Adam’s of St Stephen’s Green, in conjunction with Suzanne MacDougald, formerly of Solomon Fine Art, will be running a timed online sale of artwork to aid the Irish Red Cross’ humanitarian work for the people of Ukraine. The catalog of over 35 works is now online, with auctions ending April 7. Without reservation or auction commission, the auction will open for each lot at 50% of the low estimate. The sale hopes to raise €50,000.
Featuring Irish and international artists, Duck is a lovely bronze sculpture by Irish-Ukrainian artist Vadim Tuzov, who exhibits regularly at the Solomon Fine Art Gallery and has attracted a sizable following for his realistic little animals. Also featured is German-born artist Holger A Baehr, who lives in Co Longford and is best known in his native Germany, where his work sells for several thousand euros.
Highlights include John Behan’s large and haunting Liffey Oar Boat, a bronze with a chalky white patina, set to fetch over €5,000 and Rowan Gillespie’s Kneeling Girl, a tender nude from 1982 (€3,000 – €5,000).
For fans of Orla de Brí, Cross Bearer, which resonates with a cross of St Brigid, will interest (€1,500-€2,000) while a Louise Kennedy couture piece in the form of an evening jacket in pearl black crepe should sell for €300-€500
War Paint, Conrad Frankel’s third solo exhibition at the Olivier Cornet Gallery on Denmark Street in Dublin, opens on April 12. Until May, 20% of sales will go to the Irish Red Cross for the relief effort in Ukraine.
“When Russian forces invaded Ukraine and Putin began his ultra-violent crush, I felt compelled to turn my attention to war as an artist,” says Frankel, whose work is included in the Bank of Ireland and Office of Public Works collections. . From fleeing families and the haunting image of a pregnant woman on a stretcher, to the likeness of Vladimir Putin in his giant echo chamber, these paintings will resonate with anyone who has watched the news of the invasion.
Precarious Freedom: Crowds, Flags, Barriers, an exhibition by Belfast artist Joy Gerrard, at the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny, closes on April 3 with paintings created over the past two years. Known for her work that investigates different systems of relationships between crowds, architecture and the built environment, using Japanese ink on paper, the exhibition is curated by Aoife Ruane of the Highlanes Gallery in Drogheda, where she was presented for the first time.
With the 2021 Zurich Portrait Prize in his pocket for Me Ma Healing Me, Salvatore of Lucan (28) has a new exhibition, open now at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery on Chancery Lane in Dublin. Titled Dead Present, the show ends on April 23. The title of the exhibition refers to a painting of dead flowers by the artist, also winner of the Whyte’s Award and nominated for the Hennessy Craig Prize.
Currently open at Wexford County Council is Making and Momentum: In Conversation with Eileen Gray, a traveling exhibition curated by Richard Malone, the Irish artist and designer. It is carried out in partnership with the Cap Moderne Association, a charitable foundation created in 2014 to restore and open the Cap Moderne site in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in France. The Unesco World Heritage site contains two bastions of contemporary architecture: the seaside villa E1027 by Irish designer Eileen Gray and the Cabanon by Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier, both classified as historical monuments.
The exhibition is a celebration of Gray’s work and her global influence across many disciplines and features ceramic artist Sara Flynn; sculptor Niamh O’Malley (representing Ireland at the 2022 Venice Biennale); artist Laura Gannon; the carpet manufacturer Ceadogán; Morne Textiles; Nellie Malone, the late grandmother of Richard Malone; and an archival work by the late abstract painter Mainie Jellett.
Solomon Fine Art will host its annual Spring Group exhibition from April 7, showcasing new works from the gallery and guest artists including Margo Banks, Jean Bardon, John Behan, Leah Beggs, Tom Climent, Eamon Colman, Julie Cusack, Orla de Brí, Ana Duncan and Marguerite Egan. From Stephanie Hess’ Dancing Rabbit in Moon Dance, to Eilis O’Connell’s bronze Hole Stones, to Margaret Egan’s dark and misty Sandymount, there’s plenty to choose from for everyone.
Opening its Lisburn Road gallery in Belfast on April 9, Gormley’s Fine Art will stage an exhibition of new works by Stephen Johnson. Titled Thrones, Johnson’s modern surrealist style “aims to engage a conversation among its audience” and this experimental body of work “focuses on chairs and their meaning in a given context”.
Shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Award in 2015 and 2016, Johnson won the De Veres Art Award at the RHA in 2012 and was selected as KPMG’s Best Emerging Artist at the Royal Ulster Academy in 2016.