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Ciarán Murphy’s enigmatic paintings such as L-2 take their starting point from a wide-ranging and ever growing archive of images, found, collected and carefully arranged into categories by the artist. This unseen archive forms the backbone that haunts the finished works. Through a process of editing, erasing, overwriting or simply replacing what has been painted and unpainted, the work leaves a sense that is not quite of loss, or absence, but rather the presence of a non-thing.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions120 x 150 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2017
Item NumberIMMA.4024
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Ciarán Murphy, L-2, 2013, Oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection, 2017

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About the Artist

Ciarán Murphy b.1978

Born in Mayo, Ciarán Murphy lives and works in Kilkenny. His enigmatic paintings take their starting point from a wide-ranging and ever growing archive of images found, collected and carefully arranged into categories by the artist. — View Artist »