John Short: Dalkey Visual Record: 29 March onwards

29 March - 30 June 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.


Since March 29th John Short has been 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 paintings will change every couple of days - so watch that space! 


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 seven of the paintings, priced at €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 Tara at +353 86 8142380.   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 July/August - 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.