Irish Art in London

The Art of a Nation – Irish Works from the Allied Irish Banks and Crawford Art Gallery Collections, Mall Galleries, London SW1, until 31st May 2015

On The Run, War of Independence - 1921 © Séan Keating Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery / AIB Collection

On The Run, War of Independence – 1921
© Séan Keating
Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery / AIB Collection

On seeing this hugely enjoyable exhibition the viewer may well wonder why this is the first major celebration of Irish Art in London for over thirty years. The featured works are drawn from the collection of Allied Irish Bank and cover a wide range of media – paintings, photography, tapestry, sculptures and video.

Corpus Christi Procession - c. 1908 © Aloysius O'Kelly Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery / AIB Collection

Corpus Christi Procession – c. 1908
© Aloysius O’Kelly
Courtesy Crawford Art Gallery
/ AIB Collection

 The story of the last one hundred and twenty-five years of Irish Art examines the work of seventy of the country’s noted artists, including Sir John Lavery, Jack B. Yeats, Sean Scully, Caroline McCarthy and self-taught Shane Blount.

It’s a Blue Giraffe – 2007  © Shane Blount Courtesy AIB Collection

It’s a Blue Giraffe – 2007
© Shane Blount
Courtesy AIB Collection

I totally agree with what, Richard Pym, the AIB Chairman, says “The AIB collection is regarded as one of the finest in Ireland, scrupulously put together over more than three decades. We are delighted that the public in Britain has this opportunity to see the depth of Ireland’s culture and heritage”.

Still Life - c. 1959  © Norah McGuinness Courtesy AIB Collection

Still Life – c. 1959
© Norah McGuinness
Courtesy AIB Collection

http://www.mallgalleries.org.uk

One comment on “Irish Art in London

  1. hope brooks says:

    They, the little that is shown here, look totally lovely.

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