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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

IRISH TIMES - Michael Flatley Prepares to Enter Global Art Market

Michael Flatley, the dancer who has embarked on a new career as a painter, is to offer 25 pictures for sale in London at prices ranging from £50,000 to £250,000 (about €68,000 to €340,000).
 After testing the market by selling a few of his paintings through auction houses in Ireland, Flatley is entering the global art market through a high ­profile selling exhibition. His spokesman said the Firedance exhibition will open at 12 Hay Hill, a Mayfair club and art gallery, on June 25th and run until the end of July. The spokesman said the “timing is deliberate to coincide with Masterpiece [a major international annual art and antiques fair in London] where many international art collectors will visit”.
 Audacious move Flatley’s sale is an audacious move. Exhibitions of this type and price range in London are normally associated with well­ established artists, and although he is well known as a dancer, he is a virtual newcomer in the art world. The exhibition is being curated by Mollie Dent­Brocklehurst, one of the most influential figures in London’s art market. She previously worked for Sotheby’s and has advised major international art collectors, including Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. She is a director of Pace, a leading international contemporary art gallery with venues in London, New York and Beijing, that handles art by artists including David Hockney, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning and Pablo Picasso.
 Flatley creates his paintings by dancing on canvases, which are actually strips of marley – a type of vinyl floor covering used by tap dancers, at studios in both his Co Cork mansion, Castlehyde, and at his house in Barbados. The catalogue for Firedance says that “he paints for hours on end, for days at a time, until exhaustion” and “the speed and precision that his footwork and body movements can achieve make this innovative method of painting distinctive and the resulting image is a visceral imprint direct from the inner mind”.
Among the paintings in the exhibition are Firedance and Elvis Presley, each measuring 3ft by 3ft and priced at £100,000 (€136,000). The highest­ priced piece, a huge 12ft by 5ft painting titled The Slow March of Death – part of a series inspired by the Famine – is priced at £250,000. These prices are comparable to those routinely paid for the most sought­ after Irish artists such as Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry and Sir John Lavery.
 Speaking to The Irish Times, Flatley said he was “not expecting massive success” but just wanted the public to see his art and “let the chips fall where they may”.

His art first came to light in 2011 when he donated a painting titled I to an auction organised by Sheppard’s to raise funds for Dublin’s Christ Church Cathedral. It sold for €5,600. In 2013, he presented The Walking Dead, an abstract depiction of victims of the Famine, to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who accepted it on behalf of the State. Location unknown The painting was displayed in the Taoiseach’s office and was seen by visiting dignitaries including IMF chief Christine Lagarde, but its current location is unknown. In April this year, his painting titled The Power was sold at Morgan O’Driscoll Auctioneers art auction in the RDS in Dublin to an “international buyer” for €77,500, one of the highest prices paid for a painting in Ireland so far this year.

IRISH TIMES 09.06.2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Video highlights from London Irish Art 2015

Watch highlights from the wonderful London Irish Art event held in Westminster in January 2015.

The event celebrates many of the incredible Irish artists living in London alongside some of the best of young Irish artists over from Ireland. Hear from Hughie O'Donoghue about his trips to Ireland in his youth from Manchester and how those experiences influenced his painting and from Michael Flatley on how painting is such a wonderful way for him to express himself. The Art was of an amazingly high standard and everyone had a fantastic evening.

Monday, January 5, 2015

London Irish Art exhibition 2015 to include new works by Mr. Michael Flatley

This years' London Irish Art exhibition to be held at Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London 14th - 17th January 2015 will include new works by 'Lord of the Dance' star Mr. Michael Flatley

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London Irish Art Exhibition Official Opening Thursday 15th January @ 6pm

The official opening of the London Irish Art exhibition 2015 will take place on Thursday 15th January at Central Hall, Storey's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9NH

Minister for Diaspora Mr Jimmy Deenihan and H.E. Ambassador Dan Mulhall will officially open the exhibition, to be followed by a talk from international artist Hughie O'Donoghue

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

London Irish Art Exhibition January 2015 to be officially opened by Minister Jimmy Deenihan

I look forward to launching the exhibition. The promotion of Irish culture through the work of Irish visual artists will form a very important part of my Diaspora Strategy which is due to be launched early in the New Year

 – Minister for Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan T.D.

Friday, October 17, 2014

London Calling for Irish Artists and Poets ahead of Exhibition

THE organisers of the next London Irish Art exhibition have issued a call out for Irish visual artists (painting, mixed media, sculpture) and Irish poets living in Britain.
London Irish Art organiser’s Martin Davis (Sol Art Gallery) and Patrick Keegan (Solo Arte) will take over 3,000 square feet of space in the historic Central Hall Westminster next year to showcase the best of Irish visual and literary artists, giving them the chance to promote and showcase their work to the public.
The exhibition will take place from January 14-17, opened by Minister for Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan.
Winners for the art competition will be granted as £2,000 prize, while winners of the poetry competition will be published in a limited edition book.
“As London holds the largest Irish Diaspora in the world, this exhibition endeavours to represent an ongoing dialogue between these two countries.
“Striving to build ties and cultural relations with the Irish art scene in Britain, this event is organised to provide artists with cross border exposure,” explains Martin Davis.
The exhibition will also present works by the celebrated Irish artist Louis Le Brocquy, as well as Francis O’Toole and renowned Irish sculptors John Behan and Aidan Harte, and Dingle painter Liam O’Neill.
London-based Irish artists will be represented by Aisling Conroy, Kevin McAleenan and Niall Leavy.
A total of 50 per cent of the artists participating will be sourced from the Irish Diaspora living in Britain.
Artists and poets should email for details. Deadline for submissions is November 30 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Business Art is the step that comes after Art”, Andy Warhol

The unprecedented development of the art market over the past few years has resulted in the ‘financialisation’ of the art market. Art is now seen not only as an object of pleasure, however, also as a new alternative asset class with interesting business opportunities.
Meanwhile, the globalisation of culture has lead art organisations and cultural related companies to confront a number of strategic issues critical to reaching their goals.
Such developments make the need for specialised services to support them apparent.

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