Dublin is a lovely city. On a recent short trip I walked around the Merrion Square park, which was full of wonderful spring flowers. A cheeky sculpture of Oscar Wilde sits atop a large rock.
Luckily I had time to visit the National Gallery, but only the ground floor—still, there was some beautiful art to be seen.
Here’s a few highlights:
Large panels by Hughie O’Donoghue
This monumental work is called Original Sins, and was presented as part of the the National Gallery’s contribution to the Decade of Centenaries. It comprises six large panels in mixed media (paint, photo trace, industrial tarpaulin), which the artist likes to compare to tapestry.
I found a detail of this portrait of Sir Charles Kemeys-Tynte by Thomas Frye fascinating: namely the powder which has fallen from his wig onto the shoulders of his coat.
The Opening of the Sixth Seal, by Francis Danby, looks like a scene from The Lord of the Rings!
I put the photos of the wonderful stained glass works by Evie Hone and Michael Healy RHA into a previous post
Finally, an absolutely stunning sculpture by young artist Joseph Walsh. It was made from olive ash, and even from close, the seams in the wood were invisible. You can tell the scale of it by the person standing beside it. I would love to visit hos studio and see how he does it—he also makes furniture.
The park was full of tulips