With two weeks until Christmas, here are a few suggestions for buying Irish art for all budgets. Its always better to get up close and personal with art, but if you are under pressure you can add to your art cart from the comfort of your laptop. All the artists, studios and galleries featured here will add a customised card to your gift recipient, if you are having it posted directly (just ask on placing an order).
Damn Fine Print: For the past eight years Kim and the team have been doing fantastic work in their studio in Smithfield in Dublin 7. There are some real gems available from their artists and projects through their Damn Fine online shop, including many gorgeous works celebrating 100 Years of The Liffey Swim. Treat yourself or a loved one to an original fine-art poster/print in time for Christmas. Or buy a place on a screen-printing course and spend the new year immersed in ink and ideas for the year ahead!
The National Print Museum in Beggars Bush in Dublin 4 has beautiful working historic printing presses on display. Its shop celebrates hand-made printed books, and fine art print using traditional methods. If you missed their art fair last weekend, you can pick up a few lovely letterpress works (hand printed using old type blocks), through their shop here. I especially love Mary Plunkett’s Suffrage Poster, a steal at €100 unframed.
Graphic Studio Gallery always has art to suit all budgets, both from among its studio members, and from Visiting Artists who have worked with the studio since 1960. Drop into the gallery in Temple Bar and pick up works either unframed or framed, from €60 upwards.
If you feel extra creative our friends in Evans Art Supplies have developed a great online shop to stock up on all your luscious inks, paints, brushes papers and the like.
Lastly, you can also buy membership of many public galleries, and get launch invites and freebies throughout 2020. Join the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) to get a sneak preview of the Annual Exhibition, and many other perks, or the National Gallery of Ireland, or the Irish Museum of Modern Art, offering terrific treats for the year from just €50 annually.
Let Christmas 2019 and the year ahead in 2020 be a creative one…