96 pages, illustrated throughout – £10 + £1.50 pp (inland)
Tony O’Malley (1913-2003) was one of Ireland’s foremost painters
of the latter half of the 20th century. Born in Callan, County Kilkenny, he was a late starter and learned his art surreptitiously while working as a bank clerk all over Ireland for 25 years. In 1955 he visited St Ives in Cornwall on a painting holiday and was astonished to find a thriving and diverse artistic community. He moved there in 1960 and stayed for 30 years, before returning to Ireland with an international reputation. Cornwall was the kind of ancient Celtic country where he felt at home and his art developed in unexpected ways. He also found romance when, in his sixtieth year, he married the Canadian painter Jane Harris (less than half his age).
This book chronicles his tremendously creative Cornish years
with many photographs never previously published.
An admirable hommage.
Seamus Heaney – Poet & Nobel Prizewinner
Utterly fascinating, It’s a marvellous resource for those of us who loved the man & his great work.
Dennis O’Driscoll – Poet & critic
An excellent book on O’Malley; really captures the scene in St Ives and environs with sharp insights and an elegant style.
Patrick J. Murphy – Former Chairman of the Irish Arts Council
An interesting read & the interviews with O’Malley are enlightening.