Sean O'Sullivan (1906 - 1964)

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Sean O'Sullivan (1906 - 1964)

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Sean O'Sullivan (1906 - 1964)
"Bar Interior, Having a Drink"
Oil Painting on Board
24 x 20 inches (frame)
18 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches (painting)
Signed: "Sean O'Sullivan" (low right)
Dated: 1948

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Sean O'Sullivan created many excellent works of art and this oil painting on wood panel is right up their at the top of his interior genre scenes. Depicting the interior of an Irish pub the bar tender leans agains the counter watching his customer in yellow down a drink as his faithful dog sits on the floor observing. Overall charming, this rare work is the only like work I have been able to locate by Sean in terms of its subject matter. Executed with wonderful colors of purple, red and yellow visible in the back wall / window just pop attracting ones eye. With bottles stacked on every shelf and a bag of trash mysteriously resting on the floor' the artist created the sense of a real homey environment thats welcoming as seen by the soft smile on the man behind the bar.

In excellent overall condition this painting measures 18 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches while the original gold wood frame measures 24 x 20 inches. Some minor splitting in the board has occurred creating hairline seems. Their has also been a decent amount of dust landing on the work making it in need of a good light cleaning. The frame also shows some minimal knicks and or signs of wear. This is a very rare original oil painting by Sean O'Sullivan accurately represented in the photos provided.

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

"Sean O'Sullivan RHA (1906-1964)

The Irish portrait painter and printmaker Sean O'Sullivan was born in Dublin in 1906. He studied drawing at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art where he won a scholarship and studied lithography* at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London.  After this, he studied fine art painting and figure painting in Paris at the Acadamie Colarossi* and La Grande Chaumiere*.  In Paris, he met many people who influenced him.  One of his Parisian neighbours was the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929).  In addition, he met and made friends with Irishmen Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Thomas MacGreevy, as well as the French painter Goeorges Rouault (1871-1958).

Returning to London in the mid 1920s, O'Sullivan found work in book design and printmaking*.  Moving back to Dublin, he focused on portrait art, completing a number of paintings in oils as well as crayon and pencil.

He began exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy* (RHA) in 1926, at the age of 20, contributing an average of six paintings a year until 1964. Most of his works were portraits interspersed with landscape painting of the West of Ireland.  In 1928 he became the youngest ever associate member of the RHA, and in 1931 was elected an academician.

During his distinguished career as a portraitist, Sean O'Sullivan drew or painted portraits of James Joyce, WB Yeats, Jack B Yeats, Maude Gonne, Eamon de Valera, Brendan Behan, John Broderick, Thomas MacGreevy, Douglas Hyde, MSD Westropp, Henry J Levitt, Ernie O'Malley, James Larkin, Alice Milligan, FJ McCormick, Bulmer Hobson, Sir Chester Beatty, Paul Landowski, and others.

Many are held in public collections of Irish art in the National Gallery of Ireland, Hugh Lane Gallery, University College Dublin, Abbey Theatre, Crawford Art Gallery Cork, Limerick Art Gallery, National Self-Portrait Collection Limerick University, and others.

Fluent in Irish and French, gregarious and a renowned story-teller, Sean O'Sullivan also painted a number of murals, executed chalk drawings, designed postage stamps, and taught at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art.  He died of a stroke in 1964.


Source:
Online Encyclopedia of Irish and World Art"

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