Fine Arts: Wade’s world revealed with a delve into the past

The work of Irish artist Jonathan Wade, who died at the age of 31 in 1973, is being celebrated by a triptych of events at the New Theatre in Dublin this week

5th December, 2021
Untitled by Jonathan Wade: ‘There was something else there in the paintings, a masterful construction, a visual balance, a harmony in the colour, a huge strength’

“One cannot . . . enjoy his work. It has none of the cosy introspection of so much modern Irish painting. It does not traffic in rich colours. It is far from being sensuous, in either subject or treatment. It simply hammers on with its theme of desolation and oppression. But it does so with a consistency and an impact that marks out Wade as a highly individual talent.”

This is how art critic Bruce Arnold...

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