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John Lalor, b.1960

MOMENT OF SURRENDER 140. Version 2. Dream Home2021

This ongoing series of over 70 paintings entitled Moment of Surrender is based on a script by Lalor, tells a story about a single father in his early thirties and his two young children trying to make ends meet in a post economical crash, in an almost unrecognizable Dublin.  The idea of moving becomes a constant element in Lalor’s work, whether it being through choice or through desperation.

The paintings in cinematic form trace how the young father is brought to the point where he is about to abandon his two young children to the Irish state in 2016. The broader social and political crisis of the property crash intersects with the crisis of subjectivity and memory of this figure.  The paintings describe interior and exterior spaces, architectural settings devoid of human presence but also interiors of an ‘affective’ kind, deeply embedded in the emotional and political landscape of the central protagonist.  The works explore the complexities of how public space and architecture confront personal politics, and move into more intimate private terrain often ordinary disregarded spaces. 

MediumOil on board
Dimensions Framed, 26 x 30 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4287
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
John Lalor, MOMENT OF SURRENDER 140. Version 2. Dream Home, 2021, Oil on board, Framed, 26 x 30 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

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

About the Artist

John Lalor b.1960

Born in Bray in 1960, John Lalor attended Limerick School of Art.  An accomplished painter, sculptor, scenographer, filmmaker and writer, he uses paintings in multiples, maquettes and scaled models, texts and film to problematise the medium of paint and explore the relationship between painting, film and text. Lalor has been based between Ireland and Paris since the late 1980s and his work has been exhibited widely in both Ireland and France.

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