ART'S NEW GENERAL; Cahill's brother finds paint pays better than crime.THE brother of Ireland's most notorious criminal, Martin Cahill Martin Cahill (May 23 1949 – August 18 1994) was a prominent Irish criminal from Dublin.
Cahill generated a certain notoriety in the media, which referred to him by the sobriquet The General. , has taken the art world by storm in a new exhibition of his haunting work.
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Cahill was born in New York City, New York. He is of Irish and Italian descent. He has two sisters: one older and one younger. , 48, younger sibling of murdered crime lord The General is thousands of pounds richer since a gallery of his paintings went on show in Dublin last week.
The convicted kidnapper and drug smuggler started painting in 1992 while serving an eight years in Portlaoise jail for possession of pounds 50,000 worth of heroin.
Today a single painting by the former criminal fetches up to pounds 1,600 while three inch square motifs are being snapped up at pounds 75 each.
Cahill's private exhibition, entitled Grafton Street's A Wonderland, is currently on show at the City Arts Centre An art center or arts centre is distinct from an art gallery or art museum. An arts centre is a functional community centre with a specific remit to encourage arts practice and to provide facilities such as theatre space, gallery space, venues for musical performance, .
Despite the cheery cheer·y
adj. cheer·i·er, cheer·i·est
Showing or suggesting good spirits; cheerful: a cheery hello.
cheer title Cahill's works have been inspired by a collection of disturbing subjects from Dublin's underworld.
The charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings, featuring haunting faces of women and men which Cahill has created over the past two years, were inspired by prison inmates.
Cahill, whose brother Martin was shot dead in 1994, has devoted himself to being a full-time artist since his release from prison.
His first works to be exhibited were shown in Dublin's Project Arts Centre The Project Arts Centre is a venue for cutting-edge visual art and performance located in Dublin's Temple Bar.
Founded in 1967 after a successful three week festival at the Gate Theatre in 1966, the Project Arts Centre had several homes before it opened for business in a in 1995 when he was still behind bars.
Today collectors anxiously await his latest offerings from a venture which is keeping him on the right side of the law.
Ironically, he was quizzed by Gardai about peddling some of the priceless Beit collection paintings which his brother The General stole from Russborough House Russborough House is a stately house situated near the Blessington Lakes in County Wicklow, Ireland, between the towns of Blessington and Ballymore Eustace. It is a particularly fine example of Palladian architecture, designed by Richard Cassels for the First Earl of Milltown, - the Wicklow home of Sir Alfred Beit Alfred Beit (15 February 1853-16 July 1906) was a British South African gold and diamond magnate and supporter of British imperialism in Southern Africa.
Life and career- in 1986.
Martin Cahill masterminded the world's biggest art theft and even visited the home days before the raid to choose which ones he would steal.
His young brother took up painting eight years ago after being taught by Brian Maguire, one of Ireland's best known contemporary artists, who runs a painting course at Portlaoise.
A HARDENED criminal who had followed his brother into a life in the underworld, he stunned stun
tr.v. stunned, stun·ning, stuns
1. To daze or render senseless, by or as if by a blow.
2. To overwhelm or daze with a loud noise.
3. prison staff with the intensity of his drawings.
Cahill used to sleep during the day in prison and paint at night when it was quiet using candles made from butter.
An introduction to Cahill in a catalogue for his current work read: "When his fellow prisoners were being locked in for the night at 8pm, Eddie Cahill commenced his 12-hour shift - a creating vigil.
"Working in his bed with charcoal and folio size paper, while others slept, he gave substance to those haunting spectres and visions.
"The fall-out from his nocturnal nocturnal /noc·tur·nal/ (nok-tur´n'l) pertaining to, occurring at, or active at night.
1. Of, relating to, or occurring in the night.
2. labour described the shape of his body on the white bedsheet.
"The darkness, no longer a chasm of despair, no more a hell without hope, became a place illuminated by magic. The darkness flooded with life."
Cahill was released from prison in March 1997 and a year later showed new works at the TristAnn's Gallery in Dundalk.
The paintings were snapped up by collectors turning him into an overnight painting sensation.
His current catalogue biography added: "In prison Cahill concentrated on his own exact regime of non- compliance.
"Eddie Cahill will not be compromised by social security.
"He will not cringe cringe
intr.v. cringed, cring·ing, cring·es
1. To shrink back, as in fear; cower.
2. To behave in a servile way; fawn.
An act or instance of cringing. and beg from those who stoke the darkness.
"His refusal to be beholden be·hold·en
Owing something, such as gratitude, to another; indebted.
[Middle English biholden, past participle of biholden, to observe; see behold. has empowered him with confidence.
"Eddie Cahill's most harrowing portraits to date began in January of this year. They commemorate 23 women prisoners in Mountjoy jail.
"His school has been of the hardest type from which few painters choose to graduate.
"It is his experiences outside of the law and inside the darkness that have forged his style.
"His paintings arrest the on-looker in the way that horror does.
"It is not exclusively that Eddie Cahill is an outsider from the margins of society that he can associate so sympathetically with his subjects.
"He is a sensitive artist and an intense human being. He is an outsider only in terms of social reference and familial background.
"Cahill has provided us with an insight, a knowledge of the darkness that exists beyond the ken of most."
Eddie Cahill has always shied shied 1
Past tense and past participle of shy1.
the past of shy1 or shy2 away from publicising his family background.
He has refused to use his brother's name as a catalyst to attract buyers to buy his work.
His paintings have stood on their own in the fickle fick·le
Characterized by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.
[Middle English fikel, from Old English ficol, world of art and are gaining in value.
Cahill's career path has taken a different direction from his siblings.
But his notorious crime lord brother did share his love of art.
Not only was he behind the famous Beit raid in 1986, some of which have still not been found, but two years later he also masterminded a second art raid when he made off with the Murnaghan collection.
AROUND 40 of the paintings recovered from a batch of 60 stolen were sold in Dublin last year.
Alice Murnaghan, the widow of a Supreme Court judge, was 93 when Cahill broke into her house.
He locked her in a bedroom with her housekeeper while his gang helped themselves to the family art collection.
Around two-thirds of the Murnaghan paintings and pieces of silverware stolen were recovered within weeks but some had been badly damaged in transit.
The most important piece taken by Cahill, a 15th century work attributed to Giacomo Pacchiarotto, fetched pounds 17,250 at auction last year.
And Cahill's younger brother Wiki is aware of the following uses of "'Younger Brother":
He was jailed last month for seven years for tying up and robbing two elderly nuns in a terrifying ter·ri·fy
tr.v. ter·ri·fied, ter·ri·fy·ing, ter·ri·fies
1. To fill with terror; make deeply afraid. See Synonyms at frighten.
2. To menace or threaten; intimidate. hour-long ordeal.
A series of syringe attacks on pensioners in Dublin have earned the HIV-infected drug addict a reputation as Ireland's most cowardly crook.