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Patricia Hurl, b.1943

Irish Gothic (Living Room)1985

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
Item NumberEX.CT.2023.PH.004
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), 1985, Oil on paper, Framed, 123 x 90 x 2 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art

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

About the Artist

Patricia Hurl b.1943

Originally from Dublin and a former member of Temple Bar Galleries and Studios, Dublin, Patricia Hurl often works in collaboration with artist Therry Rudin. Hurl was a lecturer in Fine Art Painting at the Dublin Institute of Technology and studied at the National College of Art and Design,1975 and at Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design,1984. Hurl established the Damer House Gallery in Co Tipperary along with Therry Rudin. Hurl has been the recipient of many awards most recently the Pollock Krasner Award in 2023. 

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