Offaly artist’s stunning painting of Vicky Phelan to be auctioned for charity

A triptych portrait of Vicky Phelan by Offaly artist Vincent Devine, revealed Friday night on the Late Late Show, is due to be auctioned for the Heroes Aid charity. The charity supports frontline workers in the fight against Covid-19.

The stunning portrait described as the summary of the life of the women’s health advocate.

In an emotional interview, Vicky Phelan announced on the Late Late Show that she will be traveling to the United States this Sunday to participate in a clinical trial to fight new tumors.

“The only pain I get is in my back … If I stand too long, I get a relentless pain in my back,” she told Ryan Tubridy.

Vicky spoke about her fight against cancer and how the treatment has helped her over the past three years.

She said she would leave her family behind and stay in Maryland for up to six months while treatment was ongoing.

“If this experiment works, I’ll have more time with my children.”

The Pembro drug has been helping her for three years and she hopes the next course of treatment will add at least the same length of life to her life.

Vicky has written a bestselling book about her life and experiences during the cervical spine controversy since she was diagnosed in 2014.

She told Ryan Tubridy that the three-part portrait depicts the past, present, and future, with each element, especially the horses, one black and one white, representing parts of her life, including a car accident that occurred before cancer developed.

The inclusion of a shamrock in the centerpiece, which Vicky shows on a chair on Doonbeg Beach, was her idea.

“This is supposed to represent the Irish people who have taken me to heart,” she said. “It’s a painting of hope and I hope people will see it that way.”

Elsewhere in the portrait, the bird resting on her left hand is a purple rosella and represents her daughter Amelia, who is 15 years old.
The oak leaf in her left hand is for her nine-year-old boy Darragh. He is a sapling and will grow tall and strong.

Vicky Phelan sat on Doonbeg Beach, one of her favorite spots, for the portrait. Clara-based artist Vincent Devine mixed some Doonbeg sand with paint for part of the portrait.

Vincent said, “Painting can have a very important message and Vicky’s life is basically fed into the whole piece.”

Sheppard’s auction house was hired by Heroes Aid to auction the painting, which Philip Sheppard described as “a really, really important work of art”.

It will be auctioned on Thursday, February 4th at 2 p.m. The sale will be live online and accessible to a global audience of bidders.

“We are absolutely thrilled. The work of the front workers is incredible. They are under a lot of pressure and whatever we can do to support them we enjoy doing and it is a privilege to do so, ”said Philip.

“We think Vincent is an emerging and talented artist and it’s great to see it happen in the Midlands.

“Vincent has developed a very good relationship with her and that is reflected in the artwork, which is full of symbolism.”

The auction house has waived all fees. “Our fees are donated along with the hammer price,” said Philip.

Anyone can watch or bid online at sheppards.ie

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