Evie Hone

Evie Hone was born in Dublin into a family of recognised Irish artists. She attended various artistic institutions before she moved to Paris and studied under French painters André Lhote (1885-1965) and Albert Gleizes (1881-1953), the latter of which strongly influenced the spirit of Hone’s work.

Hone is credited as being among those artists who brought French artistic movements, such as Cubism, to Ireland. In 1924 Hone exhibited with her friend Mainie Jellett (1897-1944) at the Dublin Painters Gallery and the work indeed reflects the two artists shared artistic experience in Paris, indeed artworks from this time by either Jellett or Hone are almost indistinguishable.

However, In 1933 Hone began to work in stained glass upon joining Tur Gloine and is now best known for her work in this medium. Notably, Hone used the modern artistic movement of Cubism to depict the assertively traditional subject of religious devotion. Hone was instrumental in the formation of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art founded in 1943 as a salon des refuses in the face of the traditional academic monopoly of the RHA. Her involvement in I.E.L.A. as well as her enduring agenda made her a staunch proponent of modern art in Ireland.

Hone received a number of important commissions, predominantly from religious orders who appreciated the gusto and new life which she breathed into the religious subject. Her stained glass windows can be found in various churches and chapels throughout Ireland and United Kingdom.
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