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Michael Flatley's art works have sold for more than €1m

Published 05/08/2015 | 09:25

Michael Flatley
Michael Flatley

Former Riverdance star Michael Flatley’s debut art pieces have generated sales of more than €1 million.

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The iconic dancer debuted his art collection ‘Firedance’ in prestigious London gallery 12 Hay Hill in late June.

Michael Flatley (L) and Niamh O'Brien attend the after party following the Gala Performance of
Michael Flatley (L) and Niamh O'Brien attend the after party following the Gala Performance of "Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games"

To date, 12 of the 25 paintings exhibited have been bought, meaning Flatley will pocketed over €1 million for his works.

The average price per painting was an impressive €74,000, with one fan reportedly commissioning the dancer to create a bespoke piece for over €140,000.

LOT 29 - MICHAEL FLATLEY (B.1958) - 'THE POWER'
LOT 29 - MICHAEL FLATLEY (B.1958) - 'THE POWER'

While he has no formal training in art, Flatley creates his masterpieces by dancing on linoleum canvases, mostly at a studio in his Co Cork mansion Castlehyde.

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”.

LOT 67 - MICHAEL FLATLEY (B.1958) - 'FLIGHT OF THE QUETZAL'
LOT 67 - MICHAEL FLATLEY (B.1958) - 'FLIGHT OF THE QUETZAL'

In April 2015, two of Flatley's paintings 'The Power' and 'Flight of the Quetzal' sold for a combined €120,000 at Morgan O'Driscoll's Irish and International Art auction at the RDS in Dublin, while works from renowned Irish artists such as Louis le Brocquy, Dan O'Neill, Camille Souter and Tony O'Malley went unsold.

His lucrative sales effectively make him the most expensive living Irish artist.

A piece of Michael Flatley's artwork
A piece of Michael Flatley's artwork

The 57-year-old is currently in New Zealand touring with his stage show, Lord of the Dance.

 

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