John Short: Dalkey Visual Record & Other Works: Dalkey Town Hall

4 - 6 December


Following on from the success of artist John Short's Dalkey Visual Record series of watercolours and prints, Solomon Fine Art is delighted to announce that the series will be on display for one weekend only at a solo exhibition of the artist’s works in Dalkey Town Hall from 4-6 December next.  


As soon as the strict COVID-related travel restrictions were introduced in Ireland on 29 March 2020 John Short began using his daily 2km permitted walk to make a visual record of his neighbourhood under 'lockdown'. Luckily for Short, his house and studio lie in the picturesque and historic town of Dalkey in Co. Dublin, known for its many medieval castles, grand Victorian architecture and superb coastal vistas overlooking Dublin and Killiney Bays.  Using both sketchbook drawings and photography, Short made quick observations on his walks and then returned to his garden studio to paint the watercolours.      


John began sharing his daily paintings via Instagram and on the wildly popular local community Dalkey Open Forum Facebook page.  The response was overwhelmingly positive from both locals and ex-pats worldwide and Jamie Gill of Gill's Opticians generously offered to hang a selection of works in his shop windows. When lockdown travel restrictions were lifted the series was postponed but with the introduction of a second lockdown in Oct/Nov, the watercolours started to appear again!  To date, John has created 35 original watercolour paintings and 15 limited edition prints. 


The forthcoming exhibition in Dalkey's Town Hall will include the Visual Record series, plus a number of larger paintings of Dun Laoghaire, Sandycove and Killiney also painted this year.  All works will be for sale, with unframed prints also available for shipping worldwide.     


Due to Government restrictions, a day-long opening reception with the artist present will take place on Friday from 3pm to 8pm to allow for social distancing. Throughout the weekend we will most likely have to restrict the numbers of guests in the hall, so we kindly request visitors to prebook a timeslot via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment.  You can book your tickets online here (free, up to a max of 4 per person)


Alternatively please phone us at the gallery to book a time that suits you. This will ensure that we can maintain small numbers of guests in the hall for your comfort and safety. 


For further details please telephone +353 1 6724429 (or call 086 8142380 whilst the exhibition is open).  If you would like to receive an invitation for the opening, please subscribe to our mailing list via the link above.  


Dalkey Town Hall, Castle Street, Dalkey, A96 DE61, Co Dublin

John Short exhibition opening hours:

Friday: 3pm to 9pm

Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Sunday: 10am to 5pm