Who's Who at Whyte's
Ian Whyte, Managing Director, has worked in the art and collectibles business since the mid 1960s and is a licensed auctioneer since 1975. He has, in the last five decades, handled many important sales of Irish art, as well as specialised sales of a great variety of collectibles including antiquarian books, literary and historical manuscripts and documents, stamps, banknotes, coins, medals, militaria, photographs, memorabilia, ephemera and collectable toys, to mention but a few! He has made many appearances on television and radio and features regularly in the printed media.
Marianne Newman was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2002. Marianne has over 30 years’ management experience in a major semi-state transport company. As Operations Director at Whyte’s Marianne manages the firm’s staff, logistics and events, including organising the large auction exhibitions held regularly by Whyte’s at the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and in our galleries.
Adelle Hughes BA MA, Head of Art and Associate Director at Whyte’s holds a first class honours Master’s degree in Arts Management and Cultural Policy from University College Dublin as well as an honours BA International degree in Art History, having spent one of the four years course in La Complutense in Madrid. Adelle is a member of the Irish Association of Art Historians and has worked on a variety of arts and cultural projects both in the private and public sector in Ireland, Europe and most recently for an arts foundation in the United States. Adelle oversees the valuation and cataloguing of all art works submitted to Whyte’s and edits the superb catalogues produced for each art sale.
Stuart Purcell BA is Head of Collectibles at Whyte’s. He has over 15 years experience in the business, having previously worked in Adams Saleroom in Dublin, Thomas Adam in Blackrock and lately as a director of Orr & Company, Delgany. He has extensive knowledge of antiques and collectibles and acts as a valuer and advisor to several major corporate clients and loss adjusters as well as collectors. Stuart presents “Cash or Trash” on TV3 in which he appraises collectibles submitted by viewers.
Peter Whyte, Director, eighth generation member of the family, joined the firm in 2007. In 2015 he completed a three year course in Art & The Art Market hosted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors at Kingston University, Surrey, where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree. Peter is a licensed auctioneer; he appraises and catalogues works of art for auction and regularly conducts sales from the rostrum with his father Ian.
Sean Kelly, Head of Accounts at Whyte’s, has been with the firm since 2012. He previously worked in the accounts department of high profile firms, such as Ivor Fitzpatrick & Company Solicitors, Dublin. He is the first point of contact for Whyte’s valued clients, whether paying for purchases or seeking payment for sales. Seán is highly regarded for his personable and down to earth manner in smoothing even the most difficult of international transactions in order that buyers may enjoy their purchased treasures hassle free and sellers can expect a speedy and reliable payment.
Matthew Slack, BA MA, was appointed Curator at Whyte’s in 2015, having worked on a casual and part-time basis for the firm for over ten years. Mathew is responsible for the safe storage, conservation and exhibition of works of art and collectibles consigned to Whyte’s for sale, as well as photography and imaging of collectibles for the on-line and printed catalogues. He also assists at the auctions and gives talks about some of the works of art on exhibition. Matthew holds a Masters Degree (Art in the Contemporary World) from the Visual Culture Department of the National College of Art and Design. He has a Bachelors’ Degree in Visual Arts Practice from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire and a BA in Natural science (Physics with Astrophysics) from Trinity College Dublin. Prior to embarking on his Masters studies Matthew collaborated in running the programming and execution of exhibitions for Flatpack Galleries and Studios in Smithfield, which he co-founded. He has taken part in or facilitated a number of public talks, performances and exhibitions in the Arts in Dublin and around the country.
Michelle Bourke, who joined Whyte’s in 2016, is a very experienced administrator having worked in publishing with Phoenix Magazine for over ten years. From working on content for Arts features she gained a knowledge of and appreciation for the Art market in Ireland. Her strong background in administration and proof reading skills are very valuable to her work in Whyte’s ensuring all documentation delivered to our clients is accurate. Michelle is responsible for the smooth and effective running of the “back office” as well as being in charge of “front of house” where she efficiently directs clients to the appropriate expert.