Dublin Art : Curated by James Earley
“Art is such a huge part of what we’re doing here”
General Manager of The Devlin, Kevin Hurley, told us during a recent conversation about the new hotel, and there’s no-one who knows how to curate Dublin art better than James Earley.
Probably best known to locals for his large scale work on the Blooms Hotel in Temple Bar, James Earley is an artist whose work brightens up many corners of the city. He’s been painting some of the most loved street art Dublin for around 20 years, but it’s been his curatorial work of late that has solidified his place as one of Ireland’s artistic gatekeepers.
Upon opening, The Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street recruited James to adorn the walls with pieces by homegrown artists, and now the revered member of Ireland’s creative community is at it again.
“Similar to its sister hotel The Dean, The Devlin’s art collection aims to promote the best of emerging and established Irish artists,” James explains.
“This eclectic collection focuses on contemporary, visual artists working across fine art painting, print and photography. I was interested in exploring the idea of creating a collection that has an accessible quality, without compromising on artistic integrity. Before researching this project I reviewed The Dean Hotel’s collection and realised there was a poor representation of female artists. This is something that I have actively tried to rectify in The Devlin and is certainly evident as one walks around the hotel.”
Here are some of the key works James recommends checking out while you’re exploring The Devlin:
- A commissioned oil painting by Chloe Early located in Americana Bar.
- An original screen print from seminal op-artist Bridget Riley located at the lobby lift area.
- Artworks by Eva Rothchild, Kathy Prendergast and Dorothy Cross located in Americana Bar and third floor stairwell.
- A gargantuan monochrome painting by Joy Gerrard from her protest series, measuring at 2.5 metres wide. This is the largest artwork within the hotel’s collection and is located on the first floor lift lobby.
- An original neon Tracey Emin piece above reception.