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A NEW ex­hi­bi­tion at Farm­leigh Gallery in the Phoenix Park is in trib­ute to the late Garech de Brún, who passed away in March.

‘Face to Face – An­thony Palliser’s Ir­ish Por­traits’ will bring to­gether over 80 por­traits of more than 30 Ir­ish cul­tural icons, many of whom the An­glo-Bel­gian painter met through his friend­ship with de Brun, the Guin­ness heir who founded Claddagh Records and lived at the Lug­gala es­tate in north Wick­low.

‘I have been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Ire­land since the early 1990s when I first met Garech Browne,’ ex­plained Mr Palliser ahead of the ex­hi­bi­tion. ‘It’s through my friend­ship with Garech and my frequent vis­its to Lug­gala that I first en­coun­tered and be­friended many of my sub­jects fea­tured in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘It’s a great hon­our to bring the Ir­ish col­lec­tion to­gether for the first time in Ire­land and to do so at Farm­leigh, which of course had such a per­sonal con­nec­tion for Garech and the Guin­ness fam­ily.’

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be opened by Sean Rain­bird, di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Gallery of Ire­land, and will in­clude paint­ings and draw­ings of in­di­vid­u­als who have, over the past 50 years, con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the development of Ir­ish cul­tural life and its in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion.

Por­traits on dis­play will in­clude Sea­mus Heaney, Thomas Kin­sella, Edna O’Brien, John Boor­man, Colm Tóibín, Jonathan Rhys My­ers, Nuala Ní Dhomh­naill and Brian Friel, amongst oth­ers.

Palliser’s re­cently-completed por­trait of Pres­i­dent Michael D Hig­gins will be un­veiled at the open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will be a trib­ute to the late Mr de Brun, who was work­ing with the OPW to bring the ex­hi­bi­tion to Farm­leigh at the time of his pass­ing.

A se­ries of talks and events will take place dur­ing June and July, as well as art work­shops for chil­dren and an af­ter­noon of tra­di­tional mu­sic in hon­our of Garech de Brun’s huge con­tri­bu­tion to Ir­ish mu­sic.

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