'If this is art, I'm Van Gogh': Terry Wogan self-portrait goes under the hammer in Limerick

Fintan Walsh


Fintan Walsh

A self-portrait of the late Terry Wogan, late BBC broadcaster from Limerick

A self-portrait of the late Terry Wogan, late BBC broadcaster from Limerick

MONTHS after the erection of a prominent bronze statue, the late veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan will be remembered once more this week — but this time in the form of a self-portrait.

For many art connoisseurs and collectors, they will be pleasantly surprised to see a quirky, mixed media self-portrait of Sir Terry at this weekend’s Dolan’s art auction at the Castletroy Park Hotel.

The small, minimal piece illustrates an animated Wogan, who passed away in 2016, and his humourous side, with the inscription: “If this is art, I am a Dutchman...Vincent van Gogh…”.

Auctioneer Niall Dolan said that the composition and caption is “kind of quirky and interesting”.

“It just adds to the colour of it. It’s a real one-off thing. It came in from somebody who had been collecting pictures, and we never know what is going to come in the door. It is one of the joys of this job,” he told the Leader ahead of the auction, which kicks off at 2pm on Sunday.

This self-portrait is expected to fetch at least €600.

Limerick art is featured prominently at the auction, with pieces by John Shinners and Henry Morgan going under the hammer.

Morgan, a 65-year-old Adare artist, has two dozen nautically-inspired oil paintings at this weekend’s event — depicting rugged impressions of the Burren, Clare Glens, Lahinch and Atlantic coasts.

“Over the past few years, there has been an increasing amount of interest in his work. And he is somebody who is going to make into more prominence, but into a bigger price bracket as well,” Niall said.

The highest bid is expected to go to Arthur K Maderson’s January Evening piece, for between €3,000 and €5,000. Works can be viewed online at www.dolansart.com, and from this afternoon at the venue.