Photo courtesy The J.P. Donleavy Archives.

There were a series of Donleavy art shows in the late 1940s-early 1950s at 7, St. Steven's Green Gallery in Dublin, These two being March, 1950 and June, 1950. The shows featured oils, watercolors and sculptures. These exhibitions were given before JPD began writing The Ginger Man. It was clear from the start of Donleavy's creative output, be it with brush or typewriter, he was never afraid to rock
the status quo and was determined to follow his own path. As would later be infused in his writing, Donleavy's fine art melded the naked truths of the human condition with humor, a deep but tender sadness and no-holds-barred portraiture. More details on these early shows are provided in Donleavy's autobiographical books J.P. Donleavy's Ireland and The History of The Ginger Man.

JPD at opening of the third off the Steven's Green shows with first wife, Valerie, and brother-in-law, Michael Heron. Photo courtesy the J.P. Donleavy archives.
Oil circa early 1950s shown in Steven's Green show. Photo courtesy the J.P. Donleavy archives.
Click to see announcement for the Steven's Green March, 1950 show
Click to see announcement for the Steven's Green June, 1950 show
Catalog cover for June, 1950 show, signed by JPD. Again, thanks to Bill Dunn for contributing these rare pieces to the site. Photo courtesy the J.P. Donleavy Archives. (Click image for larger view)
Catalog cover for March, 1950 show. Thanks to Bill Dunn for contributing this piece. Photo courtesy the J.P. Donleavy Archives. (Click image for larger view).
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