Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Top Northern Ireland paintings on show to draw funds for art groups

Works by some of Northern Ireland’s most renowned artists go on show in Bangor today.

Ava Gallery will display 48 of the 155 pieces valued at £1.1m which will go under the hammer in Dublin next month.

Proceeds from the sale of the collection, which is currently owned by the Bank of Ireland, will be given to community-based arts organisations and artists.

Gallery director David Britton said: “We have brought the highlights of the show to Northern Ireland, we have 48 pieces, about a third of the total collection.”

The paintings and sculptures will be exhibited at the gallery for three weeks before the sale by auctioneers Adams on November 24.

Iconic pieces such as Louis le Brocquy’s Head, from his famous series of ancestral heads, valued at £52,000; Basil Blackshaw’s Splash - Cock Crowing and a Paul Henry west of Ireland landscape, Clouds at Sunset, both estimated to go for £43,000 will be on display.

The exhibition will also showcase works by the best 20th century Northern Irish artists including James Humbert Craig, Gerard Dillon and Brian Ballard.

Mr Britton said: “The Ava Gallery is now part of the Adams group so we have a full-time operation here in Northern Ireland.

“Part of what we do is to have these preview exhibitions which give the public a chance to see important works.”

The exhibition runs from today until November 11.

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