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Artists couldnt retrieve work

September 7th, 2015 5:20 PM

By Southern Star Team

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By Kieran O’Mahony

THE brother of Jim Donovan, who owns the Private Collector Gallery in Innishannon, said he is disappointed that some artists were unable to retrieve their paintings because he couldn’t access the property when he visited it.

Mike Donovan, who lives in England, agreed to come over to facilitate artists to get their paintings back from the gallery.

As reported in The Southern Star last month, several artists complained that Jim hadn’t paid them for paintings that he had sold on their behalf. ‘I was over from August 22nd-25th with the intention of meeting artists and was working to a prearranged schedule. On Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th I was able to meet with four artists or their representatives, and released 35 paintings to them,’ said Mike Donovan.

‘However, from Monday evening onwards, I ceased to have access to the gallery and therefore had to cancel my appointments with artists for the rest of the week, and I returned home to the UK.’

Mike is trying to negotiate access to the gallery through a solicitor and the landlord, and he is hoping to appoint an agent to facilitate and supervise the return of artwork to artists.

‘I would like to reiterate that I have nothing to do with the gallery, and know nothing of its workings and that I have simply got involved to help out at this difficult period in order to facilitate the return of artwork in the gallery to artists. Jim’s health is still very bad and he is presently awaiting results and scans,’ said Mike.

Any artists who have not been in contact with Mike to retrieve their works are asked to email him at [email protected]

By Kieran O’Mahony

THE brother of Jim Donovan, who owns the Private Collector Gallery in Innishannon, said he is disappointed that some artists were unable to retrieve their paintings because he couldn’t access the property when he visited it.

Mike Donovan, who lives in England, agreed to come over to facilitate artists to get their paintings back from the gallery.

As reported in The Southern Star last month, several artists complained that Jim hadn’t paid them for paintings that he had sold on their behalf. ‘I was over from August 22nd-25th with the intention of meeting artists and was working to a prearranged schedule. On Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th I was able to meet with four artists or their representatives, and released 35 paintings to them,’ said Mike Donovan.

‘However, from Monday evening onwards, I ceased to have access to the gallery and therefore had to cancel my appointments with artists for the rest of the week, and I returned home to the UK.’

Mike is trying to negotiate access to the gallery through a solicitor and the landlord, and he is hoping to appoint an agent to facilitate and supervise the return of artwork to artists.

‘I would like to reiterate that I have nothing to do with the gallery, and know nothing of its workings and that I have simply got involved to help out at this difficult period in order to facilitate the return of artwork in the gallery to artists. Jim’s health is still very bad and he is presently awaiting results and scans,’ said Mike.

Any artists who have not been in contact with Mike to retrieve their works are asked to email him at [email protected]

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