50 Works of Irish Art You Need to Know

50 Works of Irish Art You Need to Know

50 Works of Irish Art You Need to Know by Síghle Bhreathnach-Lynch There are days when it seems we’ve reached peak list-mania in an online environment crowded with top ten, must-see and do-before-you-die compilations. Personal chart-style offerings are prevalent in...
James Barry’s Murals… by William L Pressly

James Barry’s Murals… by William L Pressly

James Barry’s Murals at the Royal Society of Arts: Envisioning a New Public Art By William L Pressly Cork University Press, €49 £40 HB, 384 pages The premise of William Pressly’s book on the London murals of Irish-born artist James Barry has the ring of a mystery...
Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art

Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art

Lines of Vision, Irish Writers on Art – Edited by Janet McLean Thames and Hudson, £19.95 HB The National Gallery of Ireland curator Janet McLean set no small task when she asked fifty six Irish writers to pick an artwork from the collection and write. One...
The Interview by Patricia O’Reilly

The Interview by Patricia O’Reilly

The Interview by Patricia O’Reilly, New Island, 2014. There is a scene, towards the end of Patricia O’Reilly’s clever book, in which the Irish designer Eileen Gray manicures her nails as she makes the final, terrible decision to transfer legal ownership of her...
Patrick Pye, life and work by Brian McAvera

Patrick Pye, life and work by Brian McAvera

Patrick Pye, life and work – A counter-cultural story By Brian McAvera Four Courts Press, Hardback, €35 “I was brought up between two females…. My mother seemed to me perfectly normal and my granny seemed rather sad and quiet.” That is how the artist...
Ink-Stained Hands by Brian Lalor

Ink-Stained Hands by Brian Lalor

Ink-Stained Hands, Graphic Studio Dublin and The Origins of Fine-Art Printmaking in Ireland By Brian Lalor, The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 2011. The story of the Graphic Studio Dublin is one so riven with ego-clashes and fallings out that it is remarkable Ireland’s...

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