The renowned painter and Joycean scholar, Gerald Davis, has died at the age of 66.

Mr Davis, a prominent member of the Irish Jewish community, had been ill for some time. He is survived by his daughters Debbie and Judy and his son Leslie.

In his lifetime, the painter had more than 150 solo exhibitions to his credit. In 1977, Mr Davis was awarded a Gold Medal by the Arts Council and has represented Ireland abroad on several occasions.

In 1970 he opened his own gallery in Capel Street in Dublin where he pioneered the work of young Irish artists and craft-workers.

He was also a strong supporter of young musicians and produced albums by many of Ireland's most distinguished jazz musicians, actors and poets.