Monday 18 February 2019

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood and wife Sally make special appearance in Dublin

Ronnie Wood and wife Sally Humpreys unveil William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Ronnie Wood and wife Sally Humpreys unveil William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Ronnie Wood unveils William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Ronnie Wood and wife Sally Humpreys unveil William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Ronnie Wood and wife Sally Humpreys unveil William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Music legend Ronnie Wood was the guest of honour at at an unveiling of a new sculpture of one his favourite artists in Dublin.

The Rolling Stones star (71) was joined by his wife Sally Humphreys (40) to support the work of Dublin-born artist Sir William Orpen at The Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan. The couple appeared as enthralled with one another after six years of marriage as they were at the first look of the new artwork.

The bronze work was created by sculptor Rowan Gillespie following years of fundraising by the Stillogran Chamber of Commerce and was launched with some fanfare, thanks at least in part to Wood's presence.

Orpen was born in the area in 1878 and is famed for his self-portraits and his work as a war artist during World War I.

Ronnie Wood and wife Sally Humpreys unveil William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Ronnie Wood and wife Sally Humpreys unveil William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin

The artist may well have predicted his honorary sculpture in one of his famous tongue-in-cheek sketches, titled 'A Dream' which sees him standing atop a plinth with crowds of people below trying to reach him.  The caption reads, "I imagine that Dublin has seen fit to honour me."

Sculptor Rowan Gllespie was inspired to create the 11 foot sculpture from one of Orpen's famous self-portraits.

The smaller bronze sculptures that make up the base of the piece were also inspired by four other notable works by the Dublin artist, including the 'Dream' sketch.

Ronnie Wood unveils William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin
Ronnie Wood unveils William Orpen sculpture at The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin

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