John SKELTON Snr. 'Aran Island Girl' Original Acrylic on Board, Irish Art
Description: John SKELTON Snr. Original Acrylics on board, "Aran Island Girl" Off the west coast of Ireland the Aran Islands are native to a hardy folk and Island living is the simple life. In just a few brush strokes John captured the expression and character of this young Island girl. Piece: 30.5cm x 40.6cm / 12" x 16" Framed: 47.6 x 55.9cm / 18" x 22"
John SKELTON Snr. Born in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1925 John died in Dublin on November 21st 2009. Educated in Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland Belfast College of Art, Belfast, Northern Ireland and St. Martins School of Art, London, United Kingdom. John started his professional career in London, where he came under influence of Euston Road School in the late 1940s. In 1946 he married Caroline, settling four years later in Dublin. He worked initially in advertising as Art Director and illustrator of books, most of them educational. After 1975 he worked full-time as a painter. He had 25 one man shows in Dublin; two in Belfast, one in Los Angeles and one in the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut. Up to the late 1980s, John was frequent exhibitor in group shows, particularly the annual RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) shows in Dublin. In recent years, however, his work was in such demand that he contributed to these less often. During the 1970s and earlier 1980s he earned a reputation as a gifted teacher and lecturer in the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. His work is in numerous private and corporate collections worldwide, including; ESB, Bank of Ireland, Embassy of Korea, Woodchester now GE Capital.
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