The Irish Times points out that Dennis Hopper had a taste for Irish Art, especially Patrick Morrison and Paul Joyce whose works will both be sold in this week’s Christie’s Interiors sale that includes the remainder of the Hopper collection:
Five works (with estimates ranging between $600 and $3,000) are by Patrick Morrison who was born in Cork in 1945, emigrated to the United States at the age of 19, and has since lived and painted in California.
Hopper was a fan but Morrison’s paintings have also reputedly been bought by other Hollywood personalities including Ben Kingsley, Nick Nolte, Faye Dunaway and George Lucas and by rock stars Mick Jagger and Bono.
Morrison occasionally returns to Ireland and has exhibited in Dublin, Waterford and Clonmel in recent years. In 2005, he designed the poster (based on one of his own paintings) for the 50th Cork Film Festival.
Dennis Hopper’s other Irish painting is by Paul Joyce, a great-grand-nephew of James Joyce. Born in Dublin in 1970, he graduated from the National College of Art and Design, and now lives and paints in New York. For Lease Poinsettia Place has a relatively modest estimate of $800-$1,200.
Star’s Irish Art in Christie’s Auction (Irish Times)