The Dublin Painting & Sketching Club's 139th Annual Exhibition, currently open to the public at the Concourse Gallery, Dun Laoghaire County Hall, includes a Maritime theme.
About one third of the 250 oil and water colour paintings, drawings and prints on show depict yachting scenes, boats and harbours, seascapes and other maritime subjects.
The Maritime theme was included this year to salute the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company’s celebration of the bicentenary of the laying of the foundation stone of Dun Laoghaire Harbour and its East Pier, and to mark the Club’s connection with Dun Laoghaire nautical activity, which goes back to the 1880s.
A hardy group of members of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club, one of Ireland’s most historic national artists’ organisations, frequently sailed from Dun Laoghaire around Dublin Bay. Called the ‘Graphic Cruisers Club’ and led by Alexander Williams RHA and George Prescott, they sailed on the latter’s wide beamed, shallow draft yacht, the ‘Iris’. With easels lashed to the deck, they painted the boats, harbours and beaches of the Bay in all weathers.
The exhibition, sponsored by Whyte's fine art auctioneers and supported by the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary, offers a wide choice of paintings, from the traditional to the contemporary, by over 100 well-known contemporary Irish artists. It is open admission free daily (10 am - 5 pm) until next Sunday 21st May.