Irish Art in London

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | January 22, 2016 0



Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Catherine O’Riordan & Norman Ackroyd

Irish Art has a dedicated following in London both from expats and British based buyers who appreciate the innovative and different vibe from their creative neighbours on the Emerald Isle.

So many serious and occasional collectors are beating a path to the Business Design Centre in Islington, North London, where the 28th edition of the London Art Fair takes place from 20-24 January 2016. The Fair is the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art Fair and this year it has a stand out representation of Irish Art at Stand G41 from SO Fine Art.sonorman-home-thumb

Led by its engaging and dynamic MD, Catherine O’Rordan, SO Fine Art Editions is exhibiting works commemorating the 150th anniversary of WB Yeats’ birth entitled “A lonely impulse of delight.” SO Fine Art has livened up the Dublin Art Scene by blending engaging works from both established Irish based artists and new emerging talent driven by the fine eye for quality of its founders. It stocks an eclectic assortment of Paintings, prints, ceramics and sculpture. It is not a stuffy operation but makes these works accessible through its retail gallery just off Dublin’s famous Grafton Street at 10, South Anne Street, its website and touring exhibitions.LondonArtlondonart2


Vincent Sheridan, And Evening. In response to ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’ by WB Yeats

At the London Art Fair the exhibition was launched by a man with a keen eye for history, poetry and art, Ireland’s energetic Ambassador in London, Daniel Mulhall and a talk by artist Hughie O’Donoghue on the inspiration for his piece. Dan shares a real love of Yeats’ poetry and has been a very active and visible ambassador for Ireland in London dealing with both the Queen’s historic visit to Ireland and the hugely successful return State Visit to England by President Michael D. Higgins, both groundbreaking events in Anglo-Irish relations. He has reached out in a real way to the Irish community in the UK and been an effective advocate for Irish Culture and Business here.

SO Fine Art Editions celebrated the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth with its prestigious exhibition titled ‘A lonely impulse of delight’ featuring original works from Ireland’s top writers and artists. This exhibition is part of the official ‘Yeats 2015’ celebrations and incorporates the works of 30 artists and writers.


Stephen Lawlor, In Memory. In response to ‘In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markievicz’ by WB Yeats

Inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats, these visual artists and authors have created original works in fine art print, photography, sculpture and the written word. Among the participants are: John Banville, Colm Tóibín, Edna O’Brien, Paul Muldoon, Eavan Boland, Donald Teskey, Hughie O’Donoghue, Richard Gorman, Martin Gale, John Behan, Norman Ackroyd, Lars Nyberg, Diana Copperwhite, Amelia Stein, Michael Canning, Ed Miliano and Barbara Rae.

This exhibition  includes items of historic and artistic interest from Cuala Press, which was set up in 1908 by Elizabeth and Lilly Yeats with the support of their brother William Butler. Cuala Press played an important role in the Irish Literary Revival of the early 20th century and was also crucial to the subsequent development of printmaking in Ireland.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree – print by Cuala Press run by Elizabeth & Lilly Yeats @culture_ireland

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The exhibition celebrates that visual-literary link by bringing some of Ireland’s foremost printmakers, painters, sculptors and photographers together with some of Ireland’s most renowned writers. The intention is to bring W.B. Yeats to contemporary audiences through the work of living artists and writers. sostand

The exhibition is produced by SO Fine Art Editions and opened in their gallery on November 26th, 2015. The show is then touring in Ireland and internationally, starting in Sligo, in December, 2015. The international tour will include venues in the USA, Sweden, UK, France and Japan.

So get down to the Business Design Centre to catch this engaging exhibition celebrating Ireland’s creative art scene and its favourite poet William Butler Yeats who has reached out to the world with his imagery.

London Art Fair, 20-24 January 2016, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

SO Fine Art Editions, 10 South Anne Street , Dublin 2, Ireland

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