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Phyllis Dodd (1899 - 1995)

Norah McGuinness , 1924

SKU: 8379
Signed, titled and inscribed ‘drypoint’
Drypoint
Image size; 10 1/2 x 8 in. (27 x 20 cm)
Paper size; 15 x 10 3/4 in. (38 x 27.5 cm)

Size:
Height – 27cm
Width – 20cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artists’ Daughters
Presentation:
framed

Phyllis Dodd was an accomplished portrait artist. Studying at the Liverpool School of Art from 1917‚Äì21, Dodd received a Royal Exhibition Scholarship and attended the Royal College of Art for four years ‚Äì alongside Henry Moore (1898‚Äì1986), Raymond Coxon (1896‚Äì1997) and Edna Ginesi (1902‚Äì2000), with whom she would remain friends for the rest of her life ‚Äì winning the Drawing Prize in her final year.  Other friends included

Norah McGuinness  attended life classes at Derry Technical School and from 1921 studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art under Patrick Tuohy (1894‚Äì1930), Oswald Reeves (1870‚Äì1967) and Harry Clarke. Through Clarke she obtained a commission to illustrate Sterne’s A Sentimental Journey (London, 1926). She attended the Chelsea Polytechnic in London, where her co-lodgers were the Phyllis Dodd and Kathleen Bridle, (known to friends as Pindi).  

She settled in 1925 in Wicklow and was involved in the literary and theatrical life of Dublin, designing for the Abbey and Peacock theatres and illustrating W. B. Yeats’s Stories of Red Hanrahan (London, 1927).

She married the editor Geoffrey Phibbs, but they divorced in 1930 after Phibbs had left her more than once, notably for the poet Laura Riding, also the mistress of Robert Graves.

On Mainie Jellett’s advice she went to Paris in 1929 to study with André Lh√¥te and came under the influence of the Ecole de Paris.

Portrait of Norah McGuinness by Hugh Cronyn (who had studied with her at André Lhote’s aetalier in Paris) 1937 (Private Collection).  

After time spent in Paris she moved to  London where she was a member of Lucy Wertheim’s ‘Twenties Group’ and of the avant-garde London Group. From 1937-39 she lived in New York. After New York, she returned to Ireland in 1939, settled in Dublin and concentrated on painting. She died in County Dublin.

Although her work remained figurative, she painted vivid, highly coloured landscapes; her work shows the cubist influence of Lhote and she was associated with the modern movement in Ireland. She helped found the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943 and became its president in 1944 after the death of Mainie Jellett.

With Nano Reid she represented Ireland in the 1950 Venice Biennale. This was the first time Ireland participated in this international exhibition. By 2017, the official list of artists representing Ireland since 1950 showed that the majority of artists chosen in the years since McGuinness and Reid’s participation were women. She was elected an honorary member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1957, but later resigned.

There was a retrospective of her work in the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College Dublin in 1968, and in 1973 the college awarded her an honorary doctorate. Her work featured in IMMA’s 2013 Analysing Cubism’ exhibition.

Works by McGuinness can be found in the following public collections: The Crawford Art Gallery, Cork,The Irish Museum of Modern Art,The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Arts Council of Ireland, and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. 

We are grateful to Carole Froude-Durix and Rosalind Bliss for assistance.

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THE ARTIST

Phyllis Dodd
Phyllis
Dodd
1899 - 1995

Phyllis Dodd achieved considerable success from early on in
her prolific career. Studying at the Liverpool School of Art from
1917’21, she received a Royal Exhibition Scholarship and
attended the Royal College of Art for four years ‘ alongside Henry
Moore (1898’1986), Raymond Coxon (1896’1997) and Edna
Ginesi (1902’2000), with whom she would remain friends for the
rest of her life ‘ winning the Drawing Prize in her final year. 

From 1925 to 1930 she taught part-time at Walthamstow
Technical College. In 1928, she married the artist Douglas
Percy Bliss (1900’1984) and they worked alongside each other,
exhibiting together at Derby Art Gallery in 1947. She also
exhibited at the NEAC, the RA, the RP, the Walker Art Gallery
and the RSA, and in 1989 the Hatton Gallery at Newcastle
University held a large retrospective exhibition to celebrate her
ninetieth birthday.

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