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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.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Hayfield Manor 8th October Introduction to technical tax issues on investments, real assets & art

Upcoming Event - 8th October 2015 Hayfield Manor Hosted by Solo Arte in conjunction with The K Gallery
‘Introduction to technical tax issues on investments, real assets & art’

Presentations by 
Mr. Brian Flanagan, Investment Consultant, Cork – Overview of the Investment Market
Mr. Tom Stapleton, Tax Consultant, Stapleton & Associates, Cork – Wear & Tear Allowance (s. 284 TCA 1997)

Artwork will be exhibited on the night by the following Artists:
Liam O'Neill, James Brohan, Michael Flatley, Arthur Maderson and JB Vallely.
If interested in attending this event please contact Pat on 086 171 9096

Capital Allowance
Wear & Tear - Legislation S284 TCA 1997 states:
Section 1
A trader who incurs capital expenditure on machinery or plant is entitled to a wear and tear allowance if the asset is in use for the purpose of his trade at the end of the basic period for the tax year.

Section 2
The annual wear and tear allowance is 12.5% on a straight line basis. Where a corporate or individual tax payer buys a work of art and displays it at their business premises for the purpose of promoting their business, the work of art is treated as machinery or plant, and is eligible for the annual wear and tear allowance of 12.5%.

Your accountant should be consulted with regard to all intended art related investments and where deemed necessary be approved by the Revenue Commissioners

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Michael Flatley's paintings generate sales of €1 million

'The Tempest'
Michael Flatley 
Acrylic on Marley Board
99cm x 100cm
Michael Parsons

Irish Times Tue, Aug 4, 2015

Retired dancer's art career has taken flight following his debut exhibition in London

Paintings by Michael Flatley have generated sales of more than €1 million since the former dancer's debut exhibition in London last month. The original star of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance has embarked on a new career as a painter, and his first selling exhibition of paintings entitled Firedance took place at 12 Hay Hill, a club and art gallery in the exclusive Mayfair district.

At least 12 of the paintings sold, for an average price of £52,000 (€74,000). Negotiations are continuing regarding further sales. As is customary, the names of the buyers have not been revealed, although one of the paintings is understood to have been acquired by the Hotel Cafe Royal - a five-star establishment on Regent Street. Among the paintings sold at the exhibition were The Grand National and The Gouldian's Perch.

Private commission
In addition, Flatley has received a private commission worth £100,000 (€142,000) from a Middle East client to create a painting and, according to his spokesman, "has received several offers from galleries and agents who want to represent him" in the international art market. Before the exhibition opened in London, Flatley told The Irish Times he was "not expecting massive success", but just wanted the public to see his art and "let the chips fall where they may".

The exhibition was curated by Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, a director of Pace - a leading international contemporary art gallery with venues in London, New York and Beijing - and one of the most influential figures in the global art market.

A guest list for the opening of the London exhibition included golfer Paul McGinley; the Duke of Rutland's daughter, Lady Violet Manners; HRH Princess Alia Al Senussi (described as a member of the Libyan royal family in exile); and Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Eugenie of York, who has recently started working with Hauser & Wirth, a Savile Row art gallery.

Flatley creates his paintings by dancing on canvases (strips of marley - a type of linoleum floor covering used on stage by dancers). According to a press release issued about the exhibition, "Flatley substitutes traditional paintbrushes with dance movements to create strong energetic, choreographed abstract compositions", which "mirror the art form for which he is most famous and hereby capture the mystical, performative aspect of his dancing practice".

Flatley has retired from dancing but continues to tour the world with his hugely successful stage show, Lord of the Dance - Dangerous Games which is currently in New Zealand.
His spokesman said Flatley "is currently in the southern hemisphere", but intends to continue painting at studios in both his Co Cork mansion, Castlehyde, and at his house in Barbados.

Flatley's career as a painter first came to light when he tested the market by consigning a handful of paintings to art auctions in Ireland. In April this year, his painting The Power sold at a Morgan O'Driscoll Auctioneers auction in the RDS in Dublin for €77,500.

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

For further details please contact or visit our website
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Pauline Bewick
Patrick Cahill
Martin Finnin
Franz Lettner
Arthur Maderson
TJ Miles
Margit Piffer
Franz Posch
Anna Maria Rossi-Zen
Alfons Walde
Kenneth Webb
Susan Webb
Johann Weinhart
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