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Katy Moran

Katy Moran’s early paintings look rather like small semi-abstract pictures of the 1960s. As well as using generous gestural paint strokes, which seem oddly typical of those days, she often erases and erodes the surfaces, so the images sometimes appear to have been damaged or worn away by time. Besides, she frequently uses old-fashioned shades of glossy cream as ground colours, while vintage frames – grubby, and tarnished – complete the impression. And yet there is much more to them than that. The paintwork is perhaps a little too self-conscious to be completely credible, and the pictures often carry traces of figuration and recognisable subject matter (Moran frequently works with photographic sources), so it gradually becomes clear that these paintings are more complex than you might suppose.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

The Artist’s Eye
Éireann and I

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In this instalment, Alice Rekab has invited Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. […]

Alice Rekab
Family Lines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Alice Rekab. In their work Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, their family history, experiences of growing up, […]

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