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Dermot Seymour, b.1956

Border of Vicissitude of Brexitaria2017

Dermot Seymour is probably best known for his representations of animals, domesticated and wild, naturalised in Ireland. That includes several kinds of fish (he is a fisherman), numerous cows, sheep, dogs, goats, hares and more. At one point he became known as a painter of cows. As he pointed out, there are many more cows in Ireland than humans. His depictions of animals usually refer to the activities of humans.

Born in Belfast, he grew up during the Troubles, and his first mature work dealt with the experience of living in the North.Much of his early work derived from what he perceived as the surreality of Northern Ireland, arising from the bizarre, disturbing collision of the militarised and the ordinarily rural, and the fact that everything in the North had a kind of identity code – even a cow could be a Protestant cow or a Catholic cow.

Text sourced from: https://www.kevinkavanagh.ie/artists/32-dermot-seymour/overview/

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions122 x 159 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4215
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Dermot Seymour, Border of Vicissitude of Brexitaria, 2017, Oil on canvas, 122 x 159 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021, 2021

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About the Artist

Dermot Seymour b.1956

Dermot Seymour was born in 1956 in Belfast. He attended the University of Ulster where he received a BA in Art and Design in 1978 and an Advanced Diploma in Art and Design in 1981.
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