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‘Billy’ is a self-portrait and one of a series of large photoworks which deal with the AIDS virus. Undertaken as a homage to friends and colleagues stricken by the disease in New York in the 1990s, Quinn photographed volunteers with an attribute against a gold leaf background reminiscent of the saints in medieval icons.

MediumLaser prints, gold and silver, acrylic on wood
Dimensions244 x 152 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1996
Item NumberIMMA.739
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Image Caption
Billy Quinn, Billy, 1991, Laser prints, gold and silver, acrylic on wood, 244 x 152 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1996

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About the Artist

Billy Quinn b.1954

Irish artist Billy Quinn (born 1954) studied at the National College of Art and Design. He relocated to London in 1974, and moved to New York in the 1990s. Quinn’s practice combines photography, painting, installation and performance, and deals with issues including AIDS and his Roman Catholic upbringing. Quinn returned to Ireland to take part in IMMA’s Artist's Residency Programme in 1995. He has since exhibited and taught in Ireland, the UK and the United States.
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