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Cecil King’s work ‘Link’ makes economical use of simple elements on meticulously executed canvasses with a narrow peripheral band creating tension between figure and ground. The play between the flat surface and the illusionist third dimension was a continuing preoccupation in his work. Departing from his early semi-realist style, King’s later works have a distinctive minimalist formality, often involving clean blocks of colour cleaved at acute angles.

MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions101.6 x 71.12 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1856
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Cecil King, Link, 1976, Oil on canvas, 101.6 x 71.12 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Heritage Gift, P.J. Carroll & Co. Ltd. Art Collection, 2005

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About the Artist

Cecil King 1921–1986

Self-taught Irish artist Cecil King was a successful businessman, who began to paint in his mid-30s. Initially King painted in a semi-realist style. From the late 1960s figurative elements in his work were replaced by plain fields of colour and geometric forms. King was a founding organiser of Rosc. He was the subject of a major retrospective at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane in 1981, and a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2008. King’s work is held in numerous public and private collections. — View Artist »