Offaly man’s stunning painting of Vicky Phelan unveiled on Late Late Show
A stunning painting by health attorney Vicky Phelan by Offaly artist Vincent Devine was revealed on the Late Late Show on Friday night.
The painting is being sold by top auction house Sheppards of Laois and all proceeds will go to the Heroes Aid charity, which supports health care workers on the front lines in the fight against Covid-19.
Clara man Vincent Devine had been keeping the project a secret for the past few months as he worked with Vicky and photographed her on Doonbeg Beach before painting the large triptych.
Vincent, 34, from Tullamore, a son of Livinus and Hazel Devine, is the man behind the paintings on display in the window of the former Kilroy’s store on the city’s High Street.
The graphic design graduate’s work went much further, however, and has been acclaimed by stars like Shakira, Will.I.Am, Alanis Morissette and JK Rowling.
His portrait of Madonna was used on one of her tours and his portrayal of Blondie singer Debbie Harry was used in her autobiography.
“They were beautiful to look at, but they didn’t have as much passion as working with Vicky,” Vincent told the Tullamore Tribune on Friday.
“If you take up someone’s story and their narrative, you can say so much more. And that’s why I don’t paint realism, the realism only limits you to seeing the outside of the person.
“Painting can carry a very important message, and Vicky’s life is basically fed into the whole piece.”
Vicky Phelan announced on the Late Late Show that she will be traveling to the United States 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 said to presenter 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 painting 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, in which Vicky is sitting on a chair on the 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.”
Sheppards 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.
The artist Vincent Devine has three children, Annalie, 9, Rowan, 5 and 16 month old Thea, with his partner Lynne.
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