Markey Robinson "Ballerinas"
Oil on board 34.5 x 60cm (13.5 x 23.5inches) Signed, also signed and inscribed verso Provenance: From the McClelland Collection and on loan to IMMA from 1999 – 2004 Exhibited: Ulster Artists Exhibition, the AVA Gallery, Clandeboye, April 2010, catalogue no. 39. Published in: Literature: Markey Robinson – Maverick Spirit by Michael Mulreany, full page illustration p74. This work is thought to date from circa 1952 when Markey exhibited several works on the ballerina and theatre theme at the CEMA.
"George McClelland was prominent in Belfast among those who recognised Markey's painterly qualities and presented his work at the McClelland Gallery....Over a period of some 40 years, McClelland built up one of the most important collections of modern Irish art. Consisting of over four hundred works, including several by Markey, it is now on long-term loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) in Dublin...including Ballerinas (see illustration page 74) are in the collection now on loan to IMMA)"*. -Markey Robinson – Maverick Spirit by Michael Mulreany,
Note: After being on loan to IMMA the painting was subsequently sold on to a private collector