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Cecil ffrench Salkeld ARHA (1904-1969)
As a member of the Dublin Painters group, as well as a poet, playwright and owner of the Gayfield Press, Cecil Salkeld was at the forefront of the avant-garde in Irish arts and literature. He studied art in Kassell in the early 1920s, coming under the influence of Otto Dix and the New Objectivity movement. Upon returning to Dublin, he aligned himself immediately with the modernists, showing works with the New Irish Salon and the Radical Painters' Group among others. Reviewing an exhibition of his at the Victor Waddington Galleries in 1945, the Dublin Magazine commented on Salkeld's "original, sombre palette, intellectually rather than emotionally conceived".