We are fortunate to have one of the most important corporate art collections of Irish and International contemporary art in Dublin. Included in the collection is “Suave Tan” by Mick O’Dea.
Stephen Gillick, Pensions Partner, has chosen this piece as his favourite from our collection and he explains why: “Suave Tan” is my favourite piece of art from our art collection. It is a portrait of a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary Special Reserve or as they more commonly referred to as the “black and tans”. I love the small details in this portrait such as the way the reservist taps his cigarette off his cigarette box (not an iPhone!) or the manner in which he wears his pistol, which was designed to assist in shooting from a seated position in a car. I was lucky enough to meet the artist, Mick O’Dea, at a recent event here at Mason Hayes & Curran and learn about the effort that went into the painting and the meticulous planning that had to be completed before a brush even hit the canvas.”
Support of the visual arts is a large part of our CSR strategy and we are a long-time supporter of “Business to Arts”, whose aim is to broker, enable and support creative partnerships between business and the arts.
We are also proud to sponsor the Royal Hibernian Academy’s (RHA) art education programme, which works with three schools in our local Ringsend area and allows children to learn about and interact with art.
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