Harry Kernoff: The Little Genius
Harry Kernoff: The Little Genius is the first full-length biography of one of Ireland's leading artists. Born in London, Kernoff moved to Dublin in 1914 and from 1923 until his death in 1974 was a full-time artist, when it was neither 'profitable nor fashionable'. Against the odds Harry Kernoff has left a more encompassing visual record of the Irish experience during the twentieth century than any contemporary painter through his empathic interest in ordinary people and especially the rank-and-file Dubliners.
Through interviews with people who knew him; fellow artists, companions, collectors and relatives, plus an extensive trawl through archives and catologues, Kevin O'Connor provides a revealing look at an extraordinary artist, emphasising Kernoff's humanity, his art and his prolific output. The value of Kernoff's work has risen dramatically in recent years, as has his reputation as an artist. This lavishly illustrated book is a fitting tribute to an exceptional artist.