Heroes Aid is proud to unveil the TRIPTYCH PORTRAIT OF VICKY PEHLAN
Heroes Aid is Proud to unveil the TRIPTYCH PORTRAIT OF VICKY PEHLAN
This artwork was commissioned by Heroes Aid in honour of our board member and patient advocate Vicky Phelan, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to women’s health in Ireland.
Our charity approached Vicky Phelan in 2020 to be a member of the board. We had been incredibly impressed by her ability to give a voice to those who needed it most and knew she’d play a crucial role in helping our country’s vulnerable healthcare workers who have been placed under unrelenting pressure since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s only fitting that she now has a portrait to tell her own story.
The painting was generously donated by Tullamore artist, Vincent Devine, who has worked closely with our charity since its inception and also designed our logo.
The Portrait Explained:
Straddling the boundaries of Realism, Surrealism and Expressionism, Devine has infused the portrait with a mysterious pulse that resonates beyond the canvas. Reading from left to right, Vicky Phelan’s narrative is conveyed as past, present and future acted out on Doonbeg beach in the west of Ireland. The left-hand panel is dominated by a powerful assemblage of flesh and bone whose forward motion is suddenly halted. The centre panel dominates. Here the sitter engages directly with the viewer. Events, both joyful and traumatic are rendered symbolically. Her outstretched right hand supports a bird, a young crimson rosella, representative of her daughter; on her left hand, her son as a sapling oak. Beneath her left foot, a colonnade represents a legal triumph while shamrocks close to her heart are emblematic of the continuous support she has received from the people of Ireland and beyond. Within her torso, invisible cancer is made visible. Her eyes are bright with strength and hope. In the right-hand panel a horse is looking backwards, a collage of powerfully charged symbols is placed between its hind legs and forelegs. A flickering candle reminds the viewer of the fragility of life itself. Indented into the sands beneath, Vicky Phelan’s footsteps then leave the canvas.
Already attracting worldwide attention, the ‘Triptych Portrait of Vicky Phelan’, goes under the hammer at Sheppards’ Irish Auction House at 2pm on Thursday February 4th 2021. The sale will be conducted live online at: sheppards.ie
Bidders may participate by phone, online or via commission bid.
For more information go to sheppards.ie/heroesaid or call Philip Sheppard on 086 876 5000.
All funds raised will go directly to Heroes Aid.
Beginning his painting practice in 2008, Vincent started to paint independently while studying for his Honours Degree in Graphic Design to explore a new way of painting. Subconscious undertones have always been prevalent in his work and he continues to defy categorisation as an artist of a certain genre due to his constant fluctuation into new and exciting styles in his painting practice. Vincent seeks to find answers to the subconscious undertones that have always informed his work yet eludes understanding on a conscious plane. His new work will be explored under the umbrella term “Neo-Dimensionism” and seeks to visually explain the inexplicable, paint the unpaintable.
Learn more about the work of Artist Vincent Devine