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Ronnie Hughes, b.1965

Espresso Mundo1996

‘Espresso Mundo’ is from a body of work by Ronnie Hughes from the mid-1990s. While in the past social and cultural issues acted as central concerns, his more recent work endeavours to retain the visual essence of earlier paintings while avoiding the literal or referential, a process of ’emptying out’. The open-endedness present in images such as ‘Espresso Mundo’ are represented by a list of poetic associations provided by the artist: “surfboards, Prozac, remote control buttons, amoebas, tic-tacs, vitamin pills, e-numbers and the stuff that appears when you stick fingers in your eyes”*.

*News Release, ‘Lines of Desire’, Ronnie Hughes. Recent Work, Ormeau Baths Gallery, March 2003.

MediumCo-polymer on Canvas
Dimensions198 x 335 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1997
Item NumberIMMA.498
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Ronnie Hughes, Espresso Mundo, 1996, Co-polymer on Canvas, 198 x 335 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1997

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About the Artist

Ronnie Hughes b.1965

Northern Irish painter Ronnie Hughes studied art at the University of Ulster, Belfast. While social and cultural issues were central concerns in his early work, more recently Hughes has moved towards an avoidance of the literal or directly referential in his paintings. Hughes has had many solo exhibitions in Ireland since 1989. He has completed residencies in New York, Nebraska and Canada, and has been involved in a number of international group shows. — View Artist »