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Auction Description for Morgan O'Driscoll: December Irish & International Art Auction 2016

December Irish & International Art Auction 2016 (159 Lots)

by Morgan O'Driscoll


159 lots with images

December 5, 2016

Live Auction

Dublin 2, Ireland

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Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) Greyhound

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Description: Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) Greyhound oil on board signed lower left h:23.50  w:21 cm. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist; Thence by Descent Exhibited: John Magee Gallery, Belfast (label verso)

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Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) Jockey Adjusting the Girth

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Description: Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) Jockey Adjusting the Girth pen & ink drawing with watercolour wash signed & titled on reverse h:34  w:29.50 cm. Provenance: Zoltan Lewinter Frankl (label verso); Sale of Collection of the Late Peter J Rankin, Ross''s, Belfast; Private Collection

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Peter Collis RHA (1929-2012) Hay Stacks, Co. Wicklow

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Description: Peter Collis RHA (1929-2012) Hay Stacks, Co. Wicklow oil on canvas signed lower right h:35.50  w:41 cm. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist; Private Collection Peter Collis was born in London in 1929. From 1947-52 he studied at Epsom College of Art, London. In 1969 he moved from Surrey to Ireland. Collis was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1990 before becoming a full member in 1993. He was part of the annual selection committee for 10 years where he also held the position of treasurer. Collis has had many solo and group shows in Ireland and abroad. He has also won several awards including Oireachteas, Maurice MacGonigal Landscape Prize and the James Adam Salesroom Award, RHA. His work is held in collections such as Limerick University, UCD, AIB, Aer Rianta, The Bank of Ireland and in numerous private collections in Ireland, England, France, Australia, New Zealand, New York, Canada and Japan.

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Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943) Model With Red Hair (2015)

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Description: Brian Ballard RUA (b.1943) Model With Red Hair (2015) oil on canvas signed lower left & dated ''15, titled on reverse h:61  w:51 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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Charles Tyrrell (b.1950) Swing (1988)

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Description: Charles Tyrrell (b.1950) Swing (1988) oil on board signed, titled & dated on reverse h:120  w:120 cm. Provenance: Whyte''s, Dublin, 23rd February 2015 Lot 40; Private Collection Charles Tyrrell was born in Trim, Co. Meath in 1950. He studied painting at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, graduating in 1974. He lives and works in Allihies on the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork. Tyrrell is a member of Aosdána, an affiliation of creative artists, established by the Arts Council of Ireland to honour those artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland.

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Patrick Scott HRHA (1921-2014) Guelin - Bamboo

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Description: Patrick Scott HRHA (1921-2014) Guelin - Bamboo tempera on canvas signed & titled on reverse h:61  w:61 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Patrick Scott was born in County Cork, in 1921. He trained as an architect and spent 15 years working with Michael Scott in the architectural practice of what became Scott Tallon Walker, where his innate talent as an artist and designer developed in unison. He became a leading graphic designer with the Signa Design Consultancy (set up in 1953 by Michael Scott and Louis le Brocquy), all the while continuing to test various ideas in his painting. On winning a National Prize at the Guggenheim International Award in 1960 and representing Ireland at the XXX Venice Biennale in the same year, Scott became a full-time artist. Scott was perhaps best known for his gold paintings, abstracts incorporating geometrical forms in gold leaf against a pale tempura background. He also produced tapestries and carpets.His paintings are in several important collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His works are distinguished by their purity and sense of calm, reflecting his own interest in Zen Buddhism. On 11 July 2007, Scott, who was a founding member of Aosdána, was conferred with the title of Saoi, the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an Irish artist. The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, made the presentation, placing a gold torc, the symbol of the office of Saoi, around his neck. No more than seven living members may hold this honour at any one time.

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Frank J. Egginton RCA (1908-1990) Bringing Home the Turf, Connemara

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Description: Frank J. Egginton RCA (1908-1990) Bringing Home the Turf, Connemara watercolour signed lower right h:56  w:76 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1878-1944) Cattle Grazing

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Description: James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1878-1944) Cattle Grazing oil on board signed lower right h:25.50  w:35.50 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1878-1944) Preparing the Boat

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Description: James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1878-1944) Preparing the Boat oil on board signed lower left h:38.25  w:51 cm. Provenance: Private Collection The Irish landscape painter James Craig was born in Belfast but spent his youth in the countryside of County Down. Craig briefly attended Belfast College of Art where he studied drawing and fine art painting. He took all his inspiration from the scenery, people and culture of Ireland - above all, from what he saw with his two eyes. He never attempted to embellish or distort nature. His job, as a landscape painter was to reflect nature as it was. Despite this fidelity to nature, Craig was not above dramatising his landscape painting in the style of Paul Henry. Also, despite his indifference to Barbizon landscape art, Craig''s plein air painting method was similar to that of the Impressionists, as he was at his happiest out-of-doors either painting or fishing. Many of his colour schemes are consciously sober and the raw beauty of the landscape is expressed in rugged paintwork. He painted in many different locations, including the Glens of County Antrim, as well as the more inhospitable coastal landscapes of Donegal and Galway. A successful painter of his day, Craig exhibited regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1915 and was elected to both the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) and the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA).

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Cecil Maguire RHA RUA (b.1930) The Cathedral, Galway (1974)

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Description: Cecil Maguire RHA RUA (b.1930) The Cathedral, Galway (1974) oil on board signed lower right & dated ''74 h:50  w:61 cm. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist; Collection of John G Sisk, Dublin; Thence by descent

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Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) Kinsale, Co. Cork

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Description: Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927) Kinsale, Co. Cork oil on canvas signed lower right h:38.50  w:76.50 cm. Provenance: The Blue Door Gallery (label verso); Private Collection

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John Skelton Snr (1923-2009) Twlight in Connemara

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Description: John Skelton Snr (1923-2009) Twlight in Connemara oil on board signed lower left h:51  w:61 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Many of John Skelton''s figures can be read as elegiac, all caught in a kind of monumental loneliness. Even in his scenes of rural social life there is at times a somber note. It is caught in a child''s sad face; a farmer''s stooped back, a woman''s wistful stare. The new Ireland of John Skelton''s latter life, if anything, reinforced and re-energized these themes of sadness and loss. In the atmosphere of noise and youth, it became a point of honour for Skelton to mourn the passing of another world.

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Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) Artist''s Studio

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Description: Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997) Artist''s Studio oil on canvas signed upper centre left h:91.50  w:61 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Charles Brady was born in New York in 1926 but spent most of his life in Ireland. In 1948 he entered the Art Students League of New York and took a yearlong course. After art school he continued to paint, beginning to exhibit in the early 1950s. He had his first solo exhibition in the Urban Gallery in 1955. The following year 1956 saw him travel by ferry to Ireland and it was here he began painting the Irish countryside. He returned to New York in 1958 but in 1959 he moved back to Ireland and settled there for good. Poverty forced him to paint on small pieces of cardboard and small pictures became typical; he began to value the intimacy, and affordability, of small paintings. In the 1960s he began painting still lives of everyday objects such as envelopes and tickets and this also became typical. These small, modest, compositions allowed him to refine a spare almost mystical style.

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Sean McSweeney HRHA (b.1935) Shoreline Bog (1992)

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Description: Sean McSweeney HRHA (b.1935) Shoreline Bog (1992) oil on canvas signed & dated ''92 lower left, titled & dated on reverse h:35.70  w:46 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Sean McSweeney was born in Dublin in 1935. From 1965 he began to exhibit regularly in the Dawson Gallery, Dublin. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 1984. His work can be found in many public collections such as Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Trinity College, Dublin; Sligo Museum & Art Gallery; Ulster Museum and Dublin City University. Major retrospective exhibitions include; Retrospective 1965-1990 at the Galway Arts Festival and RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin in 1990, Seán McSweeney-Retrospective in the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork and the Solstice Arts Centre, Navan in 2007. He has represented Ireland abroad on many occasions including the Sense of Ireland Festival, London and in 1980 at the 1985 Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. McSweeney resides with his family at his mother''s birthplace of Ballyconnell in Co. Sligo where he has lived and worked for many years. Much like Jack Yeats before him, McSweeney has made the West and its various landscapes and seascapes his own.

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Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942) The Old Bridge, St Laurent le Minier, France

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Description: Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942) The Old Bridge, St Laurent le Minier, France oil on board signed lower right, signed & titled on reverse h:78.50  w:118 cm. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist; Private Collection

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Sir John Lavery RA RHA RSA (1856-1941) Portrait of Hazel Lavery

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Description: Sir John Lavery RA RHA RSA (1856-1941) Portrait of Hazel Lavery archival photograph signed & dated 1936 lower right with the inscription (To The Duke of St. Albans with compliments from John Lavery 1936) h:18  w:15 cm. Provenance: The Victor Waddington Galleries, London (label verso); Private Collection

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Peter Curling (b.1955) The Last Furlong

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Description: Peter Curling (b.1955) The Last Furlong watercolour signed lower left h:30.50  w:53.50 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Peter Curling was born in Waterford in 1955. Curling showed a precocious early talent and had his first exhibition in the racing centre of Lambourn at the tender age of fourteen. Sell out exhibitions in Dublin followed and it wasn''t long before he came to the attention of Aylmer Tryon, founder of the Tryon Gallery and the renowned horse portraitist Susan Crawford. They advised him to go to Florence where he spent two years studying in the studio of Signorina Simi.This classical training stood him in good stead as he has always placed the utmost importance in sound draughtsmanship. It was to this end that he spent a short but invaluable time with the sculptor John Skeaping R.A.. Skeaping impressed on the young artist the value of economy of line and the ultimate goal of depicting movement, balance and a solidity of form without lumbering the work with too much detail.Curling also developed a close link with the racing world and has enjoyed the whole spectrum of that fascinating sport from riding in races to ownership, training point-to-pointers, and stewarding.

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George K. Gillespie RUA (1924-1996) Shimna River, Kingdom of Mourne

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Description: George K. Gillespie RUA (1924-1996) Shimna River, Kingdom of Mourne oil on board signed lower left & titled on reverse h:76.25  w:102 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942) Evening, Lismore River Pool

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Description: Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942) Evening, Lismore River Pool oil on board signed lower right, signed & titled on reverse h:39  w:39 cm. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist; Private Collection

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Daniel O''Neill (1920-1974) Three Boatmen

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Description: Daniel O''Neill (1920-1974) Three Boatmen oil on board signed lower left & titled on reverse h:50  w:67.50 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Daniel O''Neill (1920 - 1974) was a Romantic painter born in Belfast. He was largely self-taught, although he briefly attended Belfast College of Art life classes, before working with and studying under fellow Belfast artist Sidney Smith. He quickly developed an expressionist technique, and strong romanticism, with imagery, often full of pathos, evoking the themes of love, life and death. O''Neill''s first exhibition was at the Mol Gallery in Belfast in 1941. In 1946 he sold 21 pictures out of 23 at an exhibition at the Waddington Galleries in Dublin and from then on exhibited regularly. In 1949 he visited Paris and was influenced by Georges Rouault, Maurice de Vlaminck and Maurice Utrillo. In 1951 his work was shown in the Tooth Galleries, London and he also exhibited there with Colin Middleton in 1954. O''Neill had lived in Conlig, Co. Down from 1943 until 1951 and then moved to another part of Co.Down. He lived in London from 1958 to 1971 and during his lifetime, O''Neill''s works were primarily exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy. More recently, some of his paintings were shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art as part of a 2005 exhibition of Northern Irish artists. His work is represented in many collections including the Ulster Museum, Queen''s University Belfast and the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin.

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Ken Hamilton (b.1956) The Cello Player

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Description: Ken Hamilton (b.1956) The Cello Player oil on board signed lower right h:46  w:35.75 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) Two Dublin Debutantes, Close to O''Connell Bridge, Dublin

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Description: Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) Two Dublin Debutantes, Close to O''Connell Bridge, Dublin pen & ink drawing (Includes letter on reverse, dated 1945) h:18  w:23 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964) Glengariff, West Cork

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Description: Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964) Glengariff, West Cork oil on canvas initialled ''LMH'' lower right & titled on reverse h:51  w:66 cm. Provenance: Original artist''s label on reverse with price of £40; Christie''s, London, 23rd March 1995, Lot 89; Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin (label verso); Private Collection Letitia Marion Hamilton was born in County Meath in 1878 and hailed from an artistic family, her great-grand-mother was the artist Marianne-Caroline Hamilton and her cousin was the watercolourist Rose Maynard Barton. Both Hamilton and her sister Eva studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art under William Orpen. Hamilton studied enamelling there also, winning a silver medal in 1912 by both the School and the Board of Education National Commission. Her work showed elements of Art Nouveau, foreshadowing her later modernist leanings. Hamilton also studied in Belgium with Frank Brangwyn and the Slade School of Fine Art. She was a prolific painter of the Irish countryside, exhibiting more than 200 paintings at the Royal Hibernian Academy of which she became a member in 1943. Together with Paul Henry, his wife Emily Grace Mitchell/Grace Henry, Mary Swanzy, Jack Butler Yeats and others, she formed the Society of Dublin Painters in 1920. In 1948 Letitia was awarded a bronze medal in the arts section of the Olympic Games for her painting of the Meath Hunt Point to Point Races, the only Irish medal that year, and one of the last Olympic medals for art to be awarded.

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Colin Middleton RUA RHA (1910-1983) Fields: Lough Braden (1979)

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Description: Colin Middleton RUA RHA (1910-1983) Fields: Lough Braden (1979) oil on board monogrammed lower right, signed, titled & dated on reverse h:14.50  w:14.75 cm. Provenance: The Bell Gallery, Belfast (label verso); Private Collection

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John Brian Vallely (b.1941) The Five Musicians

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Description: John Brian Vallely (b.1941) The Five Musicians oil on canvas signed lower right h:51  w:76.25 cm. Provenance: Private Collection John Brian Vallely, a painter and musician, was born in 1941 into a Co. Armagh family who had a strong cultural involvement in sport and language which strongly influenced his artistry. He studied at the Belfast College of Art from 1959 where he was taught by Tom Carr and later furthered his studies at The Edinburgh Art College. His earliest achievement saw eight of his works purchased for the Irish display at the 1963 World Fair in New York. In 1968 The Irish Times regarded him as "one of the more exciting Irish painters". The greater theme in his work is Traditional Music, another significant dimension is sport, and there are lesser tropes around aspects of culture such as mythology, history and customs.

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Rose Maynard Barton RWS ASWA (1856-1929) The Rotunda Rooms, Dublin (1900)

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Description: Rose Maynard Barton RWS ASWA (1856-1929) The Rotunda Rooms, Dublin (1900) watercolour with bodycolour on paper signed lower centre & dated 1900 h:23  w:17 cm. Provenance: Christie''s, London, 22nd May 1998 Lot 5; Private Collection Exhibited: Chris Beetles Summer Show 1999: No. 34 (label verso) Literature: "One Hundred Years of Irish Art",A Millennium Presentation, edited by Eamonn Mallie, illustrated on p.73 Rose Barton was born in Dublin in 1856. She was cousins with sisters, Eva Henrietta and Letitia Marion Hamilton. She began exhibiting her broad-wash watercolours painting with the Watercolour Society of Ireland (WCSI) in 1872. Rose and her sister Emily visited Brussels in 1875 where they received tuition in drawing and fine art painting under the French artist, Henri Gervex. There along with her close friend Mildred Anne Butler she began to study figure painting and figure drawing. In 1879, she joined the local committee of the Irish Fine Art Society. Afterwards she trained at Paul Jacob Naftel''s art studio in London. Rose like Butler, studied under Naftel. In 1882 she exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA). In 1884, she exhibited at the Royal Academy (RA). Later, she showed at the Japanese Gallery, the Dudley Gallery and the Grosvenor Gallery in London. In 1893, she became an associate member of the Society of Painters in Water Colours, attaining full membership in 1911.

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Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974) Feeding the Hens

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Description: Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974) Feeding the Hens oil on canvas signed lower left h:44  w:53.50 cm. Provenance: Private Collection McKelvey was born in Belfast in 1895. He attended the Belfast School of Art and won the ''Sir Charles Brett'' prize in 1912. He started exhibiting in the RHA in 1918 and was granted full membership in 1930. In 1921 he became a member of the Belfast Art Society. ''Feeding the Hens'' is a subject that McKelvey painted regularly in the 1920''s and throughout his career. In his papers he later stated that "It was through this opportunity that I was able to study poultry in all effects of sunlight - a subject in which I have always been deeply interested". McKelvey was influenced by artists such as Walter Osborne (1859-1903) and Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875). The subject matter of this painting is instinctively recognisable to McKelvey admirers.

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) British Martha Graham: Lamentation (1986)

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Description: Andy Warhol (1928-1987) British Martha Graham: Lamentation (1986) screenprint on Lenox Musuem Board, trial proof numbered PT 144B UT.009 bears ''The Estate of Andy Warhol'' and ''Authorized by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Art'' inkstamps on reverse. (Copy of the photo certificate from The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts, Inc., dated VII-20-06 accompanies this work). h:91.10  w:91.10 cm. Provenance: Phillips de Pury & Company, New York,12th September 2006 Lot 118; Private Collection

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Banksy (b.1974) British Festival (2006)

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Description: Banksy (b.1974) British Festival (2006) screen print number 34 from an edition of 150 signed lower right & dated ''06, numbered lower left h:56  w:76 cm. Provenance: Pest Control Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work; Private Collection Banksy is an England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Banksy''s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Observers have noted that his style is similar to Blek le Rat, who began to work with stencils in 1981 in Paris. Banksy says that he was inspired by "3D", a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of Massive Attack, an English musical group. Banksy''s first film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, billed as "the world''s first street art disaster movie", made its debut at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the UK on 5 March 2010. In January 2011, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary for the film. In 2014, he was awarded Person of the Year at the 2014 Webby Awards.

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Donald Teskey RHA (b.1956) The Gearagh Study (2008)

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Description: Donald Teskey RHA (b.1956) The Gearagh Study (2008) acrylic on paper signed lower right & titled on reverse h:28.50  w:29 cm. Provenance: First Art, London (label verso); Private Collection

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Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) Red Lamps (1990) - Interior Series

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Description: Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) Red Lamps (1990) - Interior Series lithograph, woodcut, screenprint in colours on museum board, number 23 from an edition of 60 plus proofs signed, numbered 23/60 & dated ''90 lower right, Printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA, Published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA h:146  w:200 cm. Provenance: Gemini G.E.L. Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; Taylor Gallery, Belfast; Solomon Fine Art, Dublin; Private Collection Literature: Catalogue raisonné: Corlett / Fine 251 Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923, in New York City. He studied under Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League in New York, and under Hoyt L.Sherman at the School of Fine Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus. In the early 1970s he explored further with his abstract Mirrors and Entablatures series. From 1974 through the 1980s he probed another long-standing issue: the concept of artistic style. Lichtenstein continued to question the role of style in consumer culture in his 1990s series Interiors, which included images of his own works as decorative elements. From 1962 the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, held regular exhibitions of the artist''s work. Lichtenstein participated in the Venice Biennale in 1966, and was honoured with solo exhibitions in 1967 and 1968 at the Pasadena Art Museum and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, respectively. The artist was the subject of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim in 1994, three years before his death in 1997.

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Alan Davie (1920-2014) Scottish Totem Top (2012)

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Description: Alan Davie (1920-2014) Scottish Totem Top (2012) oil on paper signed top right & dated 2012 h:30  w:62 cm. Provenance: Gimpel Fils, London (label verso) stock ref: GF14898; Private Collection James Alan Davie was a Scottish painter and musician born in Grangemouth in 1920 and studied at Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1930s. An early exhibition of his work came through the Society of Scottish Artists. Davie travelled widely and in Venice became influenced by other painters of the period, such as Paul Klee, Jackson Pollock and Joan Miró, as well as by a wide range of cultural symbols. Like Pollock, many of Davie''s works have been executed by standing above the painting, which is laid on the ground. He added layers of paint until sometimes the original painting has been covered over many times. In addition to painting, whether on canvas or paper (he has stated that he prefers to work on paper), Davie has produced several screen prints. His paintings appear at once apocalyptic and triumphant. In his lectures Davie stressed the importance of improvisation as his chosen method. His stance was that of an inspired soothsayer resisting the inroads of rational civilization.

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Hughie O''Donoghue RA (b.1953) Red Earth VI (1995)

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Description: Hughie O''Donoghue RA (b.1953) Red Earth VI (1995) oil on canvas signed, titled & dated 1995 on reverse h:218.50  w:195.50 cm. Provenance: Archeus / Post Modern Gallery, London; Private Collection Exhibited: Andata e Ritorno: British Artists in Italy 1890-1996; Royal Albert Memorial Museum , Exeter, 6th July - 3rd August 1996 Although born in Manchester, as was his father, Hughie O''Donoghue is considered to be an Irish artist, not least by himself. Born of an Irish mother and of Irish descent on his father''s side, he spent much of his childhood in Co. Mayo. O''Donoghue studied at Goldsmiths College and upon graduation became artist-in-residence, first at Drax power station in Yorkshire and then, in London''s National Gallery. O''Donoghue''s work is concerned with history, and he has presented this concern variously throughout his career. His early, monumental series'' Sleeper and Red Earth interpret the history of the ground itself, exploring what the soil may hold and why: examining the bodies placed in it or that may have fallen or otherwise come to be there. His father''s experiences throughout the Second World War became a starting point for a prodigious consideration of that period through the medium of richly surfaced paint. History as memory is another facet of this muse. O''Donoghue''s works are held in important collections in Ireland, Great Britian, Australia and the USA.

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Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) Look Out (2005)

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Description: Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932-2016) Look Out (2005) oil on paper signed ''Blackshaw'' lower right'' (With poem entitled ''Look Out'' by Peter Fallon lower left signed) h:64  w:52 cm. Provenance: Purchased by the present owner at a de Vere''s auction in the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) in 2005; Private Collection

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Felim Egan (b.1952) Abstract (2006)

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Description: Felim Egan (b.1952) Abstract (2006) oil on canvas signed & dated ''06 on reverse h:76.25  w:76.25 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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John Shinnors (b.1950) Figure by the Black Sea

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Description: John Shinnors (b.1950) Figure by the Black Sea oil on canvas signed lower right, signed & titled on reverse h:61  w:61 cm. Provenance: Private Collection John Shinnors was born in Limerick in 1950 and studied at the Limerick School of Art and Design. He has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1980''s with the Taylor Gallery, Dublin as his principal gallery. He is a member of Aosdána and is involved in the promotion of the arts through the Shinnors Scholarship and the Shinnors Drawing Award. Shinnors is represented in many private and public collections and was the subject of the RTE 1 documentary "Split Image John Shinnors". He is involved in promoting the arts through the Shinnors Scholarship. He lives and works in Limerick. Shinnors paints reoccurring themes and this allows him to paint portraits with dramatic contrasts of light and dark, these dark and light tones are a major element in his work with shapes taking precedence over line. The shapes are nearly square in format with broad flat strokes. The blacks and whites are rich with yellow and gold hues. The work is textured with great atmosphere and energy compelling the viewer to be involved.

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Neville Johnson RHA RUA (1911-1999) Bird

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Description: Neville Johnson RHA RUA (1911-1999) Bird oil on board signed lower right & titled on reverse h:45.50  w:61 cm. Provenance: Collection of Mrs. Marton; The Pasadena Art Institute (label verso); James Adams, Dublin, 28th March 2007 Lot 131; Private Collection Exhibited: The Artists of Ireland Exhibition, USA, where purchased by Mrs Marton Nevill Johnson was born in England but relocated to Dublin in 1949 where he was able to develop himself as an artist, writer and photographer. He had no formal art training but became friendly with accomplished artist John Luke, whom he took great influence from and shared a studio with for a time. He exhibited regularly at Victor Waddington''s alongside Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton, Gerard Dillon and Daniel O''Neill. He also exhibited at the Dawson Gallery and with Tom Calwell from the early 1970s to the 1990s. Johnson''s son, along with Eoin O''Brien, created a memoir of his writings, art work, photographs and life in Paint the Smell of Grass, and his son has also donated a number of his father''s works to University College Dublin (UCD) to establish an annual scholarship in support of aspiring artists.

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Donald Teskey RHA (b.1956) Amtrak Drawing No.1 (Bridge & Tunnel People) (2007)

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Description: Donald Teskey RHA (b.1956) Amtrak Drawing No.1 (Bridge & Tunnel People) (2007) diptych charcoal on paper signed lower right & dated 2007 h:105  w:150 cm. Provenance: First Art Ltd, London (label verso) where purchased by the present owner Donald Teskey was born in Co. Limerick in 1956. He graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design with a Diploma in Fine Art in 1978. He came to prominence as an artist during the 1980s, with several significant solo exhibitions as well as being the recipient of awards in EVA and the Claremorris Open Exhibition. In 2003 he was elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. The images reflect his response to the formal elements of composition; shape, form and the fall of light. Works are made in his studio but based on extensive studies and detailed notes. The result is powerful images of instantly recognisable parts of the landscape and cityscapes with large abstract passages and surfaces which articulate the relentless energetic and elemental force of nature.

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John Shinnors (b.1950) 4 o''c

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Description: John Shinnors (b.1950) 4 o''c oil & pastel on linen on panel signed lower right, signed & titled on reverse h:38.50  w:39.50 cm. Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin (label verso); Private Collection

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Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Red Nude with Loving Pierrot

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Description: Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) Red Nude with Loving Pierrot oil on canvas signed lower right h:91.75  w:122 cm. Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Private Collection Exhibited: Irish Exhibition of Living Art (IELA) 1970 Literature: Gerard Dillon - An Illustrated Biography by James White and Published by Wolfhound Press. Illustrated on page 107 Dillon was born in Belfast in 1916. About 1936 he started out as an artist, almost entirely self-taught but attended art classes in Belfast for a short period. He and Dan O''Neill were painting acquaintances. In 1958, Dillon had the double honour of representing Ireland at the Guggenheim International, and Great Britain at the Pittsburg International Exhibition. He travelled widely in Europe and taught for brief periods in the London art schools. In 1967, Dillon had a stroke and from this time his work changed direction. He realised that he had a problem from which he was most likely going to die prematurely. This notion of imminent death sent his work almost into another world, a realm of dreams and paintings intimating his death.

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John Shinnors (b.1950) The Couple

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Description: John Shinnors (b.1950) The Couple oil & pastel signed on right h:30.50  w:30.50 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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Cecil King (1921-1986) Abstract Landscape

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Description: Cecil King (1921-1986) Abstract Landscape oil on canvas signed on reverse h:61  w:40 cm. Provenance: Private Collection

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Colin Middleton RUA RHA (1910-1983) Girl Reading in the Bath (1947)

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Description: Colin Middleton RUA RHA (1910-1983) Girl Reading in the Bath (1947) oil on canvas signed on reverse h:51  w:76 cm. Provenance: Christie''s, London, Colin Middleton Studio Sale,1985, Lot 2; Christie''s, London, 16th September 1992, Lot 173; Private Collection Exhibited: Nicholas Gallery, Belfast (label verso) Literature: ''Colin Middleton, A Millennium Appreciation'' edited by Carlo Eastwood illustrated on page 42 & 43 Colin Middleton MBE an Irish artist and surrealist was born in 1910 in Belfast. He trained at Belfast College of Art and through his influence of the work of Vincent van Gogh regarded himself as the only surrealist working in Ireland in the 1930s. Middleton''s work first appeared at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1938 and he went on to have his first solo exhibition at the Grafton Gallery in 1944. A damask-designer like his father before him, he now devoted himself to full-time painting. More exhibitions followed in Dublin, London and Boston. In 1953, he moved to Bangor where he designed for the New Theatre; he also designed sets for the Circle Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. In 1954 Middleton exhibited alongside Daniel O''Neill at the Tooth Galleries in London and in the same year started his career as an art teacher at the Belfast College of Art and at Coleraine Technical School, eventually becoming head of art at Friends'' School, Lisburn. A poet and musician, Middleton also produced murals, mosaics and posters. In 1969, he was awarded an MBE and appointed an associate at the Royal Hibernian Academy, with full membership in 1970. A major retrospective was held in 1976 at The Ulster Museum and the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Dublin. He continued to exhibit at the RHA in Dublin until his death in 1983 in Belfast.

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Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958) In the Western Mountains (c.1934-9)

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Description: Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958) In the Western Mountains (c.1934-9) oil on board signed ''PAUL HENRY'' lower right h:25.50  w:30.50 cm. Provenance: Combridge Fine Art, Dublin (label verso); Private Collection A late work by Paul Henry with thin paint applied, notably in the sky, but treated directly and with little or no overpainting, which adds to the appeal of the scene. Indeed this is true of the whole canvas. In the mountains the paint has been applied a little more heavily, but just enough to indicate the direction of light, although in the cottages and the immediate foreground the paint is heavier and has been applied briskly nonetheless. All this contributes to the sense of recession and shows Henry at the height of his powers. Throughout good use has been made of the grain of the canvas. The paint, as usual with Henry, has been applied methodically—in the thatch of the cottage roofs and in the foreground, for example—which also suggests a date of c. 1934-9. The work is a good example of Henry''s later work in which the landscape has been handled in an almost iconic manner. In the Western Mountains is numbered 1308 in S. B. Kennedy''s ongoing cataloguing of Henry''s oeuvre. Dr. S.B. Kennedy, November 2016

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Padraig MacMiadhachain RWA (b.1929) Ice Cream Series

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Description: Padraig MacMiadhachain RWA (b.1929) Ice Cream Series oil on canvas signed lower left h:51  w:61 cm. Provenance: Private Collection Padraig MacMiadhachain was born in 1929 and studied at the Belfast College of Art from 1947-1949 and then at the National College of Art, Dublin in 1950. He was a contributor to the Irish Exhibitions of Living Art in the 1960s, alongside artists like Gerald Dillon, Camille Souter, Louis Le Brocquy, amongst others. William Scott had a profound influence on his later work. He has lived and painted since 1959 on the Dorset coast, near to St Ives, where he is an associated member of The Penwith Society of Arts, St Ives. He has held many one man and mixed exhibitions. These include over 15 one-man exhibitions in London, Madrid - sponsored by the Spanish Government, Dublin, Belfast - sponsored by The Arts Council. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Krakow, Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver. He was awarded travelling scholarships to both Moscow 1957 and Poland 1960, one by the British Council and the other by the Russian Government. His works are in many Private and Public collections.

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Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) Fantastical Figures

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Description: Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978) Fantastical Figures oil on board Mary Swanzy Studio Sale Stamp on reverse h:21  w:31 cm. Provenance: The Mary Swanzy Studio Sale, Christies, London, 10th May 2007 Lot 319; Private Collection Mary Swanzy was born in Dublin in 1882. Swanzy attended Alexandra College, Earlsfort Terrace, and finishing school at the Lycée in Versailles, France, and a day school in Freiburg, Germany. This education meant that Swanzy was fluent in French and German. She went on to take art classes at May Mannings'' studio, under the direction of John Butler Yeats. Manning encouraged Swanzy to study modelling with John Hughes at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. Swanzy''s first exhibition was with the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in 1905 and she continued to exhibit portraits every year until 1910. In 1905 she went to Paris, and worked at the Delacluse studio. She went on to attend the studio of Antonio de La Gándara in 1906, and took classes at Académie de la Grande Chaumière and Académie Colarossi. Whilst in Paris Swanzy was exposed to the works of Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, which made a lasting impression on her. Unlike fellow Irish cubists Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett, she was not concerned with traditional Irish art or themes, opting to foster her own distinctive style.

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Ian Humphreys (b.1956) In The Mist

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Description: Ian Humphreys (b.1956) In The Mist oil on canvas signed lower left, signed, titled & dated on reverse h:93  w:91.75 cm. Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist; Private Collection

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Tony O''Malley HRHA (1913-2003) Mt. Leinster, Harvest (1951)

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Description: Tony O''Malley HRHA (1913-2003) Mt. Leinster, Harvest (1951) mixed media on card signed, titled & dated 1951 lower left h:21  w:28 cm. Provenance: Peppercannister Gallery, Dublin (label verso); Private Collection

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John Doherty (b.1949) Trailor with Accessories, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry

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Description: John Doherty (b.1949) Trailor with Accessories, Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry acrylic on canvas signed, titled & dated on reverse h:43  w:71.25 cm. Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin (label verso); Solomon Fine Art, Dublin (label verso); De Vere''s, Dublin, 20th April 2009, Lot 50; Private Collection Exhibited: Important Irish & British And Master Prints, Merrion Hotel, Dublin 14th -16th November 2008 John Doherty was born in Kilkenny in 1949. He studied architecture at Bolton Street College of Technology, Dublin from 1968 to 1973 before moving to Sydney for five years where he decided to pursue a career as an artist. Although the subject matter of much of Doherty''s work belongs to the forlorn and crumbling remains of an Ireland that, though familiar, has been consigned to history, his realism is immediately attractive for its apparently benign normality. The abandoned corner shops and bars, the rusting petrol pumps, rotting boats and disused oil drums seem harmless enough, but upon closer inspection they assume a dark humour. Doherty''s images, coupled with the wry wit of their titles, point towards the human stories that exist behind the facades of places and things inhabited and used countless times over the years. Rendered in an incredibly skilled acrylic photo-realism, his paintings make the different country of the past seem both tangible and real. He has exhibited regularly in the Royal Hibernian Academy''s Annual Exhibition and his work is represented in private collections in Ireland, Australia, America and Europe, and included in the public collections of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Institute of Modern Art, Chicago; the Irish National Stud, AIB Dublin and London; and Artbank, Sydney.

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Walter Frederick Osborne RHA (1859-1903) The Hurdy-Gurdy Player (c.1887)

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Description: Walter Frederick Osborne RHA (1859-1903) The Hurdy-Gurdy Player (c.1887) oil on panel signed lower right h:37  w:25.50 cm. Provenance: Purchased from the Cynthia O''Connor Gallery 1980; Important Irish Art, Adam''s, Dublin 4th December 2012 Lot 62; Private Collection Exhibited: Recent Acquisitions, Cynthia O''Connor Gallery, May-June 1980, cat. no. 10; ''''Ireland: Her People and Landscape'''' The AVA Gallery, June - Sept 2012, Cat. No. 42 Literature: "Ireland: Her People and Landscape'''' Exhibition Catalogue, illustration p.49; Important Irish Art, Adam''s, Dublin, 2012, illustrared p.80-81; Walter Osborne spent much of the 1880''s dividing his time between Ireland and England. During several summers he worked in English villages and small towns, in 1887, for example, in Berkshire and Hampshire. It is possible that the present painting ''The Hurdy-Gurdy Player'' is set in Newbury, Berkshire. Osborne enjoyed observing daily village life, with a cross-section of local people going about their business: walking, shopping or plying their wares, women chatting, and children going to school, and so on. On the right side there is a group of people, including a girl with red scarf, a boy with cap and a woman with black scarf. To the left stands the hurdy-gurdy man playing his instrument and there are other figures in the background. The hurdy-gurdy was a stringed musical instrument which was played by turning a handle to produce a background drone, and the pressing of keys to play the tune. The instrument dated to the early middle ages and became popular among travelling musicians in Savoy and in the low counties in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The player and his instrument aroused the curiosity of some artists, who represented them in their paintings. In Osborne''s picture, the street is in shadow, but sunlight falls upon some upper walls and chimney stacks. The artist employs warm reddish-browns, burnt sienna and amber tones. The figures are painted skilfully, while there are deft horizontal brushstrokes in the foreground and blurred ''square-brush'' strokes in the chimney stacks. Interesting architectural features in ''The Hurdy-Gurdy Player'' are the diagonal ''hipped'' edge of the high roof, (to protect against high winds), and the tall chimney stacks. Julian Campbell, November 2016

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