Harry Kernoff RHA
The son of Jewish parents of mixed Russian and Spanish descent, Kernoff was born in London but moved to Dublin at an early age when his father opted to begin a cabinet-making business there. Kernoff's artistic training began with night classes at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. Upon winning the prestigious Taylor Scholarship however, in 1923, he became a day student and henceforth devoted all his energies to art. Three years later he began exhibiting at the RHA, continuing to do so nearly every year for the next five decades. He also had two solo exhibitions with the Victor Waddington Galleries in 1936 and 1937. He supported himself largely through selling woodcuts; three books of these were published - the first appearing in 1942. Kernoff's depictions of working-class Dublin, it's streets of Georgian houses crossed by lines of flapping washing, are now much sort after by collectors. He was also a prolific portrait artist, painting many of Ireland's leading literary and theatrical lights, some of which now hang in the Dublin Writer's Museum. His work is in most major public collections in Ireland.