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Tony O'Malley MAGUEZ, LANZAROTE (1988)
Lot 10
Price Realised: €9,500
Estimate: €7,000 - €10,000
Tony O'Malley HRHA 1913-2003 MAGUEZ, LANZAROTE (1988) Oil on board, 24" x 48" (61 x 123cm), signed with initials and dated, signed verso, opus No. 3260 Tony O'Malley was born in Kilkenny. He worked as a clerk for a number of years and on... Read more
Tony O'Malley HRHA 1913-2003 MAGUEZ, LANZAROTE (1988) Oil on board, 24" x 48" (61 x 123cm), signed with initials and dated, signed verso, opus No. 3260 Tony O'Malley was born in Kilkenny. He worked as a clerk for a number of years and only began painting in the 1940s while convalescing from a lung operation. His subject matter was in the main, focused around nature. He was inspired by landscapes, figures, and birds. Aside from his distinctive style, O'Malley's work is steeped in references to cultural history, site specificity and nature. He referred to his paintings as 'inscapes' as they allowed one to look beyond the motif in order to visualise the organic and spiritual essence of experience.  In the late 1980s Tony O'Malley and his wife Jane began spending part of each winter in Lanzarote, where this picture was painted. The more sombre tones of his Irish paintings have given way to a warmer palette, a celebration of his sunlit surroundings. O'Malley's paintings have a strong 'sense of place' and he responds to a location with all his senses. An O'Malley painting is a sensory experience, the surface of the board is deliberately scored, scraped and scratched to enhance its tactile quality, also making the viewer more conscious of the physical act of painting.
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