Sunday 19 November 2017

Exhibition to showcase rare Dillon works

TIMELESS TALENT: This self-portrait of Gerard Dillon will be among the works displayed at the exhibition
TIMELESS TALENT: This self-portrait of Gerard Dillon will be among the works displayed at the exhibition

James Gibbons

One of the most important retrospective exhibitions of recent times opens at Adam's on St Stephen's Green next Monday evening with a private drinks reception.

'Gerard Dillon, Art and Friendships, Summer Loan Exhibition' includes a hundred works borrowed from private collections countrywide, which will be on view to the public from the following day until July 26.

"This loan exhibition of Gerard Dillon's work features work spanning his whole career from the 1940s up until when he died in 1971 and will be the biggest exhibition of his work since his 1972 Retrospective," said David Britton, one of the directors of Adam's.

The exhibition has been curated by Britton's wife, the art historian Karen Reihill, who is researching Gerard Dillon and his friends. She has compiled an extensive catalogue for the exhibition which is now online on the Adam's website and also features archive photos seen for the first time. Her father, the late John Reihill, was one of the country's most prominent art collectors.

The exhibition features museum quality works from private collections which are normally unavailable. Many of the pictures have not been seen in public for over 40 years and include works by Dillon's close friends George Campbell, Daniel O'Neill, Arthur Armstrong. Dillon's fellow committee members on the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (IELA) also feature to help put his work in context. He was a committee member of the IELA for 20 years and exhibited annually.

The exhibition will travel to the Ava Gallery on the Clandeboye Estate in Co Down, which is owned by the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, Lindy Guinness, when it finishes in Dublin.

Irish Independent

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