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Felim Egan, b.1952

Landline1991

Born in Strabane, Felim Egan currently lives and works in Dublin. His paintings draw on an abstract language, captured in symbols relating to music, literature and the landscape. The use of geometric lines and forms are recurrent in his work, each painting revealing an individual mood and exposing a unique narrative.

Subtle greys and blues are regularly employed. ‘Landline’ is an example of both this use of colour, line and form. The lines in ‘Landline’ appear at once both spontaneous and considered. The manner in which the paint has been applied creates texture, adding a complexity in atmosphere.

“The presence which permeates Egan’s work is Sandymount Strand, its high tides lapping the sea-wall just a few yards from Egan’s house. Standing there you feel as tall as the horizon…”*

As Longley suggests in the above quote, there is the sense of a vastness in Egan’s paintings that in ‘Landline’ is inherently symbolically limited by the ‘vanishing point’.

*Michael Longley, ‘Playthings for the Soul, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; 1996 page 5

MediumAcrylic, mixed media on canvas
Dimensions160 x 200 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, Maire and Maurice Foley, 2000
Item NumberIMMA.880 FD
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Felim Egan, Landline, 1991, Acrylic, mixed media on canvas, 160 x 200 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, Maire and Maurice Foley, 2000

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About the Artist

Felim Egan b.1952

Irish painter Felim Egan studied in Belfast, Portsmouth and the Slade School of Art, London. Hiss paintings draw on an abstract language, captured in symbols relating to music, literature and landscape, most often that of Sandymount Strand where he has lived and painted since the 1980s. Egan has exhibited across Europe since 1979. He represented Ireland at the Biennale de Paris in 1981 and the São Paulo Biennale in 1985. Egan had a major solo exhibition at IMMA in 1996. — View Artist »