Friday 9 December 2016

'Artist of streets' paints 1916 GPO action

Ciara Treacy

Published 11/03/2016 | 02:30

The Rising, an exhibition by artist Norman Teeling at the Oriel Gallery. L to R: Joe Duffy, Brush Shiels and INM Editor in Chief Stephen Rae.
The Rising, an exhibition by artist Norman Teeling at the Oriel Gallery. L to R: Joe Duffy, Brush Shiels and INM Editor in Chief Stephen Rae.
Artist Norman Teeling, centre, with Mandy Williams and RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy at the opening of The Rising, an exhibition of paintings at the Oriel Gallery on Clare Street, Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers

In the 100 years since the Easter Rising, one of the few things which has stayed the same in Ireland is the "medium of art", according to RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy.

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Duffy was speaking at the launch of an exhibition of paintings by Dublin artist Norman Teeling at the Oriel Gallery yesterday.

Twenty years after being commissioned by An Post to mark the 80th anniversary of the revolution, Mr Teeling launched a collection of over 20 smaller-sized works.

These mainly focus on the 1916 leaders and the activity on O'Connell Street.

"I tried to keep it as close to the action as possible," he said. "I kept out a lot of the instances that were outside O'Connell Street and just concentrated on the GPO - the main events, in other words.

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"The previous ones were very big because they were commissioned for the GPO. You can hang these over your mantelpiece. They will be there right through Easter."

The collection has been in the making for over a year and Mr Teeling added it was important to him that they "wouldn't look boring", so he took a few days off in between each painting.

Mr Duffy, a fan of Teeling's work, said the painter was "an artist of the streets".

"Norman is as much a part of O'Connell Street now as the GPO," he explained.

"That's where he paints a lot of the time and it's very unusual in Dublin, which is a pity really, to see an artist painting in the street. "O'Connell Street can be busy and robust at times but he still manages it. The only signatory we're interested in is Norman Teeling's signature on the corner of the paintings."

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