Artist Guggi draws U2 pals to his new collection
A HOST of famous friends have gathered together to celebrate internationally acclaimed artist Guggi's first exhibition in Ireland in four years – and leading the way was best friend Bono.
There was a glowing turnout as Guggi unveiled his latest collection at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin last night.
Showing his continued support for the creative visionary, the U2 frontman, who arrived with wife Ali Hewson, told the Irish Independent of his delight to see his close friend's work come to fruition.
"Normally I get to enjoy a preview of the pieces beforehand in the studio, but things have been so busy this time I didn't get a chance. He's just getting better and better every time, we're all so proud of him. He's extraordinary."
The superstar said he'll definitely consider adding to his growing collection by purchasing a painting.
Bono and Hewson were accompanied by The Edge and his wife, Morleigh Steinberg.
While he has shown in the UK, US and Argentina in recent months, guest of honour Guggi told the Irish Independent that it was particularly special to see his 21 pieces hang on the walls in Dublin again.
"This is my home town, I come from here and it's always particularly special when an exhibition is here.
"I'm surprised and flattered by the turnout, it's fantastic. It means everything to have my friends and family here."
It was also a family occasion for Guggi, who arrived with his wife, Sibylle, and their four boys, Noah, Eliah, Caleb and Gideon.