‘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.
|Medium||Co-polymer on Canvas|
|Dimensions||198 x 335 cm|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 1997|
|Out on loan||The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, Ireland, 01/10/2012 - 31/12/2019|
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