Fashion designer Paul Costelloe and three of his six sons - Paul-Emmet, William and Nicholas - captivated the Culture Night in Dublin with the opening of their joint art exhibition, 'Family Ties' at the Sol gallery on Dawson Street last night.
It was one of the top ten most searched Culture Night events. They proved that artistic talent really does run in the Dublin family and the Costelloe sons - aged 31, 22 and 20 respectively - looked very dapper, all dressed in smart suits from their dad's menswear collection.
While their dad paints quick brush strokes in watercolours and also uses markers, Paul-Emmett has a bold, semi abstract style with an accomplished, deft use of the palette knife.
William, the second-youngest of the Costelloe's seven children, is inspired by Edward Hopper and his series of interiors, leather armchairs and bar scenes attracted lots of attention last night.
At 22, William is about to start a master's in fine art at Chelsea Art College and has already sold his work to the global law firm, Clyde & Co.
Nicholas, the baby of the Costelloe family at 20, shows a great eye for architectural detail and working with oil on canvas, he isn't afraid of tackling big giants like St Paul's and Saint Sulpice in Paris. He is inspired by fellow Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon and uses an engaging, blurring technique.
While prices at the exhibition start at €450, Paul's art works costs €650-€1,500 and William commands the highest price of all, with an interiors of a Marseilles brasserie priced at €3,500.The exhibition was opened by RTE's Aengus Mac Grianna, who is an old family friend of Paul's wife, Anne.
Paul praised and thanked his wife for putting up with "all the creativity at home and the smell of paraffin and paint everywhere."
He also thanked Dunnes Stores for providing the refreshments for the launch. Paul launches a new Italian-made women's capsule collection called 'Studio' at Dunnes next month .
Never one to rest for long, Paul sketched his guests during the lively launch party and the marker sketches were auctioned off for €100 each, with proceeds going to the Children's Hospice.
The Costelloes' art exhibition runs until September 28.