2010: PICTURE PERFECT. The Phoenix Magazine. August 27th, 2010.
Art for art's sake is the byword for Dublin artist Frank O'Dea and his paintings are of the people for the people. In his trademark glowing warm hues, O'Dea's paintings regularly include cafe/bar themes, musicians and romance. His latest colourful abstracts are also popular.
His solo show has just opened and runs until Saturday September 4 and the Balla Bán Art Gallery in the Westbury Mall, just off Grafton Street in Dublin city. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm (7pm on Thursdays), Balla Bán is a new forum for both emerging and established contemporary Irish artists.
O'Dea wants art to be accessible to everyone so he has assembled a stunning collection of quality yet affordable works including remowned names such as Graham Knuttel, Norman Teeling, Markey Robinson, John Skelton, Annie Robinson, Roy Wallace, Piet Sluis, Peter Dee, Jonathan Barry, William Mulhall, Tom Byrne, Artheur K Madderson, Jonathan Knuttel, John Morris, and of course, himself, with prices starting at only eur50 for his own limited edition prints.
In addition, O'Dea has been commissioned by D Four urban Cafe on Upper Baggot Street to theme their new cafe with his vibrant works. His oil paintings are inside while the exterior is enlivened with his large colourful banners inviting passers-by to enjoy a meal or drink in this remarkable environment.