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Simon R. English, b.1956

Display Case1997

The series is closely connected to his personal life experience, one – the landscape series – grew out of his life on the family farm and the other is the furniture series, to which Table belongs. In a statement about this body of work the artist said “these started with empty bookcases, representing a search for knowledge and the anticipation of achieving it. Keeping the bookcase empty acknowledges that any achievement is ephemeral and leads to further desire. The later paintings in the series (a chair, table, cabinet etc) work with the ideas of anticipation of arrival and departure which were alluded to in the bookcase paintings.

MediumOil on panel
Dimensions 62 x 125 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated, 1998
Item NumberIMMA.801
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Simon R. English, Display Case, 1997, Oil on panel, 62 x 125 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated, 1998

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

About the Artist

Simon R. English b.1956

Irish artist Simon R. English studied at the Crawford College of Art, Cork. He has lectured in painting at the Crawford College and currently lives and works in Cork. English has exhibited extensively since the late 1970s. His work is held in private and public collections including the Office of Public Works, Dublin; Cork County Council; and University of Limerick.
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