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The Greatest portrait goes on show

Portrait artist David Dunne is to open his first solo exhibition in Dublin next month, which will feature a number of household names that have Irish links, including, Muhammad Ali (left) and Barack Obama.
David’s mother is a native of Ennis but the family emigrated to Canada before returning and settling in Mullingar in 1995.
A self-taught artist, David has honed his skills to portrait painting and for his first solo exhibition, he decided to put together 25 pieces with people both from the USA and Ireland who had connections to each country.
He was first struck by the idea around the time Ali visited Ennis and decided to research how many other famous and iconic people had connections to Ireland. 
“I was always interested in art and drawing since I was really young. When I was 20, I got into painting and changed from painting to acrylics and to oils. I’ve never been taught. For this exhibition I worked out a list of people I’d like to paint, Irish icons too and I’ve done paintings of Bono, Ronnie Drew, Lou Kelly and Shane McGowan for this show. In fact Shane McGowan’s wife will be opening the show, Victoria Mary Clarke,” David said.
The exhibition will open at the Bad Art Gallery, Francis Street in Dublin on Thursday March 4, from 6pm to 8pm. It will run for three weeks.

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