Mainie Jellett Biography and Works - Ross's Auctioneers & Valuers
Mainie Jellett

Born Mary Harriet Jellet (1897-1944) in Dublin, Mainie was an Irish painter who made it her life’s mission to bring abstract and modernist art into the mainstream in Ireland through the use of religious themes. She studied first at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin and under Walter Sickert at the Westminster Technical Institute in London, but then travelled to Paris with fellow artist and friend Evie Hone to study under André Lhote and Albert Gleizes. It was here that she came in contact with cubism and abstract art, returning to Dublin in 1921 with the hopes of introducing the Irish public to impressionist and modern art.

While at first her work was received poorly, through personal effort she was able to turn criticism into success. She represented Ireland at the 1928 Olympic Games as an artist, was commissioned for works for the Glasgow Empire Exhibition (1938) and the Irish Pavilion at the New York World Fair (1939). Jellett was also a co-founder of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (1943).

Mainie Jellett - Auction results

There have been 10 artwork(s) sold in previous auctions
  • Lot 31 by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 31 Sale Date: 06 October 2010
    Result: £700
  • Lot 281 by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 281 Sale Date: 03 December 2008
    Result: £640
  • Lot 71 by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 71 Sale Date: 05 June 2013
    Result: £620
  • Lot 293 by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 293 Sale Date: 09 December 2009
    Result: £550
  • Lot 215 by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 215 Sale Date: 09 December 2009
    Result: £540
  • SEASCAPE by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    SEASCAPE Sale Date: 14 September 2017 Medium: Gouache on Board Size: H 6.5" x W 7"
    Result: £500
  • WOMAN KNITTING by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    WOMAN KNITTING Sale Date: 23 May 2018 Medium: Pen & Ink Drawing with Watercolour Wash Size: H 17" x W 12"
    Result: £500
  • Lot 255 by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 255 Sale Date: 05 December 2012
    Result: £450
  • READING THE PAPER by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    READING THE PAPER Sale Date: 25 February 2016 Medium: Black and White Etching Size: H 8" x W 6"
    Result: £300
  • LET THERE BE LIGHT by Mainie Jellett at Ross's Auctions
    LET THERE BE LIGHT Sale Date: 13 August 2015 Medium: Coloured Print Size: H 20" x W 16"
    Result: £20