Tinkers at the Gate

Nano Reid (1900 – 1981)

  • Artist
    Nano Reid
  • Title
    Tinkers at the Gate
  • Date
  • Dimensions
    90.5 × 48cm
  • Medium
    Oil on board
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased 1974

Nano Reid was born in Drogheda into a publican family. She studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, where she was inspired by the stained glass artist Harry Clarke, and also in London and Paris.

Reid shared with Patrick Collins, Louis le Brocquy and Jack B. Yeats, a fascination with Ireland’s Travelling people. Believing that Travellers had a more authentic connection with the landscape than settled communities, these artists, recorded the customs and lifestyles of Irish Travellers. Less discernable than le Brocquy’s better known Traveller paintings, Reid’s Tinkers at the Gate depicts a Traveller encampment in an expressionistic manner that is not immediately legible. The muddy colours and dynamic mark-making merge figure with background and suggest a people deeply rooted in the landscape.

The expressionistic style and loose brush work of Reid’s art set her apart from many of her artistic contemporaries in Ireland and has resulted in her work remaining less familiar than that of more realist or impressionist painters. Despite this fact, her innovative vision was recognised in 1950 when she was chosen, along with Norah McGuinness, to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale.

Written by Riann Coulter

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