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Fergus Feehily, b.1968


‘Overhead’ , 2004 is in many ways a simple painting, consisting of
a painted ground and a kind of drawing. In many of my paintings, there
is a tension between lightness and gravity – this is particularly true of
‘Overhead’. The drawing is made with the pigment Terre Verte, Green
Earth, yet it is something light, overhead, something reached for or
something aspirational. It is as light as a leaf or piece of paper floating
in the wind, yet earthed to the ground. The painting may also have been
influenced by a number of photographs I took of power cables, when
living in Tokyo, though it is not taken from nor based on any image.

Fergus Feehily, artist’s statement, Twenty exhibition guide, 2011.

MediumOil on mdf
Dimensions 25 x 20 x 1.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2005
Item NumberIMMA.1915
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Fergus Feehily, Overhead, 2004, Oil on mdf, 25 x 20 x 1.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2005

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

About the Artist

Fergus Feehily b.1968

Born in Dublin, Fergus Feehily studied at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. In the late 1990s Feehily received the Monbusho Scholarship to attend Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Through sometimes influenced by elements of the real world he does not like to define what particular paintings reference or refer to. Feehily has exhibited nationally and internationally. He currently lives and works in Berlin.
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