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Lot 26: Frank Phelan

Lot 26: Frank Phelan Emery Collage 2013
36 x 41 cm, Oil on board

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Frank Phelan was born in Dublin in 1932. He studied at The Royal Architectural Institute of Ireland before emigrating to Canada in 1953 where he worked in Ontario at various jobs while taking classes at the Doon School of Fine Arts in Kitchener.

When he moved to London he lived with the Irish sculptor Frank Morris, found work as a stagehand at Joan Littlewood’s innovative Stratford East Theatre, and designed sets for the Unity Theatre and for Charles Marowitz’s Open Space Theatre.

Invited by Nancy Wynne-Jones to be an artist in residence at Trevaylor, the Georgian house at Gulvel that she had converted to a kind of artist’s colony, Phelan was befriended by the painter Tony O’ Malley, who introduced him to many of the key figures in the early St Ives circle and he met and exhibited with Patrick Heron, Bryan Wynter, Alan Lowndes and Peter Lanyon.

For a decade Phelan worked between Cornwall and a rented studio off the Fulham Road developing a highly abstracted compositional style. His first exhibition was organized by Richard Demarco at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh and initiated a fruitful partnership.

Frank Phelan has had many solo and group exhibitions and his paintings and mixed media works are now in private collections in England, Ireland, France, The United States as well as in the State Collection of Ireland (OPW) and the Cork Institute of Technology and Arts.

Frank Phelan is represented by Cricket Fine Art, London.