Renowned Irish carver and gilder Patrick Coffey is holding an exhibition of his works, "1916 and Irish Tribal Art," at the Consulate of Ireland in New York City, Monday November 9 to Friday November 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM. To make arrangements for a viewing, please call (718) 651-7336. A reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday November 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Please also call the above number to make arrangements to attend the reception. The Consulate is at 399 Park Avenue in Manhattan, on the 17th Floor. A valid photo ID is required.
Pictured, the 1916 Commemorative Mirror
Patrick Coffey, born in Cobh, County Cork, is celebrated around the world for his depictions of ancient Irish art. His focus is on the 1st through 9th centuries, working with native woods, such a the Whispering Tree and the Blackthorn. Among his most famous pieces are "The Sidh Harp" and "The War Club."
Complementing his carving talents is his fame in gilding. In this, he is also inspired by Irish history, although often more modern history. An exquisite example of his gilding is his "1916 Commemorative Mirror," re-creating the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
Coffey's art is part of many prestigious collections around the world, including the private collections of Ronald Reagan, the Sultan of Brunei and King Faud of Saudi Arabia. He is the nephew of famed soccer announcer Tommy Smyth, and he presented Smyth with a commemorative shillelagh when his uncle was Grand Marshal of the NYC St. Patrick's Parade in 2008. He has presented a shillelagh to subsequent grand marshals, including Timothy Cardinal Dolan this year.
Right, Brian Boru Harp
To learn more about the artist, go to his website, www.patrickcoffeyart.com.