Wednesday 16 October 2019

This Dublin-based painter's home also serves as a gallery for her art

A Dublin painter's home also serves as a gallery for her art

The main living room
The main living room
Anne Marie Hayes at home in Kimmage. Photo: Bryan Meade
One of the four bedrooms
Anne Marie Hayes with a piece of her stained glass work
The dining area
The double-sided kitchen
Neo Georgian touches on the frontage
The landing with paintings on show
A traditionally decorated bedroom with a Victorian-style metal bed
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

For Dublin-based painter and stained glass artist Anne Marie Hayes, home is where the art is.

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) graduate has long been based at Brookfield in Dublin's Kimmage, near the Kimmage Cross Roads. But her home has been far more than just a house. Aside from providing a tranquil place to paint, the 1970s mid-terrace is also her own art gallery - a place to hang her works and where interested parties can come and see her paintings in situ on the walls.

Lately artist friends who graduated with her from NCAD back in the day have also realised the benefit and asked if they too could place their work on her walls. Retail gallery space is in short supply in the capital and can also be expensive, so what better way to show off your work than on the walls you already have?

"If anyone is interested in buying they can just turn up on appointment, I'll let them in and they can wander around," says Hayes who is also known on Dublin's streets for her summer tourism work as a history and art tour guide.

Neo Georgian touches on the frontage
Neo Georgian touches on the frontage

Hayes is following the example of other professions who make their homes showcases for their own work, namely architects, who demonstrate their design capacities through homes they have drawn up for their own personal use, and interior designers, who are well known for turning their homes into self showcases.

While she specialises in encaustic wax with oil (a process of layering wax an oil paint) the most recent spur of Hayes' work is in stained glass, for which recently enrolled in an intensive educational regime in Italy with some of that country's best glass workers. "It really is far more difficult than you might think. It's extraordinarily precise and you really do have to apply yourself." The craft was made famous here by such luminaries as Harry Clarke and Evie Hone.

Meanwhile, with an eye on a new base and another gallery, Hayes has just placed her Kimmage home on the market through DNG, seeking offers in the region of €490,000.

The house was built in red-brick in the 1977 when Dublin builders began flirting with a style influenced by the Georgian era. And so the house has a neo Georgian style pillared portico and windows which are divided and proportioned similarly in the Georgian style. Accommodation includes an entrance hall, a kitchen/dining room and a living room overlooking the rear garden.

On the first floor are four bedrooms and a main bathroom. The master bed chamber has its own en suite bathroom.

The attic space is large enough to create another double bedroom and en suite as per projects already undertaken successfully by her neighbours. However, thus far the attic is partially floored and provides a substantial storage area with access via a foldable Stira system. The house has timber flooring, double glazing, gas central heating and a new solid fuel stove.

The main living room
The main living room

Hayes has decorated her home in a warm traditional style using, among other items, a Victorian-style metal bed, a period sewing machine and plenty of her own paintings and glasswork.

The estate is right across the road from the KCR with its convenience store, deli and cafe and there's a late night chemist.The next turn on Kimmage Road West is Ben Dunne's enormous Carlisle Gym complex which also includes an indoor heated swimming pool. For shopping, Terenure is handy with its Lidl and Aldi stores along with its well known restaurants and food stores. Another arm of the crossroads brings Sundrive's giant SuperValu, renowned for gourmet foods, within easy reach.

This area is also spoiled for choice of schools with Terenure College, Templeogue College, Loreto and St Pius's within walking distance. Handy on the bus are St Mary's for boys and St Louis for girls both in Rathmines. Gonzaga College and Alexandra College are a 20 minute cycle away.

But the best aspect of this location is the range of park walks on the doorstep. Bushy Park's aged and leafy acres (and tennis courts) are a 15 minute stroll in one direction and this runs into the River Dodder Linear Park which stretches for miles all the way to Clonskeagh. In the other direction, Tymon Park, one of the city's largest, is a two minute drive away. The bus service outside currently includes the 15a and the number 9 to the city centre and the number 17 to Blackrock via the UCD campus.

Those who want to view Hayes' house also have a chance to view some artwork and maybe buy a painting, to remain on the wall of their new home to be.

Anne Marie Hayes with a piece of her stained glass work
Anne Marie Hayes with a piece of her stained glass work

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