Knuttel puts home up for sale at €2.6m
THE country's most famous contemporary artist, Graham Knuttel, is selling his Georgian home in Dublin city.
Knuttel, who purchased the property from the Dublin Civic Trust in 1995, has placed the 4,000sq ft property on the market for more than €2.6m.
The artist, who lists Bono, Eddie Jordan and Robert De Niro among his high-profile clients, has operated an art business from the four-storey Georgian townhouse, located on South Frederick Street, in Dublin city centre.
There is already a lot of interest in the property from potential suitors, according to auctioneer James Galvin, although the offices of the defunct Progressive Democrats political party across the street has been on the market for about a year and has failed to attract a buyer.
The property was bought by the Dublin Civic Trust in the mid-Nineties and was restored by them before being sold on. The building was officially opened by President Mary Robinson before it was sold on to the artist.
Now in his mid-50s, Knuttel -- who was a hell-raiser in his younger days -- and his partner are preparing for life away from the city centre bustle of South Frederick Street.
Knuttel's paintings hang in many Irish art collectors' homes and he has also turned to colourful ceramics as part of his art brand.
He painted portraits of all 11 Taoisigh in 2000, famously depicting Bertie Ahern in an anorak standing outside Fagan's pub in Drumcondra, with a paper under his arm carrying the headline "the most cunning, the most devious of them all".
'The Taoisigh' collection -- which eventually sold for €250,000 at auction in 2007 -- comprises a 12-piece collection of 11 individual portraits with the final painting showing the former Taoisigh standing outside the Dail.
Space has been left in the painting to accommodate the twelfth Taoiseach. However, Taoiseach Brian Cowen has not commissioned Knuttel to finish the series.