02 July 2005 – 02 October 2005
The White Stag Group centred around a number of British artists who based themselves in Ireland in the late 1930s and early ‘40s. The arrival of Basil Rakoczi and Kenneth Hall in Ireland at this time, created a new, youthful and dynamic focus of energy that had a profound effect on the debates and practices of art in Ireland. They brought with them the vitality of the Bloomsbury set, of which they were a part in the years preceding the War. They represented, and encouraged, a move from Academicism to Modernism, and their “Subjective Art” strongly influenced the work being made at the time by Irish artists such as Louis le Brocquy, May Guinness and Patrick Scott. The White Stag Group was not held together by an over-arching stylistic or formal basis, it was a social, geographic and intellectual collective.
The exhibition consisted of approximately 65 paintings and drawings, from international museums and private collections. Artists represented include Thurloe Conolly, Bobby Dawson, Paul Egestorff, Nick Nicholls, Patrick Scott and Doreen Vanston.