Unusual Paul Henry painting added to Morgan O’Driscoll’s autumn sale

Unlike most of Henry’s west of Ireland works, Cottages on Achill Sound faces out to sea

A late consignment of a Paul Henry painting has now been added to the Morgan O’Driscoll auction, ending October 24th. The work, Cottages on Achill Sound, from circa 1930-1933, is described as “one of Paul Henry’s finest west of Ireland scenes” by Peter Murray, the former curator and director of the Crawford Gallery in Cork. Expected to fetch €100,000-€150,000, the oil, which has never been offered at auction before, differs from other works the artist painted on Achill.

“While most of Henry’s views of Connemara and Mayo include mountains, in this work he has turned away from the land, and faced towards the ocean,” writes Murray in catalogue notes.

Dolan’s Autumn Art Auction

Ending this Monday, October 9th, is Dolan’s autumn art auction of Irish paintings, silver and rare Irish whiskeys. The timed online sale of established and emerging artists has almost 300 lots, with highlights including a collection of 11 Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskeys 2014-2023, estimated at €8,000-€10,000.

At €6,000-€8,000 is Pink Roses by Patrick Leonard, which has the same estimate as Cecil Maguire’s Lifting Hay, Roundstone. Also featured are works by Kenneth Butler Evans, who was related to Jack B and William Butler Yeats through his parents. Although having made the decision to become an artist at the age of nine, it wasn’t until the age of 47 that he took up painting full time. A common feature in Evans’s work is that of wax and egg emulsion, and he worked as an illustrator and cartoonist in the 1950s and 1960s with Skippy, a tug boat skipper, in the Sunday Express.


From fashion to art

A new body of work by John Redmond, a former creative director of Brown Thomas, will be on view at Gormley’s gallery in Dublin from October 12th to 29th. Entitled Lifelines, it is the culmination of Redmond’s past decade of painting, “drawing on memories, feelings and past exhibitions”. Redmond stepped down from Brown Thomas two years ago to focus on his geometric works, and now, having turned 60, he marks the occasion with his first exhibition at Gormleys.

Gormleys has also been busy with One Charlemont Square, a new office building, where more than 150 artworks will be on display, including an exhibition of 25 original Andy Warhol screen-prints until October 29th. Taking place in a 20,000sq ft hall in the newly developed Charlemont Square in Dublin 2, works by Damien Hirst, Salvador Dalí, Banksy and David Hockney will be showcased, alongside art by Jean Michel Basquiat and Irish artists Patrick O’Reilly, Gordon Harris and Martin Mooney.

Diana Copperwhite

Also running this week is Sounding of Silhouettes, a solo exhibition by Diana Copperwhite of watercolours and small paintings from her Notes on Lightness, Notes on Darkness series, running at Kevin Kavanagh Contemporary Art Gallery on Chancery Lane in Dublin 8 until October 28th. Works by the Limerick-born artist have been described as creating “an exquisite tension between abstraction and figuration of any kind”, while her spectral bands have become a trademark of her larger works. morganodriscoll.com, dolansart.com, gormleys.ie, kevinkavanagh.ie

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables