‘Daniel O’Neill: Romanticism and Friendships
This spring the OPW presents the first Daniel O’Neill retrospective in 70 years at Farmleigh Gallery. The exhibition is curated by the art historian Karen Reihill who published a monograph on the artist to mark the centenary of his birth in 2020. The majority of the paintings are being borrowed from private collections, many unseen in public in over 50 years, as well as paintings from the collections of IMMA, University of Limerick and the Ulster Museum.
Born in Belfast, O’Neill had little orthodox art training but was lucky to be taken up by the Victor Waddington Galleries in 1945 where he exhibited for many years to critical acclaim. O’Neill was selected to participate in over twenty overseas exhibitions of Irish Art that toured Britain, Europe and the USA, which were intended to showcase the very best of Irish art abroad. He also held solo exhibitions in Dublin, Belfast and Montreal until his untimely death in Belfast in March 1974 at the early age of 54.
To put Daniel O’Neill’s work in context the exhibition will also feature paintings by his friends and fellow artists Gerard Dillon, Colin Middleton and George Campbell amongst others. Highly regarded by critics in his lifetime it is hoped the exhibition will lead to a reassessment of Daniel O’Neill’s place in the history of Irish art by a new audience and generation of critics, students and enthusiasts.
‘Daniel O’Neill: Romanticism and Friendships’ 13th March to 6th June 2022, Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15. Open Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm closed Mondays except for Bank Holidays. Admission and car parking is free.