The eleven foot tall Bronze Sculpture of Sir William Orpen is almost complete. It will be unveiled in Stillorgan in 2016 by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones who is a big fan and collector of Orpen’s work.
Sculptor Rowan Gillespie created the bust using one of Orpen’s famous self-portraits along with photographs of one of his Grandsons – James Birkin and his Great Grandson – Danny Olivier.
The four smaller bronze sculptures are based on Orpen’s paintings which give an overview of the various aspects of his life’s work – Poilu & Tommy (French & British soldiers) represent his time as an Official War Artist in World War 1.
The self-portrait in mirrors represents his fondness for pictorial self-expression along with his fascination with mirrors.
The nude of Yvonne Aubicq represents his fondness for the female form and the final piece will be a Still-Life.
The location of the sculpture is under discussion with the Dun Laoghaire County Council who are currently working on new traffic management plans for Stillorgan and the unveiling date depends on your financial support.
While there is an option for sponsors to have their name, company name or the name of a loved one engraved on a plaque beside the sculpture for €1000 you can make a donation of any denomination to:-
The Stillorgan Chamber of Commerce, Priory House, 19 Priory Office Park, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, A94 H7A4
Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request bank or paypal details.
You can also purchase a reproduction in print or canvas from Orpen’s Shop