John Short: Dalkey Visual Record

29 March - 25 July 2020


Solomon Fine Art is delighted to announce an exhibition of uplifting, lock-down inspired watercolours by artist John Short. These vibrant works on paper are available to view on-line and in the windows of Gill Opticians in Dalkey, Co. Dublin.


From the start of COVID-related travel restrictions introduced on March 29th 2020 John Short began using his daily 2km permitted walk to make a visual record of his neighbourhood under 'lock-down'.  Luckily for Short, his house and studio lie in the picturesque and historic town of Dalkey Co. Dublin, known for its many medieval castles, grand Victorian architecture and superb coastal vistas overlooking Dublin and Killiney Bays. Using both sketchbook drawings done 'en plein air' and photography,  Short captures his favourite local landmarks at the perfect moment and then returns to his garden studio to produce the finished paintings in watercolour.


To amuse himself, John began sharing his daily paintings to Facebook, Instagram and the Dalkey online community forum.  Local and international interest in these works has been so overwhelming that the artist has now decided to frame and exhibit the work so that Dalkey residents can enjoy them whilst lock-down continues. Jamie Gill of Gill's Opticians on St Patrick's Road, Dalkey has generously agreed to hang a selection of works in his windows. 


The series has now ended and there are 30 original watercolour paintings and 14 limited edition prints.  There will be an exhibition showing ALL of the paintings in the Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre in the centre of Dalkey town from the 4th - 6th December, 2020


Click on any of the thumbnails below for purchase & shipping options.  Original watercolours are priced from €1600 (inc frame).  John has also decided to make smaller, limited-edition giclée prints of fourteen of the paintings, priced from €250 each (unframed).  Framing can be easily arranged through Barry's Framing Workshop in Dalkey - scroll down for more info.  


For further details please telephone  +353 1 6724429.   Free delivery in the Dalkey area! 


John was scheduled to have a solo exhibition here at Solomon Gallery in Dublin city centre in June 2020, but due to the COVID-19 art gallery closures, we have had to postpone the opening until Spring 2021 - please join our mailing list (or email us at if you would like to receive exhibition details and an opening night invitation in due course.