The Stretch. Acrylic 20x20cm by John Nolan
John Nolan was born and raised in Dublin and now lives north of the city centre in Drumcondra. He is a second-generation artist, having been exposed to art from an early age by his father. The backyard studio in which he works is covered wall-to-wall with a colourful collection of acrylic paintings, and it also contains his workspace and a teaching area. He shares his passion for painting with many. In addition to teaching adult painting classes, John also participates in special projects at several elementary schools in the area. His work is easily recognizable, and is known throughout Ireland and internationally, having been exhibited in many countries as well as in the U.S. In 2003, he won the distinguished honor of representing Ireland at the Biennale Internazionale Dell ‘Arte Contemporanea in Florence, Italy. His work is in many public and private collections throughout the world. The subject of John’s work is colour. He explores colour through his stylized, contemporary and abstract styles. His paintings have been inspired by many artists. His father, in particular, was a huge influence on and source of inspiration for his work. John’s paintings transmit a positive, upbeat feeling to the viewer. For John, art is a visual language, an important means of communication. He creates each piece as a unique experience.
Untitled. (mixed media) by Anthony O’Carroll
Following his studies at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin born Anthony O’Carroll (born 1942) moved to Scandinavia to study at the Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki and the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Art in Stockholm. From the mid 1960s on, O’Carroll had solo shows in Dublin at the Molesworth Gallery and David Hendriks Gallery, and continued to exhibit in Sweden where his work was equally in demand. He also exhibited at group shows in London, Germany and across Eastern Europe. Collections that house his work include the Arts Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Swedish Arts Council and the National Museum in Stockholm.
Continetal Village and River Scene. Watercolour 45x57cm by William Bingham McGuinness RHA
William Bingham McGuinness (1849-1928) was a landscape painter who began his career as an architect, exhibiting architectural designs at the Royal Hibernian Academy. It was during his apprenticeship that he began taking painting classes at the RHA where he discovered his passion for painting, travelling to Dusseldorf to pursue further study of the profession. When he returned to Dublin he devoted his time fully towards painting, exhibiting with the RHA and the Royal Academy in London.
Village Scene. Watercolour 38x28cm by Maurice Canning Wilks
Maurice Canning Wilks (1910–1984) was an Irish landscape painter. Born in Belfast in 1910 to a linen designer, he was educated in Belfast at the Malone Public School and attended evening classes at the Belfast College of Art. While attending college he was awarded the Dunville Scholarship allowing him to attend day classes. He went on to exhibit at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in Dublin where he would one day become an associate member. He was also elected a full member of the Royal Ulster Academy (RUA).
After college, Wilks resided in Cushendun, in the Glens of Antrim. Wilks’s early landscapes were mainly of the Irish northern and western counties including Donegal, Antrim and Kerry. He was inspired by the Irish landscapes of James Humbert Craig. During his career he went on to exhibit internationally in London, Boston, Montreal and Toronto. In his later years he maintained a summer studio at Sutton where he painted many scenes of the area including Dublin Bay. His works are in public collections throughout the world including the Ulster Museum, Armagh County Museum, the Ulster Folk and Transportation Museum, the Office of Public Works in Dublin and the Limerick City Art Gallery. Wilks died in 1984.
“The Travellers (watercolour) by C.E Kelly
Charles Edward Kelly (15 June 1902 – 20 January 1981) was an Irish cartoonist, and one of the founders and editors of the satirical magazine Dublin Opinion. His prolific contributions to the magazine were drawn in a variety of styles, from cartoony to illustrative. Kelly joined the Irish civil service as a messenger boy at the age of 15. At the age of 19 he, fellow cartoonist Arthur Booth, a 28-year-old clerk, and writer Tom Collins, founded Dublin Opinion in 1922, on the eve of the Irish Civil War, with Booth becoming its first editor. Kelly had no formal art training, and developed his style by studying the work of the leading cartoonists of the time. After Booth’s death in 1926, Kelly co-edited the magazine with Collins, while continuing to work in the civil service, eventually becoming Director of Broadcasting and Director of National Savings. Kelly’s cartoons were also published in The Capuchin Annual from 1942 to 1955. He began painting watercolours in the 1930s, and became a member of the Dublin Sketching Club and the Water Colour Society of Ireland: he exhibited over 60 pieces at the latter from 1941 to 1980, and had a solo exhibition of his watercolours in Dublin in 1972. After Collins’ death Kelly struggled on with Dublin Opinion for a few years, before it was voluntarily wound up in 1968. He received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland in 1979, and was president and chairman of PEN.
His eldest son, Frank, was an actor best known for playing Father Jack in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted. His daughter, Pauline Bracken, is a journalist who wrote a memoir, Light of Other Days: A Dublin Childhood, published in 1992.
Portrait of a Girl (mixed media) by Katerzyna Gajewska
“The Music Session”
“The girlfriend of Frankenstein”
“A Good Catch”
“Tender moon with dragon”
“Rustic Gate, Donegal”
“Fruit and Dresser”
Nomis (Simon Meyer)
Georgiana H. Filgate
Kenyan – unknown artist
Kenyan – unknown artist
Kenyan – unknown artist
“”The Broken Strap””
“Portrait De Melissa”
John J. Bannon
“Feeding the Chickens, Rossglass, Co. Down”
“Awakening landscape: Green-Blue”
B. K. Reilly
“Crescent Quay Wexford”
Arthur K Madderson
“Market Day Ganges”
25cm x 18 cm (10″x7″)
55cm x 40cm (16″x22″)