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Thursday, September 15, 2016

JOHN HAYES - Special Branch Carvings - What a talented man!

Special Branch Carvings are based in Fenor, County Waterford and specialise in hand carved wooden sculptures.
John Hayes will be demonstrating his handcrafted wooden sculptures at the Ploughing Championships again this year.  John uses a range of chainsaws to complete his work and it is intriguing to watch him create his magnificent pieces. John transformed a tree, which had fallen victim to storm damage in Fenor, Waterford, in the blessed virgin surrounded by 3 angels. It created so much attention that Nationwide wanted to tell the amazing story of his vision to come up with this idea for the tree.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Gottfried Helnwein's painting 'The Disaster of War 47' was estimated between £30,000 - 50,000 in Sotheby's Irish art auction yesterday 13.9.2016. 
The actual hammer price including buyers premium for the painting was £115,000 !!!!

In the same auction an oil on linen painting by Irish artist Martin Finnin was estimated between £5,000 - 7,000 and reached £ 6,250 including buyers premium.


Afternoon Tea at the Shelbourne
Inspired by the artist Michael Flatley

The impeccable tradition of afternoon tea continues in the Lord Mayor’s Lounge at The Shelbourne, where this most pleasurable of rituals at Dublin’s favourite five-star hotel takes an artistic turn, with the dynamic new Afternoon Tea inspired by the artist Michael Flatley.

Beloved and renowned for his talents on stage as a dancer, Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley is also an accomplished artist.  Using the dexterity and precision of his footwork in a very different way he creates large-scale abstract paintings by combining his dancing with paint, moving across the canvas to create extraordinary artworks with the controlled steps and expressive gestures of his feet.   

The Lord Mayor’s Lounge is delighted to host an exhibition showcasing a selection of Michael Flatley’s artistic creations, the largest public display of his work and first in Ireland to date. It is this selection of paintings which have formed the inspiration for the pastry team’s talented responses to them, as part of this exciting afternoon tea menu inspired by the artist Michael Flatley.

Captivated by Michael Flatley’s unique art collection – the pastry team’s own artistic impulses have been triggered by the colours, textures and themes of his paintings to create desserts inspired by Elvis, Playful, The Grand National and Nella Fantasia.

Elvis has inspired a salted caramel mousse, raspberry compote and dark chocolate mousse encased in a dark chocolate glaze, the vivid colours of Playful have led to a strawberry macaroon filled with strawberry vanilla cheesecake, rhubarb compote and strawberry pâte de fruit, the image of The Grand National has influenced a caramelised éclair filled with mango passion mousse with coconut ganache, and the energy of Nella Fantasia has sparked the creation of an almond frangipane tartlet and pistachio pot crème with mixed berries.

With the inspiration for the perfectly made pâtisserie surrounding you in The Lord Mayor’s Lounge, there are two entirely different forms of creativity to be enjoyed – the talents of the pastry team and those of the exceptional artist, coming together in a unique combination of imagination, skill, and culinary expertise.

Launching on September 6th in The Shelbourne in the presence of the artist, Afternoon Tea inspired by the artist Michael Flatley is available daily at The Shelbourne for €49 per person for Classic Afternoon Tea and €64 for Champagne Afternoon Tea, and runs from September 6th to November 22nd, returning in 2017 from January 2nd to April 3rd.

For bookings and enquires call +353 1 6634500 or for more information see

The Shelbourne,
27 St Stephen's Green,
Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6634500

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Vintage Bewick Collection

A selection of works by internationally renowned artist Pauline Bewick, spanning 5 decades of her life.
For a catalogue please contact

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Art Market: Recovery in Ireland while International Boom Continues

The art market: recovery in Ireland while international boom continues
Auctioneers confidence restored as demand returns
Michael Parsons
Irish Times
Saturday January 2nd 2016
The past 12 months saw a recovery in the Irish market and a continuing boom in international art and antique sales. Auctioneers face 2016 with confidence for the first time since the economic crash in 2008. But the year ahead will likely be as unpredictable as the one just past.
The Irish art market 
All the main auction houses reported a recovery in demand for Irish art during 2015 – in line with the economic recovery. The big end-of-year auctions had sold rates averaging 80 per cent although prices remain much lower than during the boom years.
Auctioneers complained of a shortage in the supply of top-quality art and a frequently-cited reason was that owners were reluctant to sell – perhaps for the same reason that purchasers want to buy – with deposit rates so low, many collectors seem to regard art as a good ‘alternative’ investment.
The highest price paid for a painting at auction in Ireland in 2015 was for Man in a Train Thinking by Jack B Yeats which sold for €220,000 at a de Veres auction in December.
The runner-up was Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers whereBusiness – also by Jack B Yeats – made €210,000 in December. At Whyte’s, the top lot was Portrait of Gladys Cooper by Sir William Orpen which sold for €175,000 in May. At Adam’s, the highest price achieved was for Roundstone, Connemara by Jack B Yeats which sold for €58,000 in May. Almost overnight, Michael Flatley became one of the most expensive living Irish artists. One of his paintings, featured onThe Late Late Show and titled The Power sold for €177,500 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s art auction in the RDS in May and Flatley later held his debut selling exhibition in London.
Irish antiques, collectibles and jewellery auctions 
Not for the first time, the highest price paid at auction was achieved for a Chinese lot. At Sheppard’s auction of the contents of Capard House, Rosenallis, Co Laois, in September, a couple who had travelled from Beijing especially for the auction, successfully bid €560,000 for Chinese porcelain. In February, a ‘Native American’ outfit, brought home to an aristocratic ‘Big House’ in Co Kilkenny more than 100 years ago, sold for €320,000 at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers, trouncing the top pre-sale estimate of €6,000.
The outfit (a hide Poncho War Shirt, “with original hand painted native designs”; hide leggings; an original-hand painted and beaded Head Dress with feathers; and a “sheep hide, “bead-decorated purse”) was bought on the telephone by an unnamed bidder in the US.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Art Sale, Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Cork

Venue: Maryborough Hotel, Cork
Date: Sunday 6th December 2015
Time: 12-6pm
Admission: Free

Solo Arte Gallery is delighted to announce details of it’s Christmas Art Sale in the Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Cork. The event will take place on Sunday 6th December 12-6pm in the Newenham. Entrance is free and a large number of affordable paintings will be available for under €1,000 many with up to 50% off. Solo Arte is delighted to be joining forces on the day with The K Gallery located in Douglas, Cork. Art makes a wonderful gift  and with Christmas coming, this is a great opportunity to pick up something special for your loved ones.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Private Art Viewing and Presentation on Investing in Art

The K Gallery and Solo Arte would like to invite you and a guest to a Private Art Viewing and Presentation on Investing in Art on Thursday 3rd December at 6.30pm. The event takes place in the InterContinental Hotel (Formerly The Four Seasons), Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (Junior Ballroom).

Michael Flatley
New Year's Eve
Acrylic on Marley Board 98cm x 99cm

Presentations will take place on the night by:
  • Mr. Brian Flanagan, Investment Consultant – Overview of the Investment Market & Art as an Alternative Asset Class
  • Mr. Joe Cunnane, FCA Chartered Accountant & AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, TRA Professional Services – Tax Treatment for Self Employed persons who invest in Art.
Arthur Maderson
After a Shower, Place de a Comedie
Oil on Board 87cm x 120cm
There will be a number of Paintings and Sculptures on display by leading Artists such as James Brohan, Arthur Maderson, Kenneth Webb, Liam O'Neill, Tony O'Connor and Michael Flatley.

Drinks and canapés will be served.

Please RSVP by 30th November to:


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