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Patricia Hurl, b.1943

Irish Gothic (Living Room)1984

Hurl’s work references her experience of growing up in a religious household, where the sacraments and ritual of communion, marriage and death were revered and firmly abided by. Irish Gothic, the painting which lends its title to Hurl’s current retrospective exhibition at IMMA, presents a newly married couple standing solemnly in front of a quintessential suburban house surrounded by a picket fence, their faces obscured as they are faced with a lifetime mortgage. In her early works Hurl exposed the suburban home as less than perfect.

MediumOil on paper
Dimensions Framed, 123 x 90 x 2 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2023
Item NumberIMMA.4447
Copyright Image © the artist | Photography: Denis Mortell Photography
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Patricia Hurl, Irish Gothic (Living Room), 1984, Oil on paper, Framed, 123 x 90 x 2 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2023

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

About the Artist

Patricia Hurl b.1943

Irish artist Patricia Hurl studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design. Hurl was a lecturer in Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and was a member of Temple Bar Galleries and Studios. Together with artist Therry Rudin, she established the Damer House Gallery in Co Tipperary in 2012. A major retrospective of her work took place in IMMA in 2023. She received the Pollock Krasner Award in 2023.


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