‘To see my painting in a gallery was unbelievable’: An incognito charity fundraiser
Artist Fiona Breheny donated works to Jack & Jill’s Incognito art sale three years ago before knowing that her husband’s niece would benefit from home care from her nurses.
Painting was a hobby she had been silent about at the time, and it wasn’t until she told her sister-in-law Deirdre Gill that she had entered a painting of her and her eldest child Tiernan in the upcoming 2019 exhibition. that the connection became obvious. Deirdre, whose brother Diarmuid Bailey is married to Fiona, was in the Temple Street hospital with their daughter Saoirse at the time and was referred to Jack & Jill for home care.
“That only added to the excitement,” says Fiona, who lined up at the Solomon Gallery in Dublin on the day of sale to buy the painting for Deirdre. She was too late, it was already over, but the whole experience helped her start her as an artist.
“For me as an artist who was just starting to see my painting in a gallery, it was incredible,” says Fiona, an elementary school teacher who specializes in watercolor painting fleeting memories in her spare time, some of which were incorporated into family photos ( @fionab_art).
This year, Incognito will be held online for the second time in a row. The collection of more than 3,000 original works of art in postcard format, each costing € 60, can now be viewed online at incognito.ie.
For the buyer, it’s a thrill because you could make someone famous
However, the identity of the artist is only disclosed to the buyer after a work has been purchased. You might get an absolute bargain from leading Irish artists like Robert Ballagh, Una Sealy, Peter Curling, Mick O’Dea and Helen Steele, or the creation of celebrities like U2’s The Edge, Bob Geldof, Tommy Tiernan and Jason Byrne.
Selling starts on Thursday April 22nd at 10am. However, if something goes on last year, buyers need to be quick as everything sold out in minutes.
“It’s a thrill for the buyer because you could make someone famous,” says Fiona. Either way, you’re getting something nice and helping a good cause, so it’s a win-win for everyone. “
Although Fiona had her first child, Elena, seven months ago, she managed to submit three works to Incognito this year as well.
For her, it comes full circle, she adds, “because I get something from it and know that it gives something back to the families”.
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