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This short documentary about renowned Irish cubist painter and stained glass artist Evie Hone Dublin was one of a series of artists’ profiles commissioned by the Cultural Relations Committee of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. Filmed at her Dublin studio in Marley Park in Rathfarnham in 1950, it explores the artist’s life, creative process and influences. In it Hone discusses her education and upbringing, and demonstrates the creation of a piece of stained glass in her workshop.  Due probably to budgetary restrictions the film is shot mainly in black and white with colour stock being reserved to show some of her finest stain glass work at the end of the film.

Hone was born in 1894, and suffered from childhood polio that resulted in lameness and poor health for the rest of her life. This did not however deter her creative abilities and after years of studying art in London & Paris, she returned to Dublin to set up her own studio in Rathfarnham. Her initial love of abstract art and cubist painting was later replaced by a career working in stain glass; she received many commissions and left an impressive legacy of artwork in this medium. One of her greatest masterpieces is the Stations of the Cross window made for Kiltullagh Church in Galway, which was sold by Whyte’s of Dublin in 2005, for €42,000.She was a friend and contemporary of Maine Jellett and together they were instrumental in introducing modern art to Ireland.

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With kind permission of the Department of Foreign Affairs.