Gerard Dillon

Alongside other 20th century Irish artists, Dillon’s prices have suffered a bit at auction recently. He had a large output across his comparatively short life and examples come up regularly at auctions in Dublin and, to a lesser extent, in London. Now a real treat has appeared. At Adam’s in Dublin there is a large Dillon exhibition during July, moving on to the Ava Gallery at Clandeboye in August. It has a large catalogue with innumerable illustrations and Dillon enthusiasts are sure to be delighted. I adore much of Dillon’s work, both in his earlier “West of Ireland” style and in his later pierrot style. As I have said before, followers of British artists of the mid-century should spend time getting to know the work of the key Northern Irish artists and this is an excellent opportunity to do so.