include Rosc 84, Tate Gallery London, Paris and Sao Paulo Biennales. Won Premier UNESCO prize for the Arts in Paris 1993. Outstanding abstractionist from the younger generation of Irish artists who has experimented with sculptural form in a variety of media, including neon, pure painting, bronze and painted wood. His quiet, restrained paintings, usually in muted colours, ‘exhibit a fusion of the contemporary with the prehistoric, the ultra-modern with the age-old, the space-age united with cave-painting’ (Alistair Smith). Work represented in many leading collections including the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, IMMA, Ulster Museum, Arts Council, European Parliament and OPW. Elected member of Aosdána in 1986. thirty three SHORELINE (G) 1996 mixed media on panel 75 x 75 cms purchased: Kerlin Gallery Dublin 1996 TREES 1997 lithograph (22 of 30) 42 x 30 cms purchased: Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin 1997
  35. 35. Maura Farrell b. Athlone Co Westmeath. Interested in arts and crafts from childhood. Member Athlone Arts Group. Works in watercolour and acrylic. Main subjects are landscapes, interiors and flowers. thirty four EVENING INTERIORS 1996 watercolour 31 x 24 cms purchased: artist 1996 INTERIORS 1997 watercolour 25 x 25 cms purchased: artist 1998
  36. 36. Michael Farrell b. Kells Co Meath, 1940, d. 2000. An original artist of traditional skills, passionate concerns and fertile imagination. Works in series which, seen as a whole, show continual, often radical, transformations. Moved from figuration to abstraction (hard edge) and back to figuration (with a fluid style). Amongst best-known are the Presse series of the early 1970s, in which he found his first vehicles for expressing his wit and political concerns, and the Miss O’Murphy series of the late 1970’s - including, as he claimed, the first real Irish political picture. Studied at St Martin’s College of Art London and Colchester College of Art 1957-61. Won several scholarships and prestigious international awards including laureate as Irish representative at the Paris Biennale 1967 and gold medal at the Third Graphics Biennale Florence 1972. After winning a Carroll’s Prize at IELA Cork 1967, he declared: ‘art is above politics but not humanity’. Lived in Paris for most of the 1970s and in Australia for part of the 1980s. Member of Aosdána. One-man exhibitions at Paris, Munich, Dublin and The Hague. Mid-term retrospective Douglas Hyde Gallery Dublin 1979 coincided with publication of an authoritative monograph on his work by the critic Cyril Barrett. Exhibited Taylor Galleries Dublin. thirty five STORM IN A TEACUP 1977 lithograph (3 of 15) 49 x 64 cms purchased: Arts Council 1978 joint ownership with Arts Council THE LITTLE TENT OF BLUE THAT SOMETIMES PRISONERS CALL THE SKY 1979 lithograph (5 of 100) 74 x 66 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1979 joint ownership with Arts Council L’ALCOLL DE SERPENT 1985 watercolour 90 x 63 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1986 joint ownership with Arts Council
  37. 37. Brian Ferran b. Derry, 1940. Trained and worked as an art teacher, before graduating in art history from the Courtauld Institute London. In a style that just falls short of total abstraction, his intense use of colour has echoes of the great illuminated manuscripts of Early Christian Ireland. His ‘continuing preoccupation with the Táin and Irish mythology...and with contemporary tribal manifestations bestow on his oeuvre an impressive coherence’ (Michael Longley). Numerous solo exhibitions in Ireland and north America and has exhibited in group shows in Ireland, Britain and mainland Europe. Work in many public and private collections. Has won several prestigious awards. Currently chief executive of Arts Council of Northern Ireland where he has had an impressive administrative and publications record. COLMCILLE THEME 12 1999 acrylic on canvas 76 x 76 cms purchased: RHA 1999 thirty six
  38. 38. Mike Fitzharris b. Limerick, 1952. Educated at Limerick School of Art and Hochschule für Bilden Kunst Berlin. A teacher for several years, but is now a full-time artist. Much of his work is grounded in landscape. Paint is usually scratched into the surface and lines and shapes swirl as if controlled by natural forces. He favours rich Mediterranean hues. Has received several national awards and grants. Has had solo exhibitions in Ireland and France, and exhibited in many group shows in Ireland, UK, Belgium and Canada. Represented in a growing number of public collections throughout Ireland. BEGGAR 1997 oil 28 x 38 cms purchased: RHA 1997 thirty seven
  39. 39. Barry Fitzpatrick b. Waterford, 1969. Full-time painter who frequently works at night. Work influenced by Francis Bacon. Has had one successful solo exhibition at Dyehouse Gallery Waterford, and also participated in several group shows. Represented in several public and private collections in Waterford. thirty eight STREET SCENE 2000 oil on paper 82 x 56 cms purchased: RHA 2000
  40. 40. Paul Funge b. Gorey Co. Wexford, 1944. Educated NCAD and Accademia de Belli Arti Florence. Works in oils, acrylics and water. Strong spatial and figurative sense has earned him a high reputation as a landscapist and portraitist. Has exhibited in the Project Arts Centre, of which he is a founder director, the Arts Club, the Hallward Gallery and major group shows, as well as in Amsterdam, Santa Barbara California, and various cities in Spain, which he regards as his spiritual home. Major retrospective Drogheda 1995. Is a distinguished art educationalist who has lectured in NCAD and universities in California and Amsterdam. Founder and director of the Gorey Arts Centre/Festival, a milestone in the development of the arts outside Dublin. His paintings are ‘full of jazz, Hockney-ish modernisms and in general the swinging (and sometimes boring) scene. They have a casual and almost improvised look’ (Brian Fallon). Lit: ‘Nice one Mr Funge’ by Aidan Dunne in In Dublin (April 1980); author of A perspective on art (Seapol Books 1967). thirty nine NO REGRETS MR FUNGE NO. 8 1983 watercolour 76 x 56 cms purchased: Lincoln Gallery Dublin 1984 joint ownership with Arts Council ZAMORA 1994 oil on canvas 94 x 122 cms purchased: Drogheda Arts Centre 1994 DR DAVID FENTON 1995 oil on paper 59 x 47 cms purchased: artist 1995
  41. 41. Martin Gale b. Worcester UK, 1949. Reared in Ireland. A new realist who paints landscapes and people in landscapes, sometimes focusing on the most ordinary subject matter ‘in a kind of super colour photography’ and in meticulous detail. In these works, always superbly executed, there are ‘hints of psychological tension or mystery. Favours the close tones and clear outlines of the Irish landscape in winter and has a special feeling for its mixture of harshness and intimacy’ (Brian Fallon). Frequently employs to great effect the old realist device of placing something close-up in the foreground. Member of RHA and Aosdána. Irish representative at the Paris Biennale 1980. Work selected from this exhibition subsequently toured Portugal and Finland. Arts Council touring exhibition Family and friends 1981 and Sense of Ireland Festival London. Exhibits Taylor Galleries Dublin. forty ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER 1992 oil on canvas 122 x 122 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1993 OUTBACK 1980 oil on canvas 122 x 122 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1981 joint ownership with Arts Council THE ARTICHOKE WINDOW 1975 oil on canvas 91 x 61 cms purchased: Arts Council 1978 joint ownership with Arts Council
  42. 42. Neil Gall b. Scotland, 1967. Studied at Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen, Slade School of Art London and British School Rome. Employs architectural photographs all through the painting process, using the illusory space, but painting in a flat, direct manner. His paintings are neither abstract nor figurative, but ultimately an emotive experience. CONSTRUCTION 1998 oil on canvas 240 x 240 cms on loan from Mr Richard Whitington forty one
  43. 43. Terence Gayer b. 1924. Studied at Limerick College of Art and Design and NCAD, where he afterwards lectured. Elected to WCSI 1961. Selected exhibitions: RHA, Oireachtas, Independent Artists. Fine-print exhibitions in India, Italy, Norway, Switzerland and USA. forty two SOJOURN 1995 watercolour 104 x 29 cms purchased: WCSI 1995
  44. 44. Mitsy Gerson b. Utrecht Netherlands, 1943. Studied at Academie de Schans Amsterdam. Versatile and technically accomplished freelance artist / designer / fashion illustrator / animator. Lived for extended periods in both Dublin and County Laois, before returning to the Netherlands in 1994. First solo exhibition in Amsterdam at age of sixteen. Subsequent exhibitions in Amsterdam, Gronigen, Dublin, Portlaoise and Kilkenny. Her painting, whether abstract, portraiture, or still life, is characterised by a striking variety of styles, marked always with an intense preoccupation with her subject matter, expressed with comprehension, colour and sensibility. forty three POWER CUT 1981 oil on canvas 90 x 200 cms purchased: artist 1996 HOP 1986 watercolour 31 x 50 cms purchased: Rothe House Kilkenny 1994
  45. 45. Alice Berger Hammerschlag b. Vienna Austria, 1917, d. 1969. Lived for the last thirty-one years of her life in Belfast. Studied at Vienna Academy of Arts and Kunstgewerbeschule. Member of the Women’s International Art Club and the Free Painters and Sculptors London. Media used include acrylic, gouache, oil and tempera. ‘She continues to be preoccupied with the force of opposites, floating sphere and darting rod, indication that her artistry is as vital as ever’ (Hilary Pyle, 1960). Work exhibited extensively in solo shows from 1969 in London, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol and Dublin; and in major group exhibitions in New York, UK, mainland Europe and also in the IELA. Work in public collections in Dublin, Belfast and Bristol as well as in numerous private collections. forty four SILENT EMERGENCE 1966 oil on canvas 106 x 127 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council
  46. 46. James Hanley b. Dublin, 1956. Educated UCD, NCAD and Glasgow School of Art and Design. His works explore familiar themes and images. They are essentially humorous, trompe l’oeil devices, one-liners, in-jokes, out-takes, quirky and ridiculous, which serve to heighten the provisional nature of meaning and illusion. He is also an established portraitist. He has exhibited widely in Ireland and abroad, most recently in survey shows of Irish art which toured England and America, and at the 1999 exhibition of contemporary art at the Florence Biennale. Represented in numerous private and public collections, including IMMA, Arts Council and European parliament. An associate member of RHA. forty five AFTER DUCHAMP 1999 conté and graphite on gessoed paper 38 x 30 cms purchased: Hallward Gallery Dublin 1999
  47. 47. Alice Hanratty b. Dublin. Studied at NCAD and Hornsey College of Art London. Taught NCAD, Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design and DIT. Founder member of Society of Designers in Ireland. Her work encompasses both painting and printmaking and although in the European figurative tradition, she is influenced by time spent in East Africa. Member of Aosdána. Several solo exhibitions and has exhibited in group shows in Ireland, UK, USA, mainland Europe, Japan and India. Work in many private collections, and in public collections including TCD, Arts Council, Irish Government Buildings, National Gallery Istanbul and National Gallery Catania Sicily. forty six STILL LIFE WITH BOTTLES 1994 lithograph (1 of 5) 53 x 64 cms purchased: Holles Street Hospital exhibition 1994
  48. 48. Charles Harper b. Valentia Island Co. Kerry, 1943. Studied at Limerick College of Art and Design, the Graphic Studio Dublin and NCAD. Head of Fine Art Faculty, Limerick School of Art and Design. Founded EVA Limerick, 1975, and a founder member of Aosdána, 1981. Associate member of RHA. An initial influence was a year studying animation in Germany. A painter in watercolours and oils, he is best known for his studies of heads and nudes in series on picture planes uniformly divided by a grid system. This was dropped in his more recent Bellissima series. Is a prolific artist and winner of many national awards, whose work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Switzerland and Latvia, and in group exhibitions including IELA and RHA, and in Spain, USA, Canada and France. Mid-term retrospective Kilkenny 1980. Retrospective 1998. forty seven HELIOCENTRIC TIMESPOT 1974 gouache 50 x 63 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council CASTIGATORY 1976 watercolour 56 x 78 cms purchased: Arts Council 1978 joint ownership with Arts Council OSSESSIONE 1981 mixed media 52 x 65 cms purchased: Arts Council 1983 joint ownership with Arts Council
  49. 49. Patrick Harris b. Dublin, 1953. Scholarship student at NCAD. Subsequently studied in Madrid and at the National Institute of Fine Arts Antwerp. Lecturer at the College of Marketing and Design Dublin. Has exhibited in group and individual shows in Dublin, London and Belgium. Work included in major Irish public collections and in private collections in Ireland, mainland Europe and USA. forty eight NUDE BACK STUDY 1989 charcoal drawing on paper 69 x 53 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1989 joint ownership with Arts Council
  50. 50. Evelyn Healy Lives mainly in Achill, Co Mayo. Commenced painting in 1970 as student of NCAD. Primarily a landscapist, she has recorded the places she has visited in France, Japan, the Philippines and Australia. Favours a limited palette, blending colours from vermilion, ochre, cobalt, ultramarine, viridian and white. Paint is liberally applied directly to canvas on location using both the alla primo method and a palette knife to achieve particular light effects. Has exhibited at Bank of Ireland, RDS, and Achill Gallery. forty nine LOOKING WEST 1994 oil on canvas 33 x 46 cms purchased: artist 1996 A SUMMER DAY: DOOEGA, ACHILL, CO MAYO 1994 oil on canvas 34 x 46 cms purchased: artist 1996
  51. 51. Patrick Hickey b. India 1927, d. 1998. Came to Ireland in 1948 where he trained as an architect at UCD. In 1954 won scholarship to study etching and lithography at Scuola del Libro in Urbino Italy. Commenced exhibiting at IELA 1955. Had his first one-man show of painting 1961, and of graphics 1965. Was a founder of the Graphics Studio in Dublin 1961. Was Honorary Member of RHA. His teaching and work as an artist did much to stimulate the development of Irish graphics. Represented Ireland in Paris, Swedish, Cracow and Sao Paulo Biennales and exhibited regularly at the Ljubijana and Toyko Biennales. Worked with Dale Chihuly on his ‘Over Venice’ project for the Venice Biennale. Stations of the Cross etchings were purchased for Archives Nationales Paris. His subjects were thematic and included the Divine Comedy, months of the year, still lifes and Wicklow landscapes, but the characteristic style was unmistakably Eastern. Work included in many Irish public collections and in private collections in UK, USA and Far East. Exhibited Taylor Galleries Dublin. fifty THREE MORE POMEGRANATES 1985 gouache 57 x 76 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1986 joint ownership with Arts Council
  52. 52. Declan Holloway b. Athlone, 1959. Awarded NCAD Diploma in Painting 1981, and Diploma in Printmaking from Crawford School of Art and Design Cork 1985. Currently lectures in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. His etchings reveal a strong involvement in the deconstruction and recontextualisation process. His representation of the human figure, particularly the nude, is arrived at through the use of the erosive nature of the etching process itself. fifty one ETCHING 1995 etching 50 x 35 cms purchased: Artworld Gallery Athlone 1996
  53. 53. Niamh Keenan b. 1934. Lives in Dublin. Studied at St Patrick’s Training College and NCAD. WCSI 1965. Well-known for her ‘old Dublin’ watercolours. Also paints in oil. Selected exhibitions include the National Women’s Year Exhibition, National Craft Exhibition RDS, Breton Festival France, Galerie De Haven Holland and Tatten Gallery Malahide. fifty two BEWLEY’S CAFÉ, MARY STREET 1994 watercolour 40 x 50 cms purchased: WCSI 1994 THE BAILY COURT HOTEL, HOWTH 1994 watercolour 40 x 50 cms purchased: WCSI 1994
  54. 54. Desmond Kinney b. Portstewart Co. Derry, 1934. Grew up in Belfast where he trained as a calligrapher at the College of Art. Subsequently a graphic designer. Has executed large-scale mosaics and murals for public places. As a watercolourist has painted landscapes, still life and horses. Solo exhibitions in Dublin, Belfast and Galway. Work represented in many public and private collections. HORSERACING 1990 watercolour 40 x 32 cms purchased: Eakin Gallery Belfast 1992 fifty three
  55. 55. John Kirwan b. Dublin. A realist painter of landscape in oils who is drawn to coastal regions, especially Achill and Howth, for their big expanses of sky and highly mobile lighting and weather conditions. ‘While on one level there is a veil of romanticism running through his work, his paintings are motivated by an evident conviction that it is only naturalistic accuracy that will in the end deliver’ (Aidan Dunne). His talents extend beyond painting into such areas as film, theatre, public works and fashion. Five successful solo exhibitions to date. fifty four LOW-LIGHT MIST, ACHILL 1995 oil on canvas 127 x 180 cms on loan from Ms Tina O’Hara
  56. 56. Anne Rigney Lally b. Tullamore, 1957. Studied art and design at Athlone Institute of Technology. Now lives in Co. Roscommon. Has been artist-in-school in Castlerea Community School, and artist-in-community in Strokestown. Works mainly in mixed-media montages through which she responds to life’s continual change in the passage from birth to death. Has exhibited extensively throughout Ireland and is represented in the collections of Irish Distillers Group and Roscommon County Council, as well as in many private collections. fifty five WOMAN 1996 mixed media 61 x 61 cms purchased: artist 1996 BEING 1996 mixed media 30 x 27 cms purchased: Artworld Gallery Athlone 1997 ALONE 1996 mixed media 30 x 27 cms purchased: Artworld Gallery Athlone 1997
  57. 57. Nancy Larchet Lives in Dublin. Studied at UCD. Interior designer, specialising in institutional kitchens and laundries. She also mounts arts and crafts exhibitions. Shapes and shadow in landscape, buildings, flowers and foliage are a great source of inspiration. Selected exhibitions include the RHA, Oireachtas, European Institute of Watercolours Dublin, Italian Watercolour Society, Trees of Life touring and Salon International Pastel Ville de Compeigne France. fifty six A PREPONDERANCE OF POPPIES 1994 watercolour 31 x 45 cms purchased: WCSI 1994
  58. 58. Ramie Leahy b. Kilkenny, 1950. Studied at the Limerick College of Art and Design, TCD and International University of Art Florence. Resides Kilkenny. An active arts administrator and organiser who was a founding member and public relations officer of Kilkenny Arts Week, forward planner and exhibition officer of Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford Festival Opera, and coordinator of many group exhibitions. His work includes landscapes, natural-history studies and figurative paintings. ‘The form and colours of Leahy’s paintings are rather like a galaxy, alive with light and vivid flashings of disappearing glows, not residues of disintegrating worlds, but rather a cosmic vibration of innovating forms’ (Luisa Beeherucci). Has exhibited in solo exhibitions in Florence, Switzerland, USA, London, Dublin and Kilkenny, and in many group shows in Ireland and abroad, including IELA and Kilkenny Colourists 1995. fifty seven PLESIOSAURUS 1995 oil on canvas 105 x 90 cms purchased: Khan’s Gallery & Bookshop Kilkenny 1996
  59. 59. Anna Marie Leavy b. Pettigo Co. Donegal, 1939. Studied at NCAD. Lived and taught art in Dumfries Scotland and Downpatrick Co. Down for many years before settling down in Mullingar in 1971. Actively promoted watercolour as a medium by teaching in the VEC Adult Education programme. Founding member of Art Enterprises, the group that initiated weekend painting courses in the midlands. In recent years has painted ‘gems of nature that are hidden in quiet corners of the wood or field, the charming shapes and colours of wild flowers, cracks in a rock or tree stump’. Selected exhibitions include the RHA, United Artists, Municipal Art Museum Tokyo, Kenny Gallery Galway and Fukui Cultural Centre and Saiwai Gallery Kawasaki Japan. Her paintings are in public and private collections all over the world. fifty eight SEASONS IN IRELAND 1994 watercolour 58 x 75 cms purchased: WCSI 1994
  60. 60. Louis Le Brocquy b. Dublin, 1916. Self-taught and now, undoubtedly, one of Ireland’s most celebrated artists. Founder member of IELA 1943. RHA 1949. Member of Aosdána. Lived in London from 1946 and in France from 1958. Represented Ireland at Venice Biennale and won Guggenheim Awards in 1958 and 1960. DLitt TCD 1962. After his ‘grey’ period in the 1940s and his ‘white’ period in the 1950s, work since 1964 has been principally concerned with the Celtic concept of the human head as a magic box containing the spirit. Exhibited a hundred studies Towards an image of W.B. Yeats at the Musee d’Art Moderne Paris 1976 and at Edinburgh Festival 1977. A similar exhibition of heads of James Joyce toured Europe and America 1978-9. His images of Federico Garcia Lorca were exhibited in Barcelona, Madrid and Granada, while his Beckett, Strindberg and Francis Bacon images were exhibited in Paris in 1979 and in Dublin at Rosc 80. Irish head image and Louis le Brocquy exhibition New York State Museum Albany 1981. Also known for his tapestries and book illustrations, such as Thomas Kinsella’s translation of the Táin. Work in collections of many of the world’s leading museums. Lit: Dorothy Walker, Louis le Brocquy (Dublin 1981). fifty nine STUDY TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF W.B. YEATS: NO. 26 1976 conte on paper 22 x 18 cms purchased: Dawson Gallery Dublin 1977 joint ownership with Arts Council UNTITLED THE TÁIN 1989 lithograph (14 of 15) 37 x 53 cms purchased: Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin 1997
  61. 61. JAMES JOYCE 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council THOMAS KINSELLA 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council SEAMUS HEANEY 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council JOHN MONTAGUE 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council sixty
  62. 62. JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council FRANCIS STUART 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council SAMUEL BECKETT 1981 lithograph (64 of 100) 32 x 27 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1982 joint ownership with Arts Council sixty one
  63. 63. Hector McDonnell b. Belfast, 1947. After education at Eton and Oxford, studied art in Munich and Vienna. Lives London, New York and Glenarm Co. Antrim. Has travelled and painted in both Asia and Africa. A realist whose superb use of colour depicts the everyday experiences of western urban civilisation and life in the Third World with sympathy and conviction. Has exhibited in London, New York, Dublin, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, Madrid, Stuttgart and Hong Kong. Represented in many collections world-wide. sixty two OLD WOMAN KATALE CAMP ZAIRE 1996 etching 30 x 20 cms purchased: artist 1997 MOTHER/BABY KATALE CAMP 1996 etching 30 x 20 cms purchased: artist 1997
  64. 64. Eileen McDonagh b. Geevagh Co Sligo. Studied at the Institute of Technology Sligo and Limerick College of Art and Design. Since 1986 has worked full-time as a sculptor, mainly in limestone and granite. Worked in symposia in Japan, mainland Europe, India and Scotland, and in various locations in Ireland. Now lives in Co. Kildare. Athlone Institute of Technology sculpture was commissioned in open competition. Has also successfully competed for commissions from OPW, Dublin Corporation, and Cork and Laois County Councils. Her 1992 solo show Truss in the Project Art Centre was described by art critic Aidan Dunne as ‘an outstanding exhibition’. sixty three ALLEGORY STONE 1991 limestone 178 x 116 x 86 cms purchased: artist 1991
  65. 65. Maurice MacGonigal b. Dublin 1900, d. 1979. After apprenticeship at stained-glass studio of his uncle, Joshua Clark - interrupted by imprisonment for IRA involvement - he studied at Metropolitan School of Art Dublin. First solo show 1929. Exhibited RHA for fifty-four years, becoming a member 1933 and president 1962. Appointed keeper of RHA School and became professor of painting 1947. An influential teacher and also one of Dublin’s most successful artists. Produced many oil paintings and watercolours, chiefly landscapes, ‘painting with rather muted colours soft, blue-grey scenes at country fairs, and occasionally quite vivid interiors’ (Bruce Arnold). Also a designer of posters and stage sets, and a book illustrator. sixty four CURRACHS CONNEMARA 1977 oil on board 30 x 42 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1977 joint ownership with Arts Council
  66. 66. Margo McNulty b. Achill Island Co Mayo. Studied fine art printing and fine art in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Postgraduate scholarship to Belgium, and afterwards lived and worked in London. Returned to Ireland 1993 and currently lives near Athlone. Works instinctively with images and materials, making odd connections and paring colour to express a refined imagery. Prizewinner at Iontas exhibition Sligo and National Open Print Exhibition Galway. Group shows in Ireland, UK and mainland Europe. Represented in private collections in Ireland, UK, Netherlands, Germany and Australia. sixty five SLIP 1998 etching (1 of 10) 91 x 60 cms purchased: artist 1998 REDISCOVERING CHILDHOOD 1995 carborundum print 32 x 59 cms purchased: Artworld Gallery Athlone 1996
  67. 67. Tony Magner b. Ballylanders Co. Limerick. Educated Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and University of Ulster. Scholarship to China in printmaking. Occasional lecturer in illustration at Athlone Institute of Technology. Textile designer and also works in mixed media. Member Artspace Studios Galway. Represented in group shows in Ireland, UK and mainland Europe. Work in several ‘advanced’ private collections. sixty six CIPHER 1997 mixed media 210 x 90 cms purchased: artist 1997
  68. 68. Amanda Maguire b. Lurgan Co Armagh, 1959. Daughter of Ulster painter Cecil Maguire. Precocious, self-taught teenager who exhibited annually in RHA 1972-5. Also exhibited in RUA and in joint exhibitions with her father in Kenny’s Gallery Galway. Emigrated to USA at the age of seventeen and now lives in New York. sixty seven THE BRONX collage 48 x 39 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council
  69. 69. Joan Mallon b. Manchester, 1955. Attended Liverpool Polytechnic where she took a BA in fashion and printed textiles. Works in gouache. Has exhibited RHA, RUA and other shows in Ireland. Represented in several Irish public and private collections. sixty eight THE WOOING, THE WAITING AND THE DOING 1994 gouache on paper 40 x 22 / 40 x 40 / 40 x 22 cms purchased: Holles Street Hospital exhibition 1994
  70. 70. Colin Middleton b. Belfast, 1910, d. 1983. A self taught painter who ‘painted in almost as many styles as there are “isms” in modern art, but always with his own voice’ (Michael Longley). Was represented in numerous Irish and international group exhibitions and in one-man shows, including retrospectives in Dublin, Belfast, London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. His 1976 retrospective consisted of almost 300 works. MBE 1969. RHA 1970. Work is part of every major public and private collection of Irish modern art. Lit: John Hewitt and Mike Catto, Art in Ulster (Belfast 1991). BIRDS ON WIRE 1974 oil on board 60 x 60 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council sixty nine
  71. 71. Hazel Moore b. Naul Co. Meath, 1975. Studied at Athlone Institute of Technology, graduating with a National Diploma in Design (Communications) 1998. Currently working for a Carlow- based graphic design multimedia company specialising in graphics, animation, audio and programming for children’s educational products. TABOO 1998 mixed media 78 x 78 cms purchased: artist 1998 presented by the Students’ Union, Athlone Institute of Technology seventy
  72. 72. Brendan Neiland b. Lichfield UK, 1941. After a period as a seminarian in Ireland, attended Birmingham College of Art and Royal College of Art London. A leading British painter and printmaker. At once intimate and grand, celebratory and melancholy, his work often features the soaring glass and steel structures characteristic of contemporary corporate architecture. ‘His paintings and contributions are important in making us look again, and in a different way, at this aspect of our physical surroundings and the technology with which we construct the world; above all, on the questions that this raises for us as human beings’ (Philip Dowson, PRA). Many solo exhibitions and commissions. RA, FRSA, keeper RA, professor of painting University of Brighton, visiting professor of fine art Loughborough University. Lit: Brendan Neiland, On reflection (Dubai, London, 1997) CUMULUS 1991 silkscreen (1 of 60) 152 x 122 cms purchased: RHA 2000 seventy one
  73. 73. Noelle Noonan b. Cork, 1964. Attended Crawford School of Art and Design Cork, before taking a master’s degree at Brighton University. Subsequently coordinator of the Cork Writers’ Project. Member of the Blackwater Artists Group and the Cork Printmakers Workshop. Since 1986 has participated in group exhibitions, including several in London. Images in the artist’s work are drawn from everyday events, people and literature, blending reality with fiction. seventy two UNTITLED 1992 lithograph (3 of 15) 45 x 55 cms purchased: artist 1995 PULSE 1992 lithograph (3 of 5) 56 x 77 cms purchased: artist 1995 THE DIVINER 1992 lithograph 51 x 46 cms purchased: artist 1995
  74. 74. Simon O’Donnell b. Monasterevin Co Kildare, 1945. Now lives in Dublin. Self-taught painter and sculptor. General style is surrealist, flavoured by black humour, and much influenced by ‘theatre of the absurd’ and Samuel Beckett. Regular exhibitioner at RHA, Oireachtas and other group shows. Solos at Lincoln Gallery 1982, 1984 and 1985. Work represented in many significant Irish private collections. seventy three MILTONFRIEDMANIA 1980 oil on board 39 x 60 cms purchased: Lincoln Gallery Dublin 1981 joint ownership with Arts Council
  75. 75. David Oliver b. Australia, 1967. Educated Sydney Art School and Sydney University. Has travelled widely in Europe and lived in Ireland. Exhibitions in Mallorca and Dublin on the theme of the French newspaper Libération and its quiescent formal and aesthetic properties. seventy four LIBÉRATION 1998 mixed media 20 x 63 cms on loan from Mr Richard Whitington
  76. 76. Tony O’Malley b. Callan Co. Kilkenny, 1913. Only commenced painting in 1948 while recuperating from illness. Resided in St Ives Cornwall, centre of a thriving artistic community, from 1959 until returning to live at Callan in 1980. A leading abstractionist who ‘is a brooding and inward-looking artist, in whom the Irish landscape and the Irish past, its myths and its whole psychic “aura”, seem to come animistically to life. Certain critics, including myself, regard him as the finest Irish painter of his generation’ (Brian Fallon). His vibrant work is widely represented in leading national and international collections. Has won the Guardian Art Critics’ Award and the 1989 Irish-American Cultural Institute Award, and is a Saoi of Aosdána. Honorary member of RHA. Participated in group exhibitions in London, Brussels, Canada and USA. seventy five OBAIR GAN AINM 1998 carborundum print (32 of 35) 100 x 75 cms purchased: Graphic Studio Gallery Dublin 1998
  77. 77. Raymond Piper b. London, 1923. Has lived in Northern Ireland from the age of seven. After various studies, which included evening classes at Belfast College of Art and a travelling scholarship to France, became a full-time artist in 1948. Has worked with distinction in various media to create an extensive and impressive oeuvre which includes portraiture, book illustration, and studies of ballet, Irish folklore, musicians and orchids (on which he is an international authority). Has taught art in Belfast College of Art/University of Ulster, and is a lecturer with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Has made several radio and television documentaries. Recipient of numerous awards. Solo exhibitions in Belfast, London, Dublin, Wexford and Belgium. Represented in many public and private collections throughout the world. seventy six SEATED NUDE 2000 conté crayon 104 x 87 cms purchased: RHA 2000
  78. 78. Jane Proctor b. 1957. Graduated NCAD 1983. Has exhibited in Kilkenny, Limerick and Dublin. seventy seven NEST 1994 gouache on paper 46 x 60 cms purchased: Holles Street Hospital Exhibition 1994
  79. 79. Patrick Pye b. Winchester UK, 1929. Brought up in Dublin where he studied at NCAD. Oisin Kelly was an early tutor. Romanesque art seen at National Museum in Barcelona first turned his attention to Christian iconography. Depicts religious themes in tempera, oil, stained glass and etching, with evangelistic conviction and in a contemporary style which belongs to no particular school. Many commissions in churches make his work easily accessible throughout Ireland. Created more than twenty triptychs on sacred themes. RHA 1992. Member of Aosdána. A large tempera painting Woman and serpent commissioned by Bank of Ireland. Frequent exhibitor at David Hendriks Gallery Dublin. seventy eight THE ENTOMBMENT II 1995 lithograph (9 of 19) 30 x 25 cms purchased: Artworld Gallery Athlone 1995 DEL VERBO DIVINO 1994 tempera on panel 77 x 33 cms purchased: Holles Street Hospital Exhibition 1994
  80. 80. Padraic Reaney b. Carraroe Co. Galway, 1952. His images, especially his pierced figure in a landscape series, are reminiscent of Graham Sutherland and Sidney Nolan. It is with the latter ‘that the greatest affinity exists - the gaunt rib cage, the carcass deposited by flood in the branches of a tree, the dried-out gaping hide...Here, one is confronted with a personal vision, using images of pain, crucifixion, decay, loneliness and the totality of the individual’ (Hugh McCormick). Exhibited Stone Art Galway 1981, Artworld Gallery Athlone 1995. seventy nine WAITING FOR INDIAN CORN II 1995 oil on paper 74 x 54 cms purchased: Artworld Gallery Athlone 1995
  81. 81. Chris Reid b. 1918. WCSI 1965. Lives in Dublin. Studied dress design at Grafton Academy and pursued a career in hat-making. Took up painting at the age of forty, attended evening classes at NCAD, and studied printmaking at the Graphic Studio Dublin. Her exhibitions include RHA, Oireachtas, IELA and Festival Celtique France. eighty YESTERDAY’S TODAYS 1994 gouache 46 x 35 cms purchased: WCSI 1994
  82. 82. Noreen Rice b. and educated in Belfast. Held first one-woman exhibition in British Council Hong Kong 1956, later moving to London to work for BBC. Handles pastels on a scale that owes something to Chagall, but in theme is strikingly original and Celtic. Regular contributor to IELA and has been represented in group exhibitions in Canada and USA. Her work has also been shown at Waterford Festival, Ulster Society of Woman Artists, New Vision Gallery London, the Queen’s University Belfast, Caldwell Gallery Belfast and David Hendriks Gallery Dublin. eighty one WHICH WAY, WHICH DAY 1972 mixed media 41 x 86 cms purchased: Arts Council 1975 joint ownership with Arts Council
  83. 83. Thomas Ryan b. Limerick, 1929. Member and former president RHA. Member of boards of governors of National Gallery of Ireland and NCAD. Well-established versatile and prolific artist. Painter of portraits, landscapes, still lifes, interiors, historical and figure subjects, flower-pieces. Works in oil, watercolour, pencil and chalks; models in clay. Widely represented in Irish collections. eighty two SNOWY ROAD AT HOME 1979 oil on canvas 50 x 40 cms purchased: Arts Council 1979 joint ownership with Arts Council
  84. 84. Vincent Sheridan b. Co. Kildare, 1945. Educated DIT and NCAD. Main themes include animals and birds whose social behaviour, dynamic interaction and relationship to the physical and human environment are used to mirror human activities and comment whimsically on such aspects of modern society as groupies, stereotypes, passivity and regulation. Has an abiding interest in Arctic history, wildlife and exploration. Solo exhibitions in Canada, Ireland and Germany. eighty three CORVIDS I 1997 etching (20 of 25) 45 x 72 cms purchased: RHA 1997
  85. 85. Constance Short b. Clones Co. Monaghan, 1944. A prize-winning graphic artist who also paints murals and sculpts. Her ‘prints operate a certain narrative quality which subverts itself in the nick of time by resisting any single storyline. Are these works about gender, about personal identity, about fragmentation? Short offers us access to our own insights and responsibilities’ (Medb Ruane). She has exhibited widely in Ireland, mainland Europe and New York. Represented in public collections such as GAA Museum and Arts Council. An arts activist, she helped set up the original Projects Arts Centre, became secretary of Independent Artists and was involved in many cross- border cultural exchanges. She has worked with several poets, including Paul Durcan who contributed the poem which forms the centrepiece of Noughts and crosses. eighty four NOUGHTS AND CROSSES 1994 collage (1 of 4) 92 x 89 cms purchased: Hallward Gallery Dublin 1996
  86. 86. Louis Sinclair Exhibited RHA 1978-9. Resided in Dun Laoghaire. Group shows Lincoln Gallery. eighty five FIVE SEAGULLS 1979 oil on board 29 x 127 cms purchased: Arts Council 1979 joint ownership with Arts Council
  87. 87. Donal Teskey b. Rathkeale Co Limerick, 1956. Participated GPA Award Exhibition 1981. First attracted attention with a long series of graphite works close to photo-realist, but shot through with an arresting surreal quality. ‘A natural, fluent inventive draughtsman (who) has progressed to set himself tougher challenges. He has a preference for night settings, deep shadows and harsh artificial light’ (Aidan Dunne). Exhibits RHA and Rubicon Gallery Dublin. eighty six POLLING DAY 1995 oil on canvas 145 x 122 cms purchased: RHA 1995
  88. 88. Manus Walsh b. Dublin, 1940. Before taking up painting as a full-time artist, spent some time in the stained-glass medium and has five windows in Galway Cathedral, including the large interior study of the Last Supper. First exhibition in the Dublin Painters’ Gallery 1967 after a long sojourn, the first of many, in Spain. A director and active member of the Project Arts Centre serving on the visual arts committee. As well as a one-man show in 1973, has contributed to many of the Centre’s group shows, and to RHA and Oireachtas exhibitions. Exhibited at Biennales in Canada as well as exhibits in Chile and throughout Ireland. Work in collections in Ireland, USA and Europe. Recent work has focused on the landscape of the Burren, and the cityscape of Valparaiso. eighty seven MUSICIANS 1979 mixed media 53 x 51cms purchased: Arts Council 1979 joint ownership with Arts Council
  89. 89. Judith Caulfield Walshe b. Hollymount Co Mayo. Watercolourist and member WCSI. Solo exhibitions in Ireland and UK, as well as exhibiting in RHA. eighty eight UNTITLED 1994 watercolour 46 x 35 cms purchased: WCSI 1994
  90. 90. Sheila Walton-Hough b. Kenya, 1952. Attended Crawford Municipal School of Art Cork. L’Ecole des Beaux Arts Paris and Copenhagen Academy of Fine Art. Now lives in Banagher Co. Offaly. Lectures part-time in Athlone Institute of Technology. Mainly a portraitist and landscapist. One- woman shows in Cork and Dublin 1975/6. eighty nine GERRY GRAY 1990 oil on canvas 59 x 49 cms purchased: artist 1990
  91. 91. Joe Wilson b. Bolton UK, 1947. BA in Fine Art at Manchester Polytechnic 1969. Lecturer NCAD and visiting lecturer at the Slade School of Art, Metropolitan University of Manchester and Nova Scotia College of Art. Has published in Control and exhibited at Moss Side Manchester photography exhibition. Several group exhibitions in Ireland since 1981, including the Exhibition of Visual Arts and the European Printmaking show at Guinness Hop Store, as well as in Holland, Belgium and Moscow. Solo exhibition Hallward Gallery Dublin 1996. ninety THE PLATE FIGHTS BACK 1989 etching (3 of 10) 98 x 100 cms purchased: Riverrun Gallery Dublin 1989 joint ownership with Arts Council
  92. 92. Anne Yeats b. Dublin 1919, daughter W.B. Yeats. Trained at RHA School Dublin 1933-6. Started her career as a stage designer, in particular for Abbey Theatre Dublin, but took up painting in 1941. Innovative landscapist. First one-woman show in Dublin 1945. Member of Aosdána. Exhibitions in Canada, France and Taylor Galleries Dublin. Represented in private and public collections worldwide. ninety one LANDSCAPE SEEN FROM PLANE II 1981 oil on paper 38 x 58 cms purchased: Taylor Galleries Dublin 1981 joint ownership with Arts Council
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