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Monday 10 December 2018

Michael Flatley's 'tap' art can be yours for €30k

Artwork by Michael flatley
Artwork by Michael flatley
Michael Flatley

Ralph Riegel

His dancing feet have made him millions on stage, and now Michael Flatley is hoping they can do likewise on canvas.

The 'Riverdance' star's art is to be auctioned in Ireland for the first time, with a guide price of €30,000.

The Chicago-born dancer took up painting as a form of relaxation and as a natural development of his dance and music.

"My painting is a deep passion," he said.

"It started many years ago. I was performing at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2001 and afterwards the crew sent me a piece of the stage as a memento.

"It had hundreds of tap marks from the shows I had done. I framed it and hung it on the wall.

"It wasn't until months later when I was showing guests at a party that it occurred to me, it was a piece of art."

The dancer immediately began to experiment with painting as a way of capturing moments and reflections on his dance and musical passions.

"I thought, when artists paint a piece, it lasts forever. I have to dance my art every night live," he said.

Uniquely, the art produced by the north Cork-based dancer is entirely created by foot taps with paint on canvas in a special studio behind his €30m mansion.

Last year, he presented a painting, 'The Walking Dead', to Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

His first ever painting sale saw another work, 'Opening Night', snapped up by an international collector for €50,000.

The dancer's first Irish sale will take place on Thursday December 4 when Philip Sheppard auctions off his work, 'Rossmore Island'.

It reflects the ghostly landscape of a once-vibrant Kerry island community left devastated by the Famine.

Irish Independent

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