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delusions of grandeur & the bad art gallery christmas show

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delusions of grandeur

delusions of grandeur 24 x24 inch oil on canvas

It’s been incredibly busy in the last few months painting and preparing for two exhibitions and two shows for the Christmas period. This weekend saw the end of that really frantic time and this morning I am taking it easy and following up on other things. I’m really enjoying the feeling that all the paintings are tucked up in their galleries and there’s still five weeks left to Christmas. OK so I know I’m mixing up all sorts of stuff here but I’m going with the feeling anyway. And three small paintings have sold already, bring on the Christmas cheer!

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the bad art gallery Christmas show

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Saturday saw the opening of the Christmas “stocking filler” show at The Bad Art Gallery. The idea is that all the paintings are small, most are 8×10 inches on block canvas, although mine are framed and square! And they are all priced under €500. It’s a great way to begin collecting work from your favourite artist without getting into big price tags.

It’s open all the way through till Christmas and every Saturday and Sunday they’ll be serving minced pies and mulled wine to get you in the Christmas spirit while you browse the art.


    • Hi Kelly, It’s a play on the the Salon de Refusés.
      The original Salon des Refusés was an art exhibition that took place in Paris in 1863, showing works that had been rejected by the official Paris Salon. That year artists (like cezanne and others) protested vehemently after so many paintings were rejected (only 2,217 paintings out of the more than 5,000 submitted were accepted1), and Emperor Napoleon III ordered a special exhibition be held at which rejected artists could display their works. Hence the name, Salon des Refusés.

      As part of it’s exhibition schedule, each year The Bad Art Gallery hosts the equivalent show for artists who were rejected by the Royal Hibernian Acedemy here in Dublin.

  • Ooooh… I’m EXTREMELY familiar with the Salon des Refuses! I only didn’t know the rejection rate (which, really, was it THAT bad?). I think it’s good for us to be rejected (occasionally!) and so often the things that are chosen leave me wondering! Well I hope you do well in your show. What’s ‘Royal Hibernian’ know, anyway?

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