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ROBERT BALLAGH Community of Faces

30 August–4 October 2003

The exhibition brings together Robert Ballagh's most intriguing portraits, which span the artists' long career and his ongoing exploration of personal and public issues.

Central to the exhibition is the showcasing of Ballagh's new portrait of his late colleague and sometimes mentor, the artist Michael Farrell (1940-2000).

The collective exhibition of portraits form links with both Ballagh and Farrell's artistic ideologies, some of which have never been on public view before, such as the portrait of Gerry Adams. Other familiars of the Irish cultural landscape appear, such as Oscar Wilde and Parnell.

Through his practice, Ballagh has always been connected to the contemporary moment. He "experiences the historical past as an unstable ideological site where there are matters to be settled" Ballagh's engagement with contemporary and historical issues is reflected in a style of painting once coined "photo-realism". However, within the artist's expansion of his impeccable technique, the potential for the symbolic and the abstract is endless.

The self-portrait appears also among the myriad of faces, playing a role such as voyeur or trans-historical visitor, occurring in the unexpected manner that you might find in a Valazquez or a Goya.

A full colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Brian O'Doherty "Robert Ballagh's Community of Faces"

Central to the exhibition is the showcasing of Ballagh's new portrait of his late colleague and sometimes mentor, the artist Michael Farrell (1940-2000).

The collective exhibition of portraits form links with both Ballagh and Farrell's artistic ideologies, some of which have never been on public view before, such as the portrait of Gerry Adams. Other familiars of the Irish cultural landscape appear, such as Oscar Wilde and Parnell.

Through his practice, Ballagh has always been connected to the contemporary moment. He "experiences the historical past as an unstable ideological site where there are matters to be settled" Ballagh's engagement with contemporary and historical issues is reflected in a style of painting once coined "photo-realism". However, within the artist's expansion of his impeccable technique, the potential for the symbolic and the abstract is endless.

The self-portrait appears also among the myriad of faces, playing a role such as voyeur or trans-historical visitor, occurring in the unexpected manner that you might find in a Valazquez or a Goya.

A full colour catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Brian O'Doherty "Robert Ballagh's Community of Faces"

Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland
T12 TNE6
Tel: 021 480 5042
info@crawfordartgallery.ie

General Opening Hours
N.B. Last entry is 16:45

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm
(2nd floor closes at 4:45 pm)
Late opening Thursdays until 8.00 pm
(2nd floor will remain open until 7:45 m on Thursdays commencing 19 March)

Sundays and Bank Holidays
Gallery: 11 am4 pm
Café: 11 am4 pm

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