Patrick Morrison, who has died aged 68, was born in Cork into an artistic and musical family. He was the youngest child of Edmund Morrison and (...)

Paleolithic cave paintings at Lascaux in southwest France

From cute cats and winsome dogs, to large-eyed cows and rearing horses: caught between the over-sentimental and the purely representational, it can be(...)

Boléro Violet by  Henri Matisse which will be sold at Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern and Surreal Art sale on February 5th with a top estimate of €10 million

A torrent of money was poured into the international art market last year and the spending looks set to continue in 2014. This week, Christie’s report(...)

Adam’s sold The Potato Diggers by Paul Henry for €400,000, a record price at auction for the artist.

The international art and antiques market is booming. During 2013 many auction records were smashed and the global super-rich spent billions on trophy(...)

Sensory healing

If the thought of seeing large clouds in the form of smiley faces floating over the city spires appeals to your inner child – or your outer adult, for(...)

Tow Path (2001) by TP Flanagan, included in SB Kennedy’s TP Flanagan: Painter of Light and Landscape

GEMMA TIPTON What would you like in your stocking? I have been lusting after a set of Irish artist John Gerrard’s Bone Cutlery for years. They’d fit n(...)

A member of Christie’s staff looks at Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucien Freud in London prior to its sale. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

Following the art auction results at Christie’s and Sotheby’s can feel like watching the Olympics before the clampdown on illegal drugs. It’s no fun, (...)

Maiden Hurdle, Clonmel by Peter Curling, €15,000-€25,000 at Whyte’s

This week’s auctions of post-war and contemporary art in New York saw vast sums spent by bidders at Christie’s and Sotheby’s for paintings by artists (...)

At Sotheby’s, Geneva, ‘The Pink Star’, the  59.6-carat internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond, sold for $81.3 million (€60.5 million) and was immediately renamed The ‘Pink Dream’ by its new owner

Francis Bacon, “that man who paints those dreadful pictures”, as Margaret Thatcher famously described him, has had the last laugh from beyond the grav(...)

Andy Warhol’s artwork ‘Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)’ is displayed while being auctioned at Sotheby’s.  Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Art collectors dug deep into their pockets on Wednesday and smashed records for a second straight night as Sotheby’s held the biggest auction in its h(...)