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Guggi, b.1959

Objects with Colour 22008

Universal symbols of life in its ordinariness and profundity, Guggi’s paintings present vessels such as bowls and jugs realized with the apparent simplicity of hand-drawn line. They float upon surfaces that are layered, built up and partially erased, sometimes accompanied by fragments of text or letters on the verge of disappearing. Suggestive of images and sounds, these works explore the transient frontiers between reality, memory, imagination and time.

MediumOil on wood
Dimensions 130 x 95 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by Sean Scully, 2009
Item NumberIMMA.2861
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Guggi, Objects with Colour 2, 2008, Oil on wood, 130 x 95 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by Sean Scully, 2009

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About the Artist

Guggi b.1959

Irish artist Guggi was born Derek Rowen in Dublin. He was part of the avant-garde band The Virgin Prunes from 1976 until 1984, when he left to become a full-time artist. Initially working in landscape, Guggi has developed a distinctive visual language based on abstracted vessel and bowl forms. He has exhibited widely since the 1990s, including solo exhibitions at the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin; the Accademia Fine Art, Monaco; Freies Museum, Berlin, and Yoshii Gallery, New York.
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