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Andrew Vickery, b.1963

Do you know what you saw?2004

A journey by the artist aged 19, to see a performance of Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’ in Bayreuth, and a later re-tracing of that journey, led to a series of paintings depicted in ‘Do you know what you saw?’ as a projected slide-show. A theatre structure functions as a threshold to another reality; the (incomplete) slide narrative is intended to prompt the imagination of the viewer, further amplified by the use of music. Vickery’s deceptively simple painting technique adds to the overall air of enchantment in this piece. The title of the work is taken from a line in the opera, which describes the disarray of a brotherhood of monks who guard the Holy Grail, and tells the tale of Parsifal, a simple innocent who eventually saves them through his quest for wisdom and compassion.

MediumMixed media, slides
Dimensions Unframed, 120 x 85 x 50 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004
Item NumberIMMA.1659
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Andrew Vickery, Do you know what you saw?, 2004, Mixed media, slides, Unframed, 120 x 85 x 50 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2004

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

About the Artist

Andrew Vickery b.1963

Devon born artist Andrew Vickery paints from memories of specific experiences and events to consider recurring themes of culture, nature, travel and human relationships. His deceptively simple paintings, shown as slides within miniature theatre constructions, create partial narratives which invite the viewer to become a protagonist in the work. Vickery has exhibited widely in Ireland, including solo exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin in 2004 and 2013.

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