Evie Hone (1894-1955): a Pioneering Artist
3rd December 2005 - 4th June 2006
Supported by Abbey Stained Glass Studios
This in-focus exhibition was organised to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Evie Hone (1894-1955). Each aspect of the artist's career was highlighted from her early abstract work through to her later stained glass pieces, bringing together some 25 works drawn from public and private collections around Ireland.
Born in Dublin, Evie Hone's first art lessons were with the British artist, Walter Sickert at the Westminster School of Art, London in 1914. It was here she met her lifelong friend and fellow artist Mainie Jellett. Six years later she went to Paris, to be joined by Jellett. Together they studied for a year with the semi-cubist painter and writer Andre Lhote and then with Albert Gleizes, the well-known abstract cubist painter and theorist. The influence of these artists is evident in Hone's work and reflect not only the Continental avant-garde ideas of her teachers but draw interesting parallels with Irish Christian art.
In the 1930s the style of her compositions developed and became more figurative in their representation. Of these her landscape scenes are noted for their marvellous freshness and vitality. Today, Evie Hone's reputation rests largely on the expressive intensity of her stained glass output. She first worked in this media in 1931 and from then until her death in 1955 she produced a series of splendid windows including the huge, eighteen-light Crucifixion and the Last Supper at Eton College chapel and My Four Green Fields now in Government Buildings, Dublin.