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Today is varnishing day at the RHA (Royal Hibernian Academy) – the precursor to the  186th Annual Exhibition that shows hundreds of works of art by known and unknown artist living in Ireland. This year the exhibition is running at an earlier than usual date to coincide with the 1916 Exhibition that was burnt during the 1919 Easter rising.

And lucky me, I was invited to join my talented friend Fergus A. Ryan to get a sneak peek at the exhibition before it officially opens tomorrow. The oil painting he is showing is called Entwined and depicts my beautiful niece, the artists inspiration for his beautiful work.

I can’t wait to see my niece hanging in the gallery – which The Guardian recently named the best art space in Dublin – after all, as a proud aunt, I love spending time with her, even if it is only in picture form.  So with that in mind I’d better get ready for my date with art.

Entwined (Oil) by Fergus A. Ryan

Entwined (Oil), by Fergus A. Ryan