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Past Exhibition

In Residence - October 2015


Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm

Exhibition continues until 31st October at Six Fitzroy Square, London W1T 5DX


Oliver Sears Gallery is pleased to present their first major London exhibition.

Entitled In Residence, this exhibition, curated by Brian Kennedy, will showcase work by 29 of Ireland's most accomplished artistic talents representing different genres: painting, photography, sculpture and applied arts. The exhibition is presented in the Georgian splendour of Six Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5DX.

In Residence brings the best of Irish contemporary fine and applied art to a new platform in London. Many of the works on show show are of museum quality, and will interest art collectors who may not otherwise be aware of the rich and diverse vein of talent that resides here in Ireland.

Among the highlights of the exhibition will be the first public viewing of Lucian Freud's 'Donegal Man Profile'. Painted in 2007 after completing the first portrait of Irish business tycoon Pat Doherty the previous year, the artist painted a companion piece which was never unveiled. Since Freud's complete oeuvre numbers approximately seven hundred works the opportunity to view an unknown work will excite Freud fans from around the world.

Additionally, in order to anchor the contemporary works to a historical background, the exhibition will include four paintings by key artists in Irish art history. 'The Last Corinthian' is an early painting by Jack Yeats, brother of the poet W.B and the godfather of modern Irish painting. 'Beach Parasols, Concarneau' by William Leech is a joyous portrait of the artist's then lover and future wife, May Botterell, 'Incoming Tide, Achill' is an unusual, moonlit shoreline by Paul Henry, arguably the most significant Irish landscape painter of his generation, 'Still Life: Four Cups' is an archetypal early still life painting by the enormously influential William Scott. Thus links to landscape, figuration, portraiture and still life can be drawn to the contemporary exhibitors.

The venue chosen for this prestigious event is Six Fitzroy Square, an elegant eighteenth century townhouse designed by Robert Adam, which is located in one of London's most handsome squares. The exhibition, timed to coincide with a number of significant international events on London’s annual art calendar, such as the Frieze Art Fair, the Pavilion of Art & Design, and the Autumn contemporary art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

Artists Katherine Boucher Beug, Michael Canning, Colin Davidson, Jason Ellis, Liam Flynn, Sara Flynn, Lucian Freud, Paul Gaffney, Paul Henry, John Kelly, Frances Lambe, Stephen Lawlor, William John Leech, Ed Miliano, Nest Design, Hughie O'Donoghue, Nuala O'Donovan, Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill, Laurence Riddell, Stephanie Rowe, Jeff Schneider, William Scott, Amelia Stein, Sasha Sykes, Donald Teskey, Joseph Walsh, Samuel Walsh, Keith Wilson and Jack Butler Yeats.

The exhibition will be open Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 5.30pm and continues until 31 October 2015 at Six Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5DX.

Six Fitzroy Square is a Grade I listed masterpiece of eighteenth century architecture, yet is just minutes from the creative energy of Soho. It now lies in the centre of the new contemporary gallery art hub that is Fitzrovia. Developed in the late 18th century by famed architect Robert Adam, and one of London’s most complete and idyllic London squares, Fitzroy Square was always intended to provide London residences for aristocratic families. Over the years it has become associated with high-end Bohemian residents, many with prominent careers in the arts. George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf and Robert Louis Stevenson all resided here at one time and the tradition continues with Ian McEwan who makes Fitzroy Square the prime setting of his 2005 novel: Saturday.




















'In Residence' Exhibition

Six Fitzroy Square, London