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Kevin Mooney


Blighters is a mirror world version of Vincent Van Gogh’s Potato Eaters (1885), a depiction of a peasant family eating a meal of potatoes. Mooney has suggested that van Gogh’s Potato Eaters ‘should be an Irish painting’; he describes seeing it for the first time while an art student and being struck by a moment of false recognition, as if this canvas was a missing link in Irish visual culture. 

The work was exhibited as part of Revenants, a solo exhibition of paintings by Cork-based artist Kevin Mooney in IMMA in 2022. Informed by Mooney’s engagement with Irish mythology, history and cultural migration, Revenants was an exercise in speculative art history which imagines the ‘lost’ art of an Irish diaspora.

MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions Unframed, 160 x 220 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase,
Item NumberIMMA.4448
Copyright Image © the artist | Photography: Denis Mortell Photography
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Kevin Mooney, Blighters, 2018, Oil on Canvas, Unframed, 160 x 220 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Kevin Mooney

Kevin Mooney is an Irish artist based in Sample-studios, Cork. Informed by mythology, history, and cultural migration, his work explores a speculative art history of the Irish diaspora.

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