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One of Ireland's finest realist painters, Patrick Hennessy was born
in Cork and raised in Scotland by his mother and stepfather along with his brother and sisters. He won a scholarship to the Dundee College of Art, meeting
there his life-long friend and companion Henry Robertson Craig.
A further scholarship enabled him to study in Paris and Rome.
returned to Ireland at the outbreak of the second world war, moving
alternately being Dublin and Cork. In 1941 he first exhibited at
the Royal Hibernian Academy, having already exhibited a still-life and a self-portrait
at the Royal Scottish Academy two years earlier.
Over the next thirty
years he showed almost one hundred works at the RHA, ranging between
interiors and still-lives, portraits, and landscapes. In all of
his compositions he employed a distinctive realist style.
later years he traveled frequently in Europe and North Africa,
often spending his winters in Morocco. A self-portrait hangs in
the National Gallery of Ireland, whilst the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork has five
works by him and another four paintings of his can be seen at the
Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin.
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