The Watercolour Society of Ireland – 165th Annual Exhibition
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Whyte’s RDS Irish & International Art Sale
Royal Dublin Society, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin .4.
A sale full of quality and many of the big names of Irish Art are represented.
Amongst the 211 Lots are fine landscapes by William Percy French, James Humbert Craig, Paul Henry, Maurice Canning Wilks, portraits by William Orpen, Seán O’Sullivan, Paul Nietsche, and Harry Kernoff. There’s also a fair dollop of Abstract rubbish in the sale including two Jack B Yeats works both of which carry the top estimates in the sale of €100,000 – €150,000 and which will undoubtedly reach or surpass their reserves.
Lot.9.”A Kerry Bog” 1934/35, oil on canvas (16″ x 18″) by Paul Henry which carries an estimate of €60/80,000.
Lot.19. “A Passage is Required” 1953, oil on board (9″ x 14″) by Jack Butler Yeats – Est: €100/150,000.
The star of the sale, for me, is the Harry Kernoff portrait of Aer Lingus Pilot, Captain John Tweddle (pictured below) which has an interesting back story.
Born in 1917, John Lawson Tweddle was a keen sportsman, winning medals for activities as diverse as diving and athletics, and being capped for Ulster rugby on at least four occasions. During World War II he served with the RAF and was made Flight Lieutenant. After the war, he worked for Aer Lingus and was one of the first pilots to fly BAC 1-11 jets in the early sixties. He was a close friend of Harry Kernoff. The painting comes with a copy of a 1965 newspaper article from the Daily Express, featuring Captain Tweddle who was shortly to appear in a musical. The paper reported that Tweddle (the “Singing Skipper”) was being allowed a week’s leave from Aer Lingus in order to play the part of Sultan Ali Ben Ali in the airline company’s own production of the “Desert Song”. Ref.Whytes.
Lot.42. “Portrait of Aer Lingus Pilot, John Tweddle” 1960, pastel (13.5″ x 10″), Harry Kernoff – Est: €800/1,200.
Viewing: Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th March from 10.00am – 6.00pm daily
Watercolour Society of Ireland – Annual Exhibition – Dublin – 17th/30th September
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64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition
Just browsing the recently announced results of the 64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition and it would really give you great hope for the future of genuine art in Ireland. Hardly anything abstract and masses of really superb paintings. Hopefully all this natural talent will not be derailed for those who go on to study Art at 3rd level.
The overall 1st Prize winner was Hetty Lawlor (18) from the Sacred Heart School in Westport, County Mayo. Her painting “Gráinne” is just stunning!
“Gráinne” by Hetty Lawlor – winner of the 1st Prize.
I was also very taken by “Still Life Study” by Amy Zhao (13) from Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone in County Westmeath; and “Skyline” by Natalia Connolly (13) from Presentation College, Askea in County Carlow – both of which received Special Merit Awards.
Above – in the Children with Special Needs category “The Man with Many Names” by Ryan Donnelly (17) from Belfast also received a richly deserved Special Merit Award.
Check out all the galleries and results on the Texaco website here: www.texacochildrensart.com
And if that’s not enough for you, don’t forget to drop in for a look at my own rapidly expanding “Art For Art’s Sake!” site at www.irishartindex.wordpress.com