Irish Artist Directory
James Sinton

James Sinton Sleator PRHA (Irish Artist Directory)

Full Name: James Sinton Sleator PRHA

Lived: 1885 - 1950

Categories: Painting, Portraiture

Artist Biography

Sleator was born in County Armagh and studied at the Belfast College of Art. In 1910 he joined Orpen at the Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin. In 1912 he went on to the Slade and from there to Paris where he spent a brief period before the outbreak of the Great War. By 1915 he was back in Dublin to teach at the School of Art and to exhibit for the first time at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Referring to his four portraits in this exhibition, The Studio commented 'one recognises ''quality'' of a very unique kind'. His rapidly executed head of a man in a red coat and his self-portraiture full of distinction and beauty of tone.' Within two years he had been elected Academician. In 1920 Sleator became a founder member of the Society of Dublin Painters although his work only appeared in the inaugural exhibition, and in 1922, he left Ireland to spend five years working in Florence. 

When he returned he set up a studio in London where he established a successful portrait practice. As Orpen's studio assistant Sleator often painted the sitter's clothing and background areas in his master's portraits, and shortly after Orpen's death in 1931, Sleator was asked to complete a number of his unfinished commissions, including portraits of Prince Arthur of Connaught and the Duchess of Westminster.

He exhibited at the Royal Academy, was friendly with Lavery and for a time took over his most celebrated pupil, Sir Winston Churchill. In 1941 he returned to Dublin, and in 1945 was elected President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, a post which he held until his death, when the position was taken by Sean Keating. His obituarist, Estella Solomons, noted his 'natural kindness' and 'abiding humour' and suggested that is was his 'warm and tolerant humanity which gave his work its real distinction'. 

James Sinton Sleator's work was included in "Ulster Artists" (2010).


James Sinton Sleator Art Previously On Sale at Adam’s Auctioneers

James Sinton Sleator PRHA (1885-1950) Still Life with Bread, Apples & Marmalade Oil on board, 35 ...

Hammer Price €7,200.00

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James Sinton Sleator PPRHA (1885-1950) A Dublin Interior Oil on canvas, 58 x 30cm (22.75 x 11.7...

Hammer Price €4,800.00

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Attributed to James Sinton Sleator RHA (1889-1950) Self-Portrait in the Artist's Studio Oil on bo...

Hammer Price €3,000.00

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James Sinton Sleator RHA (1889-1950) Lilacs in a Glass Vase Oil on board, 40.5 x 56cm (16 x 22'')...

Hammer Price €1,400.00

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James Sinton Sleator, RHA, (1885-1950) World War I Oil on canvas, 68 x 56cm, (26.75'' x 22'') Sig...

Hammer Price €800.00

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