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Mairead O'hEocha

Mairead O’hEocha’s quietly memorable Gallery 1 exhibition, ‘via An Lár’, took place in 2011. The subject-matter of the artist’s paintings – everyday urban places, downbeat country scenes, nondescript edgelands – remains consistent and the mood of her new work, a quizzical and affectionate kind of detachment, is also familiar. Her style has changed, though. Instead of adhering to the elegant tonal harmonies of the earlier pictures she now sets startling coloured highlights against her usual greys and blues, and this can make commonplace views look like hallucinations. The occasional stridency of her painterly vigour is equally disconcerting. Mairead O’hEocha has always liked to destabilise the normal, and this characteristic, wry but hard-hitting, is as pronounced as ever.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a new publication that considers the artist’s previous exhibition in the Douglas Hyde Gallery in the context of her more recent work. It includes a re-print of Isobel Harbison’s review of ‘via An Lár’ originally published in Frieze.

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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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