Frank O'Dea with one of his popular 'Budget Day' prints.
2014: Clontarf artist's taxman tribute. Northside People.
A Clontarf based artist found a novel way to mark last week's Budget. Every year as Halloween approaches, art gallery owner Frank O'Dea deliberately hangs up something a bit different to tie in with the season. 'Budget Day' is a most unnerving artwork and depicts the terrifying experience of the taxman emptying out our pockets.
"I'm surprised at how popular these prints are around this time of year," talented artist Frank explained. "I think it must have struck a chord with a good few people but I'd love to know where people are hanging these gloomy prints."
The original oil painting sold for eur275 but there are still a few prints left at eur20 each. Frank owns Balla Bán Art Gallery in the Westbury Mall, which he set up fours years ago after taking a voluntary severance package from the bank.
As well as his own paintings and prints, the gallery also sells art works from emerging and established Dublin artists such as Graham Knuttel, Norman Teeling, Pervaneh Matthews and Ray Sherlock.
For more information on Frank O'Dea, visit www.frankodea.net or www.ballaban.net