Following the penury of the 40s, Hennessy went on to become one of the most commercially successful artists in Ireland in the mid-20th century. He was instrumental in the founding of the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery in Dublin and he exhibited there regularly as well as in London and Chicago. In the late 50s he began to winter in Tangier, Morocco which was a focus for gay men like the Beat poets and the artists Francis Bacon and Cecil Beaton. Hennessy settled there permanently in the 1970s and it was here that he began to to make work with queer subject matter which was very radical for the time and holds a significant place within the canon of Irish art.
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