Tuesday August 11, 2020

A sculptor in search of a smile

With a studio in a Dublin church, Patrick O’Reilly isn’t a typical artist – yet his works are strewn handsomely across the capital, and some of his proposals could soon be literally lighting up the city

16th October, 2010

With his wild hair, spattered skinny black jeans and chain-smoking manic energy, Patrick O’Reilly fulfils some of the stereotypes normally associated with artistic types.

But that’s where the Kilkenny born artist and sculptor veers from the script. Self-deprecating and quick to joke, he’s not angsty and he’s definitely not struggling.

For starters, his studio is a 150-year-old Dublin church, complete with stained glass windows, inlaid marble and...

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