Daniel O'Neill RHA
Portrait of a Man - Pencil on Paper
foremost romantic painter, Dan O'Neill was the son a Belfast electrician. He took life classes at
the Belfast College of Art and the advent of his painting career coincided with
the outbreak of the second World War. After the 1941 Blitz of Belfast he took to salvaging wood
and experimenting with wood carving. His first exhibition was in 1941 and
within five years the Dublin
art dealer Victor Waddington had taken him in hand, granting a regular income
which allowed him to give up his day job and focus on painting full time.
O'Neill visited Paris in 1949, and there
absorbed the lessons of Rouault, Vlaminck and Utrillo. In the early 1950s,
O'Neill left Belfast
for Conlig in Co. Down which had a small-scale artists' colony at the time,
with George Campbell and Gerard Dillon also among the notable artists living there. In 1958 he left Ireland for London. His work from this time onwards was
increasingly introspective and often desolate. He died in Belfast in 1974.
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Portrait of a ManPencil Drawing on Paper,Framed18cm x 15cm (7" x 6")