I attended the Irish Art Fair in the RDS yesterday afternoon with Roma, and Dorothy who provided us with free tickets. I'm one of those "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like" type of people, and much of the paintings on show went way beyond my limited artistic knowledge. However, there was lots to keep even a philistine like me entertained. We have several paintings by some of the exhibitors at home - Honor Hales, Barbara Boland, and Louise Mansfield. Each of these three artists had splendid work on display - Honor Hales has especially come a long way since we bought a painting some years ago, beautiful art. Anything I liked coast a lot of money - I'm talking €1,500 plus. There was very little for the bargain hunters and cheap-skates like me. Despite the Recession, many artists had the red dots signifying a sale on many paintings, and the wrapping service at the exit was doing a brisk trade as we left. I didn't feel the urge to buy anything, and left empty handed.
I bumped into my cousin Kevin Shelley who was working at the Event. Kevin is my age and we spent many holidays together when we were kids - we had a great chat about family.