Artists That (Sham)Rock!

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, wee Readers! Give your lucky charms a jangle, take a swig of your Guinness, pull your red hair into a ponytail and read on about some amazing Irish artists!

1.  Francis Bacon. He’s not number one because his last name is Bacon, though that doesn’t hurt, does it? His paintings sell like hotcakes (or potato leek soup) at 100 million dollars a pop. That would buy a lot of Waterford crystal.

I’m just going to say it. It’s not my favorite.

2.  Harry Kernoff. Kernoff (he was actually born in London, but St. Patrick was from England too, so I’m not going to be picky about that detail) was not recognized for his art until late in his life. I think he did a great job capturing the zest of Irish culture and spirit, without furthering the stereotype of Irish as sloppy drunks. I love this painting so much.

A bird never flew on one wing. Is that a great title, or what?

3.  Walter Osborne died waaaay too early. At 43, he was hitting his artistic peak and I think the world was robbed of more beautiful paintings like Feeding the Chickens.

I hope this little girl was an Irish step dancer on the side.

Here is another painting by Osborne, because if you think I’m putting up a St. Patrick’s Day post without any redheads, you don’t know me at all.

See if you can find any four leaf clovers in this painting!


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