Our latest Online Pictures Sale includes 20 works form the collection of the late Patrick Pye RHA (1929 - 2018). The collection includes works by his friends, contemporaries and artists he admired. Patrick was a founding member of Aosdana in 1981. His life, like his collection, was surrounded by the Aosdana - the 'people of the arts'.
Notable lots from the collection include Patrick's own "The Baptism of Christ" etching (Lot22), a monotype and body colour by Lionel Miskin (Lot 18), and a watercolour by Sean McSweeney (Lot 6).
Viewing for the sale starts tomorrow in our St Stephen’s Green salesroom, with timings as follows:
Monday 13th November: 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 14th November: 10am – 5pm
Patrick Pye was born in England but grew up in Dublin. He started painting in 1943 under the sculptor Oisin Kelly, and later studied at the National College of Art. In 1957 he won the Mainie Jellett Scholarship, which enabled him to travel extensively in Europe. It was while on visit to the National Museum in Barcelona that he became influenced by Romanesque Catalan art, and this turned his attention to Christian iconography. He also studied stained glass at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Holland under Alberrt Troost. Patrick Pye has completed many major commissions on religious themes, including those at Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick; Church of the Resurrection, Belfast; Convent of Mercy, Cookstown, Co.Tyrone; and Fossa chapel, Killarney. A triptych illustrating man’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden hangs at Bank of Ireland headquarters on Baggot Street in Dublin, and he made the Stations of the Cross for Ballycasheen church in Killarney. Pye’s faith has provided an underlying context for most of his work, although this is not always evident. In 2005 Pye was awarded a D.Phil by Maynooth University.
Please see our ‘Upcoming Auctions’ page for further information and the online catalogue for this sale.
Bidding starts to close on Wednesday 15th of November at 11am.
Author: Conor Barry, November 2023
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